Messi, Hazard, Zlatan: Who has the most Man of the Match awards since 2009/10?

Hazard, Messi, Zlatan

Collective success in the Champions League may well have evaded Lionel Messi in close to do a decade now but the Argentine's relentless excellence in domestic football is unprecedented. 

Clearly, it doesn't exactly take a genius to suggest Messi has been arguably the greatest player of the modern era but, like his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the constant breaking of records can actually start to normalise the extraordinary. 

So, even despite all that has been written about the Barcelona legend, it's worth stepping back and taking a look at the cold, hard and often romantic numbers. 

Indeed, while the awarding of the Man of the Match Award is often debated by fans watching the game, WhoScored's analytics make for interesting reading. 

A quick crib of their data for the gongs given out across Europe's major five leagues since the start of the 2009/10 season shows just how far ahead of everybody Messi actually is. 

Unsurprisingly, he leads the way in that time period in La Liga with a stunning 207 awards before his summer move to Paris Saint-Germain

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Speaking of the French giants, the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic (42) is far out in front after his successful spell in Paris between 2012 and 2016. 

In a Premier League context, Eden Hazard's ascension to becoming one of the best players in the world while winning two league titles with Chelsea saw him rewarded an impressive 62 times. 

Over in Germany, Borussia Dortmund's almost universally popular captain Marco Reus comes out ahead of Robert Lewandowski with his 48 and, finally, Messi's international teammate Papu Gomez won it 36 times in Serie A with Atalanta during his time there. 

The full list is as follows: 

La Liga: Lionel Messi  (Barcelona) - 207 

Premier League: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) - 62

Bundesliga: Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) - 48

Ligue 1: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) - 42

Serie A: Alejandro 'Papu' Gomez (Catania and Atalanta) - 36 

Winning seven league titles in that time period, it's hugely unlikely La Liga will ever see such a dominate player again. 

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