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The Perfect Ten: Who Are Europe’s Most Prolific Strikers?

We’ve looked at Europe’s leading goal scorers per minute to find the most regular strikers in the continent’s top five leagues. We only have one rule: they must have played at least 1,000 minutes to give us a consistent picture.

At MicroStrategy, we have accessed data provided by Opta for the Premier League in England, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, the French Ligue 1, and the German Bundesliga, and created a customised real-time dossier.

Our dashboard has enabled us to source the goals-per-minute ratios of Europe’s top marksmen and theorize on what the findings mean. Here we go!

  1. Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain: With 19 goals in 1,412 minutes of play, the 20-year-old World Cup winner heads the pack with a goal every 74 minutes
  2. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain: Mbappé’s Uruguayan strike partner has notched 17 goals from his 1,298 minutes on the pitch, meaning Cavani scores every 76 minutes
  3. Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona: The Argentinian leads the way in La Liga with 22 goals in 1,797 minutes, equating to a goal every 81 minutes. He’s on course for a third straight Pichichi (top scorer) award in Spain
  4. Charles, Eibar: Something of a surprise here. The mid-table Basque outfit have certainly needed 34-year-old Brazilian’s goals this term. Charles has netted 12 goals in 1,034 minutes—one every 87 minutes!
  5. Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain: Perhaps highlighting the massive superiority that PSG enjoys in the French league, Neymar makes up the last of the ‘goal-a-game’ club, with a strike every 87 minutes (13 goals in 1,374 minutes)
  6. Luka Jović, Eintracht Frankfurt: The 21-year-old Serbian heads the Bundesliga scoring charts with 14 goals from 1,316 minutes
  7. Sergio Agüero, Manchester City: The Argentinian’s form since the beginning of 2019 has propelled him up the Premier League goal scoring charts, and improved his goals-per-minute ratio to one goal every 98 minutes (17 goals in 1,678 minutes)
  8. Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus: Proving that his form matches his price tag, the Portuguese star leads the goals-per-minute charts in Italy’s Serie A. With 19 goals in 2,059 minutes, you can expect to see “CR7” on the scoresheet every 108 minutes
  9. Alfred Finnbogason, FC Augsburg: The 30-year-old Icelandic international is having an incredible season at FC Augsburg as the Bavarians battle the drop. With ten goals from 1,095 minutes—one every 109 minutes—Finnbogason will be key to Augsburg’s survival
  10. Duván Zapata, Atalanta: The Colombian’s 16 goals in 1,756 minutes of football—one goal every 110 minutes—have been pivotal to Atalanta’s form, which has put the Bergamo outfit with a great chance of qualifying for Europe next season

There’s also a special mention for Borussia Dortmund’s Spanish international Paco Alcácer, who has put in 12 goals in just 670 minutes, meaning he nets on average every 56 minutes—one goal per hour! The super sub looks a snip at just €28m.

Want to see more player and team data? Explore the dossier! Are you ready to create your own data analysis? Download MicroStrategy Desktop for free and get started. Stay tuned to the MicroStrategy blog this season, as we’ll be providing regular insights from across Europe.

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