|Issue number 285 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post highlights the players who created the most big chances for their teammates in big-5 league matches over three different periods: last year, last three years and last five years.
Lionel Messi is clearly at the head of the tables for the last five and three years, while Ángel Di María tops the last-year rankings.
According to the data from OptaPro, over the five past years, Lionel Messi created a big chance every 90 minutes.
The frequency of big chances created by the Argentinean went even up during the last year (87 minutes).
This clearly indicates that the Barcelona prodigy is far from being on the downhill slope of his career.
At the second and third positions for the different periods analysed are Ángel Di María and Kevin de Bruyne for the last five years,
Thomas Müller and Kevin de Bruyne for the past three, as well as Thomas Müller and Lionel Messi the last one.
During last year, besides Lionel Messi, three other players have created at least one big chance every 90 minutes: Thomas Müller (every 72 minutes), Ángel Di María (82 minutes) and Kevin de Bruyne (every 87 minutes).
This is the fab four for chance creation!
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