The strange similarities between Bukayo Saka and Lionel Messi
OptaJoe has revealed how Arsenal wonder-kid , Bukayo Saka is closely related to Lionel Messi or at least second to him this season.
Bukayo Saka, the 21-year-old Arsenal star, has been identified as one of the most important players in Europe this season, with only Lionel Messi surpassing him in a key metric, according to OptaJoe.
Saka has scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 28 Premier League matches so far this season, playing a pivotal role in Arsenal’s bid for their first league title in 19 years.
His current contract is set to expire in 2024, and there have been rumours of stalled negotiations with the club, although it has been reported that Bukayo Saka is now ready to commit his long-term future to Arsenal despite interest from Manchester City.
OptaJoe revealed that Saka has provided a combined 12 goals and assists (six of each) this season when the scores have been level in a match. This puts him second only to Messi, who has 14 such contributions.
Neymar, Antoine Griezmann and Victor Osimhen all have 11, highlighting Saka’s importance to his team in key moments. Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has praised Saka as a big occasion player, noting his ability to produce at crucial times in important matches.
Saka’s talent was also on display during England’s 2-0 victory over Ukraine in the recent international break, where he scored a stunning goal.
With Arsenal set to face Leeds United in their next league fixture, Saka will be keen to continue his impressive form and help his team maintain their eight-point lead at the top of the table. Despite interest from other clubs, it seems that Saka is committed to Arsenal and their pursuit of silverware.