Lionel Messi #1 in the world for most MOTM awards since 2009

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    Lionel Messi is in a class of his own when it comes to leading from the front. The Argentine has won the man of the match award in over 50% of his career games in club football. Stats tracked since 2009 show that the Argentine has won the man of the match award in 324 out of 628 games, putting him in a category of his own. 

    On the other hand, his contemporary and rival Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award only 176 times in 612 club games. But, he ranks second in terms of the most such awards achieved. 

    Lionel Messi ranks #1 for most man of the match awards since 2009 

    Players with highest percentage of Man of the Match awards since 2009
    PlayerClubs%MOTM AwardsGames
    Lionel MessiBarcelona, PSG51.6324628
    Cristiano RonaldoManchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus28.8176612
    NeymarBarcelona, PSG26.890336
    Zlatan IbrahimovicBarcelona, AC Milan, PSG, Manchester United24.296396
    Kylian MbappeMonaco, PSG2482342
    Erling HaalandBorussia Dortmund, Manchester City21.539181
    Harry KaneTottenham, Bayern Munich21.298463
    Arjen RobbenBayern Munich20.357281
    Kevin De BruyneWerder Bremen, Chelsea, Wolfsburg, Manchester City19.386446
    Eden HazardLille, Chelsea, Real Madrid19.2100520

    After Messi and Ronaldo, Eden Hazard has won the most man of the match awards. The Chelsea icon achieved 100 such awards in 520 club games, achieving a percentage of 19.2. But in terms of percentage, Neymar is right behind Messi and Ronaldo, winning the best player award 26 percent of the time in his 336 club games. 

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    The only active players on the list are Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne. And considering the pace that each one of them is on, they could easily climb the list in terms of the overall percentage of awards as well as total awards, with Kane close to overtaking Hazard at 98 MOTM awards.

    1. Who has the most MOTM awards?

      Messi, 324 awards

    2. How many MOTM awards does Ronaldo have?

      176 since 2009.

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