The list of players to boast 10 or more goals and assists in league play across the top five leagues of Europe is a pretty exclusive club, one led by two players whose teams failed miserably in Champions League player this season.
It’s a more exclusive club this season because one of those leagues, France’s Ligue 1, cut its season short and no player made more than 28 appearances.
Almost as remarkable, two of the three Premier League players to do the trick did it in 2800 minutes or less.
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Before we dig into the double-double stars, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the French league’s “would’ves.” Angel Di Maria had 8 goals and 14 assists in 2005 minutes for PSG while Neymar had 13 and 6 in 1322 and Kylian Mbappe recorded 18 and 5 in 1516. Islam Slimani of Monaco had 9 and 7 in 1286 minutes.
Alassane Plea, Borussia Monchengladbach — 10 goals, 10 assists
Teammate Marcus Thuram came close to joining the ex-Nice star.
Mikel Oyarzabal, Real Sociedad — 11 goals, 10 assists
The 23-year-old winger also drove his La Liga outfit into an all-Basque final of the Copa del Rey, scoring in both legs of the semifinals.
Heung-min Son, Tottenham Hotspur — 11 goals, 10 assists
Also scored nearly a goal-per-game in Spurs’ Champions League run.
Serge Gnabry, Bayern Munich — 12 goals, 10 assists
A fourth-straight double-digit goal season across three Bundesliga clubs since departing Arsenal for playing time (first on loan).
Domenico Berardi, Sassuolo — 14 goals, 10 assists
Five goals and two assists in his first three Serie A outings set the table for the rambunctious attacker.
OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH QUEL BUT EXCEPTIONNEL DE BERARDI ! #SassuoloGenoa pic.twitter.com/aIyio3eORA
— Feuille de Match VOD X (@FeuilleX) July 29, 2020
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool — 19 goals, 10 assists
Second in the PL in expected goals (20.66), the Egyptian had 10 goals and three assists in a 14-match run spanning Dec. 7 to March 7.
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City — 13 goals, 20 assists
The Premier League’s Player of the Season could’ve broken Thierry Henry’s PL single-season record instead of tying it, leading the PL with 20.62 expected assists. That’s nearly 10.5 more than runner-up Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund — 17 goals, 16 assists
Maybe Lucien Favre was spurning his star like he did when Christian Pulisic decided to leave last season, but Sancho’s incredible season was achieved in under 2300 minutes despite no lengthy injury absences. Will he end up staying at BVB?
Lionel Messi, Barcelona — 25 goals, 21 assists
The world’s best player’s record-breaking season made more remarkable by the deeply-flawed team around him.