The players topping the list of most appearances are Sadio Mané, Ángel Correa and Karim Benzema with 224, 220 and 218 games played in the last five seasons respectively.
We also looked at the greatest teams on the international stage. Italy came out on top with 36% wins to apparences winning the world cup 4 times and appearing in two finals too. Interestingly, Italy hasn’t qualified for this year’s World Cup.
The teams in joint second place are Germany and New Zealand who both have 33% of their tournament appearances.
MVP of the Top 5 Leagues in Europe
By Anonymous (not verified), September 20, 2022
Thank you, Ticket Source:
Lionel Messi is officially the world’s best international soccer player with over 200 club appearances, 162 goals and 79 assists, according to a new study which reveals the top 10.
New research from TicketSource analysed data on every player to have played in Europe's top five leagues in the last five seasons to find out who can be crowned the soccer MVP. The study also investigated the best young players who might step up to the plate at the Qatar World Cup.
Please view the full research here: https://www.ticketsource.us/trophy-mvps
The world's 10 best international players:
Lionel Messi is thought by many to be the greatest player ever to play the game, and the numbers back him up. Messi is one of a handful of players appearing at the World Cup to have played over 200 league and European games in the last five years and is the second-highest goal scorer and assist maker.
In second place is Poland’s goal-scoring machine, Robert Lewandowski. Lewandowski has scored 207 goals in the last five years - the most of any player studied and over 50 more than second place Lionel Messi.
France is the only country to have two players in the top 10, Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema who rank 3rd and 5th respectively.
The world's 5 best young players:
Brazil and Real Madrid star Rodrygo tops the list of best young players, already having racked up over 100 appearances for Los Blancos in the last five years. Aged just 21, he’s already established himself as part of one of the biggest teams in the world and is seen as a potential successor to Neymar in the Brazil side.
In second is England’s Bukayo Saka, who misses by virtue of having just four fewer appearances and one fewer assist than Rodrygo. Saka has already featured at a major international tournament, missing the crucial penalty as England reached the Euro 2020 final, but will be hoping to go one better in Qatar.
You can view the full research by clicking here.