The battle to be crowned King of European Assists for the 2021/22 season has come to an end and there is a familiar face and a new rival at the top of the table.
Thomas Müller has been the man to beat in recent years, impressively being named the continent’s best creative player for the previous two consecutive seasons despite the fact that the Bundesliga has just 34 games instead of the 38 of many other major leagues.
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Thus, Müller headed into this season as one of the frontrunners to produce the most assists in Europe.
European Golden Boot: 2021/22 ranking and award history
The 2021/22 European Assist King award will be won by the player who provides the most assists in the five major European leagues: the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
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No coefficients or scales are used for these leagues, they only rank the most goals created by each player in the top five leagues condensed into a single table.
We’ll also be tracking the players producing the most assists in each of those five divisions individually, so keep an eye on this page for the latest standings throughout the season.
MORE ASSISTANCES IN EUROPE 2021/22
Thomas Müller and Kylian Mbappe have finished tied in the race to be crowned Europe’s most creative player after both players had 18 assists in the final standings.
Müller and PSG star Mbappé had the most assists in Europe’s top five leagues this season, meaning the prize is shared and the Bayern striker wins a historic third successive European Assist King title.
The 32-year-old’s numbers slowed in the second half of the Bundesliga campaign, but he added one more crucial assist to his tally as champions Bayern ended the year with a 2-2 draw against Wolfsburg.
The experienced attacker Müller led the standings for much of the season, but his closest rivals closed the gap.
And when Bayern ended their league games early due to the shortened top-flight season in Germany, he faced a nervous wait to see if Mbappe would top him.
After recording a league assist on 15 January, Muller made 10 consecutive Bundesliga appearances for Bayern without creating another goal, a run that nearly cost him his life.
But he snapped that streak when he registered an assist as Bayern beat rival Dortmund 3-1 to clinch the Bundesliga title on April 23 and the goal created against Wolfsburg on May 14 kept him with a chance.
Müller has amassed an incredible 21, 19 and 18 assist totals over the past three seasons.
This year, however, he had a formidable opponent in the form of PSG striker Mbappe, who emerged in the second half of the season to remove the huge lead Müller had built.
With 18 assists in Ligue 1, World Cup winner Mbappe more than doubled his total from last season and posted the best creative tally of his career to date.
World Cup winner Mbappé provided two assists as well as a goal as PSG thrashed Montpellier 4-0 in the penultimate game of the season, recovering from a 2-2 draw with Troyes that was a rare outing. without a goal involved.
With Bayern done for the season, PSG still had a game to play against Metz, and Mbappe, after news broke that he was signing a new contract with the club, scored a hat-trick in a 5-5 win. -0, but crucial for these the classification did not create a goal.
Still, with 28 goals and 18 assists in 35 league games, Mbappé can reflect on a remarkable campaign and looks set to challenge regularly in this ranking for years to come. Few would bet against him adding to this first win.
Behind the top two, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, Ousmane Dembele, Domenico Berardi, Marco Reus and Christopher Nkunku were adrift with five assists in the 13th and were fighting for a place on the podium going into the final day.
Messi then scored in PSG’s win over Metz to move into 14th and claim outright possession of third place, giving the French side two of the top three players in the standings.
Barcelona great Messi sensationally assisted three of PSG’s six goals scored at Clermont Foot on April 9 as part of a strong end to the season.
While he struggled to score goals at a prolific rate in France this year, Messi has continued his career trend of being an excellent creator.
RB Leipzig’s in-form star Nkunku finishes level at five for fourth after creating a goal in a 1-0 win at Leverkusen on April 17. He racked up four assists last month.
Salah recently overtook Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold in the standings and finished with the most assists in the Premier League, as well as a share of the Golden Boot.
He topped the English top-flight standings in both goals (22) and assists (13) after an impressive campaign, although his momentum slowed slightly during the final weeks of the season.
Reus is also in that group. The Dortmund attacking midfielder racked up eight assists in a seven-game run in the Bundesliga to top the creative standings.
Berardi registered the most assists in Serie A this season and has added three assists in his last five games to end the season strongly for Sassuolo.
Dembélé finished with the highest number of goals created in the First Division. The Barcelona winger racked up 11 of his 13 assists since February 20.
Alexander-Arnold, Moussa Diaby, Karim Benzema and Benjamin Bourigeaud finished with 12 assists.
They were joined in that total by Inter duo Hakan Calhanoglu and Nicolo Barella, who assisted in a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on the final day.
Then there’s an impressive group with 11 assists that includes Muller’s Bayern teammate Joshua Kimmich.
Salah’s Liverpool colleague Andrew Robertson and Vinicius Junior were among a group of players who reached 10 assists in 2021/22.
European assistant kings 2021/22
Who had more 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 has been named the European King of Assists in each of the last two seasons (2019/20 and 2020/21), as he registered 40 assists in those Bundesliga campaigns.
The Bayern star finished five assists clear of joint runners-up Harry Kane and Filip Kostic last season, with 19 goals created in total.
Premier League Golden Boot: Current standings and past winners
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 provided 21 assists to narrowly beat Lionel Messi, who had 20 in 2019/20 La Liga with Barcelona. Kevin De Bruyne was another to narrowly miss out after he too assisted 20 goals and topped 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 edged out Jadon Sancho (14) and Ryan Fraser (14) for the award.
De Bruyne had the most assists in Europe during 2017/18. He created 16 goals for his Man City teammates. Leroy Sane (15), Dimitri Payet (14) and Luis Alberto (14) narrowly missed out.
What is an assist?
An assist in soccer is usually credited to the player who makes the last pass or cross before scoring a goal. A player may be credited for creating a goal by receiving an assist, even if the pass or touch he has made to set up the goal scorer is unintentional.
There may be slight differences in how assists are recorded and assigned based on the criteria of each official competition. For example, if a player’s pass to a goal scorer deviates on its way to its intended goal, an assist is often not credited. A player who wins a penalty that is then scored does not usually get an assist either.
In addition to being a recognized official statistic, assists are often important in fantasy football games and betting markets.
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