PSG, a Ligue 1 club, have the undisputed best attack in the World
The PSG forward-trio of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar is putting together one of the best runs by an attacking unit from a single club in the history of the biggest competition in world football.
You might think that headline or the paragraph above are entirely subjective but World Cup data surely back those statements up.
Lionel Messi is coming off leading Argentina to their second World Cup final in a span of eight years after having defeated Croatia 3-0 on Tuesday.
Kylian Mbappe might join him on Sunday if he can help France defeat Morocco on Wednesday.
Neymar couldn't carry Brazil to their first final since the Canarinha lifted the trophy back in 2002, but that happens when playing with an injured ankle.
Having three men leading their respective nations as their no. 1 player to the quarterfinals of a World Cup is already a feat. Having two of them advance to the semifinals is extraordinary. Having one in the final (through Tuesday's games) is otherworldly.
One of Mbappe or Achraf Hakimi (another no. 1 player himself as the clear leader of the Morocco national side) will join Messi on the pitch come Sunday no matter what happens on Wednesday.
Take some time to process all of that information. Let it sink in and marinate for a minute if you please.
Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar have already been involved in 17 goalscoring plays in the World Cup
Now, again, let data speak if you don't quite believe me. With just three games to go in the World Cup (one semi-final, the final, and the ever-loathed third-place match) here are how things stand.
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe have both scored 5 goals each, leading the way all by themselves. Neymar left Qatar with 2 goals in his own bag. That makes it 12 between the Parisian trio alone, which is more goals scored between them than each nation as a team except for England (13).
Messi is also tied for first with 3 assists while Mbappe already has assisted 2 goals himself. That makes it 5 combined assists, which is a figure only seven nations have surpassed as a team.
Put it all together, and you arrive at the three forwards (Messi, Mbappe, and Neymar) from PSG's attacking line being involved in 17 World Cup goals either scoring or assisting them.
Only five nations as a team have more goals and assists combined than Messi, Mbappe, and Neymar by themselves: England, France, Portugal, Argentina, and the Netherlands.
Remove the contributions from the PSG trio of forwards from the tallies of their respective countries, and it's only England, Portugal, and the Netherlands above them as a three-man army.
That is insane production, and no club comes even close to having such prolific performers doing it in Qatar.
PSG has a total of 19 G+A spread over 11 internationals but 17 of those contributions come from the MNM trio alone. Barcelona have 15 G+A, Manchester United have 14, and no other club have players in Qatar combining for more than 12 G+A.
Messi and Mbappe have still (at least) one game left each in the World Cup to keep adding to that tally. And Hakimi makes it three for PSG.
PSG, a team that play in France's Ligue 1, which is a top-5 league judging by UEFA's rankings but one often despised by casual (and sometimes expert, for unknown reasons) fans.
Quite the club, Paris Saint-Germain. Quite the league, Ligue 1.