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Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by obembet(f): 8:09pm On Aug 30, 2020
Lionel Messi has informed Barcelona of his decision to depart the club and many fans may wonder which player would be able to fill his void.

The Argentine is considered as the best player in the world but we are going to attempt to find which footballer could possibly replace him in the Blaugrana's starting line-up.

To do so, we are going to use a scouting tool called ScoutIT, developed by data analyst Jesus Lagos and utilise various parameters to be as accurate as possible.

We will look for the metrics that best define Messi based on data from the 2019/20 season, we will put a limit concerning the age of the player who could replace him and explore Europe's top five leagues choosing players who feature in the positions the Argentine covers on the pitch.

We have picked 16 metrics that best represent Messi's game: successful wide passes completed, successful passes into space, penalties scored, freekicks on target, successful dribbles, shots on goal, precision in passing in the final third, successful vertical passes, accuracy of smart passes along with an average of 90 minutes of successful attacking actions, xG or expected goals, xA or expected assists, touches in the area, goals, assists and offensive duels won.

At Barcelona, the Argentine had the freedom to play in different positions throughout games and for this reason we picked footballers who play as strikers, second strikers, left forwards, right forwards, attacking midfielders, right and left attacking midfielders, and right and left wingers.

This will be important because the tool will be able to tell us through its heat maps, not only which player resembles Messi in terms of metrics, but also in terms of the positions he occupies on the field, which makes our search much more precise.

It is also necessary for reliable results to come out to search between players with a minimum number of minutes.

Thus, we have set the filter at 1,350 minutes, which is about 15 full games and between 18 to 30 years old.

Finally, we have selected the five major leagues (Premier League, LaLiga Santander, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1) and four more because of the quality they produce: Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and the Netherlands.

As a result we managed a list of ten candidates of which we are going to analyse the five whose balance between similarities in metrics and positioning on the field most resemble Messi: Neymar (second most similar in metrics although only 14 percent similarity in areas of the field), Riyad Mahrez (third with 61 percent), Paulo Dybala (fourth with 91 percent), Steven Berghuis (sixth with 64 percent) and Bruno Fernandes (eighth with 77 percent).

Messi vs Dybala
One could say that the Juventus forward is the player who most resembles Messi.

The Juventus 26-year-old has similar metrics and plays in almost the same areas on the pitch as his compatriot.

He was slightly improved in offensive duels won and in both vertical and final third passes but still has room for improvement in terms of goals and assists.

Messi vs Mahrez

Mahrez stands out for his ability to play incisive passes but his goal and assist numbers are not ideal.

He could be a decent replacement for Messi and can be used as makeweight in the event that Barcelona negotiate their captain's departure to Manchester City.

Messi vs Neymar

His metrics are almost identical to those of Messi although the 28-year-old forward moves around different areas on the pitch compared to his former teammate.

Neymar betters the Argentine in terms of scoring but can't beat him in assists.

Messi vs Bruno Fernandes

Although his metrics are not very similar to Messi's, he moves where the Argentine tends to move on the pitch.

His dribbling numbers are identical to the Argentine's, he is usually very precise in his shots and has a high ratio of expected assists per 90 minutes.
He is usually very precise in his shooting and has a high ratio of expected assists every 90 minutes.

Messi vs Berghuis

Feyenoord's 28-year-old winger has very striking metrics and his action zone is 64 percent similar to Messi's.

He is a good finisher, with decent XG, goal ratio and high number of shots on target.

Berghuis betters Messi in terms of freekicks on target, he is a good passer and could be a cheap and interesting option for Barcelona.

Thanks to ScoutlT tool we can get an idea of which player can replace Messi at Barcelona, although scouting departments must always rely on other aspects such as video analysis or psychological analysis.

https://amp.marca.com/en/football/barcelona/2020/08/30/5f47f564ca4741e42e8b461d.html

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by paulolee(m): 8:12pm On Aug 30, 2020
NOBODY can replace him bt the best fit option would be Neyma, thats the only closer option...
neyma have been in barca and already knows how to win in la liga and in barca and he would easily adapt unlike all those other options that would be bought with huge fees and may end up as flops jus like dembele n the others..
if messi leaves they would be soo much expectations on his replacement and only neyma is able to carry such load because he is used to it already in brazil and in paris even if we all know that messi shoe is jus too big to be replaced easily bcoz leo left the bar too High for any other player...

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by shamsin6300(m): 8:20pm On Aug 30, 2020
There's no any better replacement for the she goat. Barca should adapt to their tiki-taka system of playing and stop relying on someone, the earlier the better. Las las Madrid are alright without Ronaldo.

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by theoneJabulani(m): 8:21pm On Aug 30, 2020
For me, there can be no replacement for the best, the tormentor of the Bernabeu. I salute the GOAT.


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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by div111(m): 8:25pm On Aug 30, 2020
for me, dybala might replace messi

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by obembet(f): 8:29pm On Aug 30, 2020
div111:
for me, dybala might replace messi

Nobody can replace messi...his legacy will always remain untouchable in Barcelona not laliga ...no one can fill his shoe for Barcelona for now.. Am not sure if anyone one can do it in future

GIVE LIKE FOR THE OGA PATAPATA OF THEM ALL CR7. THE GREATEST GOAT EVER.

