Players in football’s biggest leagues have begun the battle to be the most creative player in Europe this season.
The 2022/23 season will see the European King Award handed out once again, with Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Muller winning after their achievements last season.
Bayern star Muller has dominated over recent years, having been impressively named the continent’s most creative player in the previous three seasons despite the Bundesliga only having played 34 games instead of 38 from many of the other major leagues.
Last year, he had to share the award with Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe, as both players finished the level after achieving 18 league assists.
Therefore, Mbappe and Muller entered this season as one of the best candidates to provide the most assists in Europe.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Lionel Messi has also been the main contender for the most assists in the five major leagues in Europe, having performed consistently well in this ranking over recent years.
He was a prolific creator in France last season and has previously recorded solid passing totals in most years for Barcelona in La Liga.
In the Premier League, it was Kevin De Bruyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bruno Fernandes who led the betting odds for the most goals in the Premier League at the start of the season.
They were hoping for a challenge that would end Muller’s race at the top of the creative charts.
The player with the most assists in the top five European leagues – the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Ligue 1 and Ligue 1 will win the UEFA King’s Assistant Prize for Europe 2022/23.
There are no coefficients or metrics used for these leagues – just rank the most goals created by each player in the top five leagues into one table.
We’ll also track down which players provide the most help in each of these five divisions individually, so follow this page for the latest rankings throughout the campaign.
Who has the most assists in Europe?
Roberto Firmino has joined an impressive group of players chasing Neymar at the top of the assists rankings for the 2022/23 season.
The Liverpool striker was in impressive form on Saturday, scoring two goals and adding three assists in a history-making performance from the Reds.
With Firmino on fire, Liverpool crushed newly promoted Bournemouth 9-0 to equal the Premier League record for the biggest win.
Three other Premier League stars, Gabriel Jesus, Jack Harrison and Kevin De Bruyne, are among the chasing group of seven players who have provided three assists so far this season.
But it was Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar who got off to a great start in the race for the title of the most creative player in Europe.
While his teammates Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi were among the main candidates to win this award in the 2022/23 season, PSG also has another talented creator in Neymar.
Neymar has provided six assists so far, as well as six goals, meaning he tops the European Golden Shoe rankings and the continent’s creative charts after four impressive matches.
The Brazilian star made a great start to the season in the first round of the match, equaling Firmino’s achievement by scoring three goals in Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 victory over Claremont Foot, as well as scoring for himself.
Neymar was fit again in the 5-2 win over Montpellier in the second week of the season, scoring two goals, although he had no further help.
However, he then got three more assists in one match as PSG defeated Lille 7-1 away from home.
Neymar did not add an assist against Monaco on Sunday, but he scored a late penalty that saved the 1-1 draw with PSG and continued his impressive start to a Ligue 1 season that saw him score 12 goals.
Neymar’s best assists in a season is 13, a total he reached in just 20 matches during his debut with Paris Saint-Germain (2017/18).
The chase group trails with three assists, with Union Berlin’s Jordan Sepacho this week joining Firmino, Jesus, De Bruyne, Harrison, Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic and Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix scoring three goals.
Defending champion Thomas Muller made a great start, scoring twice in Bayern Munich’s 6-1 thrashing of Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt to open the season.
But Muller has now gone three games without making a goal, including a tricky weekend game for Bayern, who had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Messi is on a par with Muller with assists so far, but Mbappe – who shared the title with the Bayern player last year – has not made a goal after this season, even if he scored on four occasions.
Players in the La Liga and Serie A have kicked off their campaigns a week after the other three major leagues, meaning the stars of the Premier League, the Premier League and the First Division are the most visible to date as the race to be crowned Europe’s most creative player rages on. .
Real Madrid star Karim Benzema, who has one assist, is one of the standout players from those leagues who is likely to start gaining ground in this ranking over the coming weeks.
Most assists in Europe 2022/23
|Joao Felix||Atletico Madrid||3|
|Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester||3|
|Jordan Sepacho||Union Berlin||3|
|Lionel Messi||Paris Saint-Germain||2|
|Danny Olmo||RB Leipzig||2|
|Olly Watkins||Aston Villa||2|
|Son Heung Min||Tottenham||1|
|Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||1|
Who has had the most assists in previous seasons?
Thomas Muller and Kylian Mbappe shared the European Nursing King Award by scoring 18 goals each last season, beating Lionel Messi (14) for third place.
Mohamed Salah (13) was in a draw for fourth place after scoring the most assists in the English Premier League, while Domenico Berardi and Ousmane Dembele (both 13) took the lead in La Liga and La Liga, respectively.
Muller was named the European Passing King in each of the previous two seasons (2019/20 and 2020/21), scoring 40 assists in those campaigns in the Bundesliga.
The Bayern Munich star finished with five assists at the expense of joint runners-up Harry Kane and Philip Kostik in 2020/21, scoring 19 goals in total.
Iago Aspas (13) had the most assists in the La Liga that year, while Ruslan Malinovskiy and Memphis Depay (both 12) topped the nursing charts in Serie A and Ligue 1 respectively.
Muller’s first title came when he scored 21 assists to defeat only Messi, who scored 20 in La Liga 2019/20 with Barcelona. Kevin De Bruyne was another loser with 20 assists and topping the Premier League charts.
The award for the most creative player in Europe in 2018/19 went to Eden Hazard. He had 15 assists for Chelsea, meaning he narrowly beat Jadon Sancho (14) and Ryan Fraser (14) for the award.
De Bruyne had the most assists in Europe during 2017/18. He made 16 goals for his teammates in Manchester City. Leroy Sane (15), Dimitri Payet (14) and Luis Alberto (14) narrowly missed.
|2021/22||Thomas Muller, Bayern / Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain (joint)||18|
|2020/21||Thomas Muller, Bayern||19|
|2019/20||Thomas Muller, Bayern||21|
|2018/19||Eden Hazard, Chelsea||15th|
|2017/18||Kevin De Bruyne, Man City||16|
What is the help?
Soccer assist is usually attributed to the player who plays the final pass or cross before a goal is scored. A player may receive acknowledgment of creating a goal by giving them an assist even if the pass or touch they made to set up the scorer was unintentional.
There can be slight differences in how help is scored and allocated according to the criteria of each official competition. For example, if a player’s pass towards the scorer takes a deflection on its way to the intended target, the assist is often not counted. A player who wins a penalty kick and it is scored doesn’t usually get help either.
In addition to the officially recognized statistic, assistance is often important in the fantasy football games and betting markets.