European Assists King

European Assists King 2021/22: Benzema & Mbappe take fight to Pogba

The Man Utd midfielder did not have an assist at West Ham, meaning some of his rivals moved closer to him in the standings.

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has made a fantastic start to the season Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has made a fantastic start to the season
9:40am on Tuesday 21st September 2021
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The battle to be crowned European Assists King for the 2021/22 season has started.

Thomas Müller has set the standard over recent years, impressively being named the continent’s top creative player on two straight occasions despite the Bundesliga having fewer matches than the other major leagues.

He again went into this season as a top candidate to produce the most assists in Europe.

Former winner Kevin De Bruyne and his new Man City team-mate Jack Grealish are also among those expected to feature near the top in our list of the most creative players in Europe, with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes among the Man Utd contenders.

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Lionel Messi and Harry Kane have also fared well in the creative charts over recent seasons, though the winner could well be unexpected, with player totals for assists typically less stable than goals on an annual basis.

The 2021/22 European Assist King award will be won by the player in the top-five European leagues – the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 – who provides the most assists.

There are no coefficients or scales used - just ranking the most goals created by each player in the top-five leagues condensed into a single table.

We will also track the players who produce the most assists in each of those five divisions individually, so stay tuned to this page for the latest standings throughout the campaign.


Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe are among the players taking the fight to Paul Pogba in the race to be named European Assists King for 2021/22.

Manchester United midfielder Pogba did not register an assist in the entertaining 2-1 Premier League win for his side over West Ham on Sunday.

That opened the door to some of his rivals in the race to be the most creative player in Europe to close the impressive gap he had built across the early weeks of the season.

There are now two players within two assists of Pogba at the top of the assist charts.

Karim Benzema scored one goal and set up the other as Real Madrid produced a late comeback to beat Valencia 2-1.

The France star now has six goals and five assists from just five Primera Division matches in an incredible start to the season.

Nantes forward Moses Simon had two assists in the 4-1 win at Angers to move on to five assists himself, already matching his total from the previous two Ligue 1 seasons.

There are four players with four assists who trail Pogba by three, including Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe joined that group with an assist as PSG just found a way to beat Lyon 2-1 on Sunday.

Two-time defending champion Thomas Muller has made a steady start, having registered two assists in five Bundesliga games so far.

2021/22 European Assist Kings

Paul PogbaMan Utd7
Karim BenzemaReal Madrid5
Moses SimonNantes5
Kylian MbappePSG4
Florian WirtzBayer Leverkusen4
Erling HaalandDortmund4
Andrej KramaricHoffenheim4
Michail AntonioWest Ham3
Gabriel JesusMan City3
Abdoulaye DoucoureEverton3
Mateo KovacicChelsea3
Joshua KimmichBayern3
Iker MuniainAthletic Bilbao3
Razvan MarinCagliari3
Borna SosaStuttgart3
Luis AlbertoLazio3
Nicolo BarellaInter3
Przemyslaw FrankowskiLens3
Jonathan ClaussLens3
Ludovic AjorqueStrasbourg3
Romain FaivreBrest3
Mohamed SalahLiverpool2
Thomas MullerBayern2

Who had the most assists in previous seasons?

2020/21: Thomas Müller, Bayern (19 assists)

2019/20: Thomas Müller, Bayern (21 assists)

2018/19: Eden Hazard, Chelsea (15 assists)

2017/18: Kevin De Bruyne, Man City (16 assists)

Thomas Müller was named the European Assists King in each of the last two seasons (2019/20 and 2020/21), as he recorded 40 assists across those campaigns in the Bundesliga.

The Bayern star finished five assists clear of joint runners-up Harry Kane and Filip Kostic last season, finishing with 19 goals created.

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Iago Aspas (13) had the most assists in La Liga last season, while Ruslan Malinovskiy and Memphis Depay (both 12) topped the assist charts in Serie A and Ligue 1 respectively.

Muller’s first crown came when he had 21 assists to only just beat Lionel Messi, who had 20 in La Liga 2019/20 for Barcelona. Kevin De Bruyne was another to narrowly miss out after he also set up 20 goals and topped the Premier League charts.

The award for 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) to the award.

De Bruyne had the most assists in Europe during 2017/18. He created 16 goals for his Man City team-mates. Leroy Sane (15), Dimitri Payet (14) and Luis Alberto (14) all narrowly missed out.

What is an assist?

An assist in football is usually credited to the player who plays the final pass or cross before a goal is scored. A player may receive recognition for creating a goal by being awarded an assist even if the pass or touch they have made to set up the goalscorer is unintentional.

There can be slight differences in how assists are recorded and allocated depending on the criteria of each official competition. For example, if a player’s pass towards a goalscorer takes a deflection on its way to the intended target, an assist is often not credited. A player who wins a penalty that is then scored does not usually get an assist either.

As well as a recognised official statistic, assists are often important in fantasy football games and betting markets.

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