Boufal performed 131 successful dribbles.
Rabat – French-Moroccan footballer Soufiane Boufal has surpassed Lionel Messi as the player with the most successful dribbles in Spain’s La Liga football league for the 2018/2019 season.
With 131 successful dribblings, Celta de Vigo’s Boufal is ahead of Messi (117) and Eibar’s Fabian Orellana (75).
Although Boufal made the most dribbles this year, he only scored two goals, one against Girona and one against Sevilla, according to the Spanish sports daily, Marca.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder, who was born in Paris, joined the Celta de Vigo football club in western Spain on a loan for the from Southampton in the UK.
In order for Celta de Vigo to keep Boufal, they will have to negotiate a fee of €15 million as the club agreed with Southampton last summer.
Celta de Vigo is currently in 17th place out of 20 teams in La Liga’s standings.
The club is having a difficult season, struggling to stay in La Liga with only six matches left in the season.
Boufal made his debut with the Moroccan national team in March 2016 in a 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualification victory over Cape Verde. He also made two appearances with the Moroccan team in 2017 in friendly matches against Tunisia and Burkina Faso.