Most goal contributions in every season since 2001

Players with the most goal contributions (goals+assists) in every season since 2001. Lionel Messi appears a record 9 times in this list.
Lionel Messi appears nine times in the list (Image - Getty Images)
Lionel Messi appears nine times in the list (Image - Getty Images)

Some players are famous for scoring goals, while some are famous for creating. However, sometimes football teams are blessed with such players who can do both things. There are players with incredible goalscoring skills as well as creative skills and these players are rare. They bring so much value to the team that they become irreplaceable. In this article, we look at the players who have had the most goal contributions since 2001.

Players with the most goal contributions (2001-2010)

YearPlayerTeamsGoals + Assists
2001RivaldoBarcelona, Brazil46
2002RaulReal Madrid, Spain42
2003Thierry HenryArsenal, France60
2004Thierry HenryArsenal, France 55
2005R. MakayBayern, Netherlands51
2006RonaldinhoBarcelona, Brazil50
2007F. TottiAS Roma, Italy47
2008L. ToniBayern, Italy50
2009Lionel MessiBarcelona, Argentina56
2010Lionel MessiBarcelona, Argentina58

Two decades earlier from the present the table looks well shuffled with no names popping off more than twice. However, little that we knew the 2009 season was just the start of the little magician's dominance in world football. His impact on Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team was simply incomparable. Thierry Henry is the only other player than Messi who managed to be the top contributor twice in consecutive seasons. He was part of the golden generation of Arsenal who won the Premier League title undefeated.

Players with the most goal contributions (2011-2023)

YearPlayerTeamsGoals + Assists
2011Lionel MessiBarcelona, Argentina 77
2012Lionel MessiBarcelona, Argentina 104
2013Lionel MessiBarcelona, Argentina 76
2014C. RonaldoReal Madrid, Portugal68
2015Lionel MessiBarcelona, Argentina 88
2016Luis SuarezBarcelona, Uruguay81
2017Lionel MessiBarcelona, Argentina 72
2018Lionel MessiBarcelona, Argentina 63
2019Lionel MessiBarcelona, Argentina 71
2020R. LewandowskiBayern, Poland65
2021R. LewandowskiBayern, Poland56
2022Kylian MbappePSG, France65
2023Erling HaalandManchester City, Norway60

Clearly in the two charts, Lionel Messi is simply the most dominant player in the world. He has appeared a record 9 times in the list more than any player during this time period. However, Luis Suarez was the only player who sneaked into the table during the prime time of Messi and Ronaldo. Lionel Messi's 2012 season still remains a record for the most goals scored in a calendar year (91). Erling Haaland had a fantastic 2022-23 season with Manchester City as he won the European treble and scored 52 goals.

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