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Top European league player stats of the 2014-15 season

The stats below refer to league games for players in the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1.

Some are shown as per game as the German Bundesliga plays four fewer fixtures. 

Click here to check out the best of the club statistics.


Most touches of the ball per game: 
Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich) 116.5
Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain) 103.12
David Alaba (Bayern Munich) 101.47
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) 97.97

Most completed passes per game: 
Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich) 95.88
Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain) 83.34 
Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain) 79.67 
Yaya Toure (Man City) 74.14

Highest pass completion (not DF, min 20 games):
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) 91.8%
Gary Medel (Inter Milan) 91.7%
Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain) 91.3%
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) 91.2%

Most goals:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 48
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 43
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) 27
Sergio Aguero (Man City) 26

Most headed goals:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 12
Andre-Pierre Gignac (Marseille) 7
Claudio Beauvue (Guingamp) 6

Cristiano Ronaldo's goalscoring stats where phenomenal.

Most left-footed goals:
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 26
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) 16
Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) 13
Paulo Dybala (Palermo) 13
Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli) 13

Most shots without scoring:
Jesus Navas (Man City) 46
Walid Mesloub (Lorient) 45
Luca Cigarini (Atalanta) 43
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) 43
Guilherme (Udinese) 43

Most shots per game:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 6.43
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 4.92
Sergio Aguero (Man City) 4.48
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) 4.24

Most assists:
Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg) 20
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) 18
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 18
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) 17

Most assists from open play:
Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg) 17 
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 17
Cristiano Ronaldo  (Real Madrid) 15 
Luis Suarez (Barcelona) 13

Most chances created:
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) 133
Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg) 111
Eden Hazard Chelsea) 99
Nolito (Celta Vigo) 94 

Most crosses completed:
Kieran Trippier (Burnley) 91
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) 86
Stewart Downing (West Ham) 82
Koke (Atletico Madrid) 74

Most through-balls completed: 
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 33
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) 21
Nolito (Celta Vigo) 19
David Silva (Man City) 18

Most chances created from open play:
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 98
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 89
David Silva (Man City) 84
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) 82

Most attempts to take on opponent per game:
Karim Bellarabi (Leverkusen) 9.5
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 8.8
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim) 7.9
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 7.7

Eden Hazard has already enjoyed plenty of success this season versus Spurs.
Eden Hazard was one of Chelsea's key creative players.


Most saves made:
Roman Burki (Freiburg) 152
Marco Sportiello (Atalanta) 138
Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) 137
Robert Green (QPR) 132

Highest shot save % (min 20 games): 
Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 83.7%
Claudio Bravo (Barcelona) 80.7%
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) 79.3%
Albano Bizzarri (Chievo Verona) 78.2%

Lowest shot save % (min 20 games): 
Raphael Wolf (Werder Bremen) 58%
Tim Howard (Everton) 61.1%
Ali Ahamada (Toulouse) 61.2%
Johann Carrasso (FC Metz) 61.3%


Most tackles per game:
N'golo Kante (Caen) 3.9
Allan Loureiro (Udinese) 3.8
Maxime Gonalons (Lyon) 3.5
Gelson Fernandes (Rennes) 3.5

Most aerial duels won per game:
Stefan Kiessling (Leverkusen) 6.6
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 6.4
Joselu (Hannover) 6.3
Santiago Garcia (Werder Bremen) 6.0

Most interceptions per game:
Jordan Amavi (Nice) 4.6
Lloyd Palun (Nice) 4.4
Olivier Veigneau (Nantes) 4.0
Santiago Garcia (Werder Bremen) 3.9

Most fouls committed per game:
Stefano Okaka (Sampdoria) 3.3
Valon Behrami (Hamburg) 2.9
Four players on 2.8

Most fouls suffered per game: 
Perparim Hetemaj (Chievo Verona) 4.3
Franco Vazquez (Palermo) 3.4
Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) 3.3
Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina/Chelsea) 3.3
Nabil Fekir (Lyon) 3.3

Most yellow cards for diving:
Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) 3
Dries Mertens (Napoli) 3
Bouna Sarr (FC Metz) 3

Dale Johnson has been an editor and journalist at ESPN for 18 years. You can follow him on Twitter @dalejohnsonESPN.


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