REVEALED: Only ONE footballer has more assists than Kevin De Bruyne in the top five leagues over the last decade... and the Belgian is poised to overtake him after creating four goals in Man City's 6-2 triumph over Luton

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Only one footballer has more assists than Kevin De Bruyne over the last decade in Europe’s top five leagues – but it may not be for long!

The Manchester City playmaker provided four assists during their recent 6-2 victory over Luton in the FA Cup fifth round – with Erling Haaland scoring five on the night. 

In doing so, the Belgian took his assist tally for the last 10 years up to 202 – from 441 matches – and solidified himself in second place on the list for the last decade. 

Of course, since leaving French giants PSG in June 2023, Messi’s tally has come to an under, given the statistics only cover assists in Europe’s top five leauges.

Only one player has more assists than Kevin De Bruyne over the last decade in top five leagues

Only one player has more assists than Kevin De Bruyne over the last decade in top five leagues

The Man City playmaker picked up four assists during their recent 6-2 victory over Luton Town

The Man City playmaker picked up four assists during their recent 6-2 victory over Luton Town

De Bruyne later took to social media to take note of his impressive performance on the night

De Bruyne later took to social media to take note of his impressive performance on the night

Following after the Belgian and Argentine is Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller – who has 183 assists from 461 matches. 

The likes of Angel Di Maria, Neymar and Luis Suarez all follow on from the German forward – with a surprise Premier League player featuring in seventh on the list. 

Chelsea winger Raheem Sterling – who has also played for Liverpool and Man City – joins the list after Suarez, with an impressive assists tally of 123.

After the England international is PSG forward Kylian Mbappe who has 121 assists to his name, despite only making his first-team debut in 2015. 

Finishing off the list are Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and former West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet – who have 119 and 115, respectively. 

Man City star De Bruyne has already picked up 12 assists in the 2023-24 campaign – despite missing the first six months of the season with injury. 

After their win against Luton, the Belgian said even he has surprised himself in returning from his hamstring surgery so seamlessly. 

Most assists over the last ten years (In Europe’s top five leagues)
Player   Games Assists 
Lionel Messi 458  203
Kevin De Bruyne  441  202 
Thomas Muller  461  183 
 Angel Di Maria 397  155 
 Neymar 336  141 
 Luis Suarez 388  131 
 Raheem Sterling 483  123 
 Kylian Mbappe 352  121 
Mohamed Salah  461  119 
 Dimitri Payet 363  115 
Chelsea winger Raheem Sterling

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Premier League stars Raheem Sterling (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) also feature on the list

Inter Miami star Lionel Messi - formerly of Barcelona and PSG - is the only player to have more assists than Manchester City's De Bruyne across Europe's top five leagues in the last decade

Inter Miami star Lionel Messi – formerly of Barcelona and PSG – is the only player to have more assists than Manchester City’s De Bruyne across Europe’s top five leagues in the last decade

De Bruyne told the media afterwards: ‘I did not worry (about his hamstring injury) but I did not expect to come back in this way, if I am being honest. 

‘It was one of those games where you get a lot of one-v-ones and there’s a lot of space. If you can find the right angles, you get a lot of opportunities. We figured out a way to hurt them and Erling scored the goals so it was good.

‘If you play quickly, it’s very hard because they control it more but once you get the understanding of keeping the ball for a little bit more it’s hard for them and there’s a lot of space. That’s the way they play. It’s hard but we figured out a way.’

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