Eden Hazard selected by sports data as player most similar to Lionel Messi

Eden Hazard selected by sports data as player most similar to Lionel Messi

Sports data has revealed the player most similar to Barcelona's genius talisman Lionel Messi, is Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

Lionel Messi has been in fantastic form for Barca and finished the season with 36 goals winning the Pichichi trophy for the sixth time.

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Sports data analysis shows player most similar to Lionel Messi is Eden Hazard

Messi of Argentina and Eden Hazard of Belgium shake hands prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Argentina and Belgium at Estadio Nacional on July 5, 2014.

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According to Sportskeeda, Sport in conjunction with Driblab analysed 12 parameters covering over 71,600 players across 2,300 teams and the player most similar to Messi was Hazard, with a 92.7% match.

The parameters considered were participation in play, shots taken, goals scored per shots taken, touches in the opposition box, expected goals per gam

The data also took into consideration expected assists per game, key passes, completed shots, pressing, and times the ball is lost.

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France World Cup winner and PSG striker Kylian Mbappe was runners up with a 91.3% match while Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero finished third with 91.1% similarity.

Interestingly, Hazard is strongly linked with a move away from Chelsea to Real Madrid, and it is no wonder Zinedine Zidane sees the Belgian as the perfect replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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