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The three-time Ballon d'Or winner is considered the finest dribbler in the game today but he has turned over possession 279 times so far this season

Barcelona's Lionel Messi gives the ball away more than other play in La Liga, according to statistics published by SuperDeporte.

The Argentina international is considered the finest dribbler in the game today but has conceded possession 279 times so far this season.

Second and third place on the list are occupied by Espanyol duo Didac Vila (251) and Joan Verdu (241).

However, Messi's importance to Barca is underlined by the fact that the Catalans have won 89 per cent of the games in which he has scored.

The champions have won just 52% of the matches in which the Argentine, who has had more shots on goal than any other player, has failed to net.

Messi has scored 141 goals in 197 Liga games for Barca since making his debut back in 2004.

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