Messi, De Bruyne and the European Team of the Season

With European club football taking a break, Goal takes a look at some of the outstanding players of the season so far.   As we head into the next round of international games, we've taken a step back to assess what we have seen at club level thus far and give praise to outstanding individuals from the opening part of the league seasons.

Lionel Messi and Kevin De Bruyne lead the European Team of the Season so far, but who else makes the cut? Honourable mentions go to Neymar, Dries Mertens and Harry Kane, who will have to settle for a place on the bench.

KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITY

The finest attacking player in European competition at present. 

De Bruyne's brilliance has been in full display this season at the centre of this extraordinary City side, notching nine assists and three goals in 15 competitive games this term.

LIONEL MESSI | BARCELONA

Fifteen appearances, 15 goals. The little Barcelona star has been in blistering form so far this season and is undoubtably behind Ernesto Valverde's side sitting top of La Liga after 11 fixtures.

Messi also has four assists in that time, though has predominantly been in charge of scoring goals this term rather than creating them.

CIRO IMMOBILE | LAZIO

The Italy international is the top scorer in Europe's top leagues so far, with 14 Serie A goals and six assists in 11 appearances an incredible return from the 27-year-old.

Immobile also has two goals in just 112 minutes of Europa League action for Lazio, handing him the central striker role in our European XI.

DANI ALVES | PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

The Brazilian has, rather unsurprisingly, made quite the impact at his new club across a relatively small sample of games. 

Alves has made eight Ligue 1 appearances for the league leaders and has three assists to his name, two of those coming in PSG's recent 5-0 thrashing of Angers. 

JAN OBLAK | ATLETICO MADRID

The Atletico Madrid shot-stopper has so far registered six clean sheets in his 11 Liga appearances, being called on to make a save every 26 minutes of play.

While Diego Simeone's side have struggled to score goals this season - Atletico have netted on just 16 occasions thus far - only Barcelona (4) have conceded fewer than the capital club (6) and Oblak has naturally had a big hand in that.

EDINSON CAVANI | PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Last season's Ligue 1 top scorer has started the 2017-18 campaign with 13 goals in 11 league outings, and another four in four in the Champions League. 

JORGINHO | NAPOLI

The 25-year-old has provided the base for Napoli to make their table-topping charge in the Italian top flight this season, breaking a number of possession-based records in the process.

Jorginho has completed 93% of his passing this season in Serie A and averaged 111 passes per game over nine outings.



 

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