Messi, Neymar, Mbappe, De Bruyne: 20 players with best assists-per-game ratio since 2000

Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria at PSG

Kevin De Bruyne is arguably the best playmaker in the world at the moment.

The Belgian’s vision and superb technical ability means he has recorded a plethora of assists in his career.

But how does his assists tally compare to some of the best in the business since 2000?

Pop Foot have named the 20 players with the best assists-per-game ratios in the 21st century.

It’s no surprise that De Bruyne features. But is he top? View their findings below…

20. Thierry Henry – 0.26 (236 assists in 917 games)

19. Trent Alexander-Arnold – 0.26 (64 assists 248 games)

18. Francesco Totti – 0.26 (221 assists in 844 games)

17. Christian Eriksen – 0.26 (171 assists in 653 games)

16. Luis Figo – 0.26 (244 assists in 931 goals)

15. Dries Mertens – 0.26 (212 assists in 802 games)

14. Luis Suarez – 0.27 (232 assists in 869 games)

Luis Suarez in action for Nacional
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13. Cesc Fabregas – 0.28 (230 assists in 8329 games)

12. James Rodriguez – 0.28 (152 assists in 540 games)

11. Thomas Muller – 0.30 (234 assists in 781 games)

10. Hakim Ziyech – 0.31 (125 assists in 407 games)

9. David Beckham – 0.31 (259 assists in 843 games)

8. Kylian Mbappe – 0.31 (105 assists in 336 games)

7. Dusan Tadic – 0.32 (238 assists in 733 games)

6. Jadon Sancho – 0.33 (66 assists in 202 games)

5. Lionel Messi – 0.34 (333 assists in 976 games)

4. Neymar – 0.35 (235 assists in 681 games)

3. Mesut Ozil – 0.35 (240 assists in 684 games)

Mesut Ozil in action for Arsenal
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2. Kevin De Bruyne – 0.36 (225 assists in 629 games)

1. Angel Di Maria – 0.37 (253 assists in 682 games)

De Bruyne’s assists-per-game tally of 0.36 puts him in second place, just behind Di Maria.

Ozil, who enjoyed an almost telepathic partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo for three seasons at Real Madrid, takes third.

Neymar is fourth, just ahead of Messi, who is perhaps surprisingly low down in fifth.

The duo’s PSG teammate, Mbappe, has a 0.31 assists-per-game ratio, the eighth highest since 2000.

Alexander-Arnold just about sneaks into the top 20.

The Liverpool star’s assists-peer-game ratio of 0.26 is ridiculous for a defender.

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