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by div111(m): 8:31pm On Aug 30, 2020
obembet:


Nobody can replace messi...his legacy will always remain untouchable in Barcelona not laliga ...no one can fill his shoe for Barcelona for now.. Am not sure if anyone one can do it in future


Lalasticlala


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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by Nobody: 9:43pm On Aug 30, 2020
obembet:


Nobody can replace messi...his legacy will always remain untouchable in Barcelona not laliga ...no one can fill his shoe for Barcelona for now.. Am not sure if anyone one can do it in future


Lalasticlala

Who Told U Dat Messi Is Not Replaceable? We All Know He Is A Good Player But He Can Be Replaced, Even Dough D Person May Not Be As Good As Him. Abi Na Only Messi Go Play Everywhere? If Naso Why Him No Help Barca Win Bayern Munich? Messi Or No Messi Barca Would Still Stand. Dey Av A Good Style Of Play. Note: I'm A Manu Fan.

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by obembet(f): 10:14pm On Aug 30, 2020
Truvel:
Who Told U Dat Mess Is Not Replaceable? We All Know He Is A Good Player But He Can Be Replaced, Even Dough D Person May Not Be As Good As Him. Abi Na Only Messi Go Play Everywhere? If Naso Why Him No Help Barca Win Bayern Munich? Messi Or No Messi Barca Would Still Stand. Dey Av A Good Style Of Play. Note: I'm A Manu Fan.

Barcelona playing style is too slow for the most players to meet up Messi standard. We shall find on the pitch and not just by a single season performance.


mynd44

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by Nobody: 10:33pm On Aug 30, 2020
obembet:


Barcelona playing style is too slow for the most players to meet up Messi standard. We shall find on the pitch and not just by a single season performance.


mynd44
It Was Dis Same Style Dey Used 2 Win D Champions Leagues & Other Cups. It Was Dis Same Style Dey Used 2 Beat My Club Manu Like Small Pickin, Lol. Spanish Football Has One Of D Best Style Of Play. Av U Asked Urself Dis Question. Why Is It Dat D English Clubs Find It Very Very Difficult 2 Win Spanish Club? Including Manu?

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by Lurkin(m): 10:39pm On Aug 30, 2020
I'm thinking of salah or bernado silva does two one of them can fill the void

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by Lurkin(m): 10:47pm On Aug 30, 2020
Truvel:
It Was Dis Same Style Dey Used 2 Win D Champions Leagues & Other Cups. It Was Dis Same Style Dey Used 2 Beat My Club Manu Like Small Pickin, Lol. Spanish Football Has One Of D Best Style Of Play. Av U Asked Urself Dis Question. Why Is It Dat D English Clubs Find It Very Very Difficult 2 Win Spanish Club? Including Manu?
nigarr da style has been buried since inester and xavi left.

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by internationalman(m): 11:42pm On Aug 30, 2020
Lingard or Theo Walcott

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by ghettokid1(m): 11:46pm On Aug 30, 2020
Nobody can replace Him

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by ghettokid1(m): 11:49pm On Aug 30, 2020
internationalman:
Lingard or Theo Walcott

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by Rossonero: 6:15am On Aug 31, 2020
obembet:


Barcelona playing style is too slow for the most players to meet up Messi standard. We shall find on the pitch and not just by a single season performance.


mynd44
So the entire team must change style of play in order for him to be at his best?? Abeg this is a football team where we have goal keepers, defenders midfielders, attackers who all have a vital role to play. The man don old jare

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by Nobody: 6:38am On Aug 31, 2020
Replace the god of soccer...?
Replace the demystifier of Soccer....?
Replace an Aberration in Soccer History...?

How possible is that..?
Such players come like SOLAR ECLIPSE, almost every 30years in repetition.
Such Players are sent on the directive of GOD to put smiles on the faces of people.

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by aylive02(m): 6:38am On Aug 31, 2020
No one will

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by SouthNigerian: 6:39am On Aug 31, 2020
The only player who can replace messi isn't included in your list.

That's no other than EBERECHI EZE grin

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by Pollosa1: 6:39am On Aug 31, 2020
cheesy
Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by eyeon(m): 6:39am On Aug 31, 2020
Messi is irreplaceable... But for me, if they could lay hands on Dybala, it's manageable.

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by Pollosa1: 6:40am On Aug 31, 2020
cheesy Zlatan
Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by emmabest2000(m): 6:40am On Aug 31, 2020
All this talk talk without real action shows that the little weak goat is afraid to leave Barcelona shocked

You guys go be shock when he do systematic U turn. Just as he does in Argentina team grin

Replacement ko regroupment ni cheesy

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by uthlaw(m): 6:40am On Aug 31, 2020
Rossonero:
So the entire team must change style of play in order for him to be at his best?? Abeg this is a football team where we have goal keepers, defenders midfielders, attackers who all have a vital role to play. The man don old jare
at is age now,still better than 75% of 28years and below footballers....

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by Pearly255(f): 6:40am On Aug 31, 2020
NEYMAR
Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by haiti007(m): 6:40am On Aug 31, 2020
Personally, I don't think that there is a perfect replace for Messi at camp nou, no one can even come close. But giving Griezmann an opportunity won't be a bad idea

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by Mathantics: 6:41am On Aug 31, 2020
Greatest Of All Time

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Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by SweetCunt97(f): 6:41am On Aug 31, 2020
It's me offcourse.
Re: Who Would Be The Best Replacement For Messi? by tesppidd: 6:41am On Aug 31, 2020
Messi comes around only once in 60 years.

He has been around for 15.
He cannot be replaced until after 45 years.

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