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Who are the best goalscorers in Europe?

Stats - we love stats. There are so many pointless stats around in football these days that people often forget about the most important stat of them all ... goals. So we thought we would devise a leaderboard and rank Europes best goalscorers, based on how many goals they've scored compared to how many games they've played - simple.

Our criteria is just as simple. We've based the figures from the start of the 2014/15 season and are only counting league goals. Each player must have scored at least 45 goals and finally, we've limited the ranking to just Europes 'big 5 leagues' - being; England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France.

Whilst the usual goal getters in the top 5 or so may not surprise, the rest of the list springs up a few shocks along the way. So, here you have it.

 

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo - shock.
  2. Lionel Messi - was either 2nd or 1st, let's face it.
  3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - was absolutely lethal in France, every year.
  4. Luis Suarez - Scores goals for fun everywhere he's been.
  5. Robert Lewandoski - Guarantees goals in the bundesliga.
  6. Sergio Aguero - Mr consistent never fails to score over 20.
  7. Edinson Cavani - Like Zlatan, he scores for fun in ligue 1.
  8. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang - Enjoyed life in germany, continues in england.
  9. Kylian Mbappe - Outrageous ratio considering played under 100 games.
  10. Harry Kane - Has scored more and more each year, lethal.
  11. Neymar - 1 lethal season in spain, finding it fun in france.
  12. Alexandre Lacazette - consistently posted some ridiculous stats in france.
  13. Mauro Icardi - a regular at the top of the charts for a few years now in italy.
  14. Arjen Robben - Like Bale, ratio between goals to games is still unbelievable.
  15. Gareth Bale - regularly scores double figures, despite injuries.
  16. Gonzalo Higuain - had a lethal few years in italy.
  17. Ciro Immobile - 2 fantastic seasons in italy has lifted him up the rankings.
  18. Diego Costa - one good season, one bad etc. although the good is 20 goals.
  19. Mo Salah - Mainly based on last years antics.
  20. Radamel Falcao - rediscovered his touch in france.
  21. Iago Aspas - Has matured into a prolific striker in spain.
  22. Nabil Fekir - Emerging in france with great figures.
  23. Karim Benzema – A consistent goal getter for years now,
  24. Antoine Griezmann - Scores an impressive amount, without fail.
  25. Aritz Aduriz – Suddenly became lethal as he got older.
  26. Edin Dzeko - rediscovered his lethal touch in italy.
  27. Paolo Dybala - A double figure striker, if not truly prolific.
  28. Alexis Sanchez - consistently scored at arsenal for a few years.
  29. Thomas Muller - Scores when needed, although not lethal.
  30. Romelu Lukaku - Will guarantee a minimum of 10, will get more.
  31. Olivier Giroud - Always grabs a goal when needed.
  32. Dries Mertens - One electrifying season has helped his ranking.
  33. Alvaro Morata - A double figure striker, not yet a 20 goal man though.
  34. Jamie Vardy - two 20 goals returns means he's lethal when he wants to be.
  35. Timo Werner - Emerged as a great striker, more to come.
  36. Lorenzo Insigne - 30 goals over 2 seasons is a decent return.
  37. Florian Thauvin - Emerged with an impressive tally of 22 last year.
  38. Eden Hazard - scores an impressive amount for an attaking midfielder.

A few players have crept into this list, but please note it is based purely on goals to games - nothing else.