The top 10 scorers in Europe’s big five leagues ranked by conversion rate

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Sure, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are good at football – but they’re not as good as Jamie Vardy, are they?

We’ve consulted some very advanced science that shows Vardy is the most lethal goalscorer in Europe.

(By that, we mean we’ve calculated the conversion rate of the top 10 goalscorers in Europe’s big five leagues.)

10. Cristiano Ronaldo – 16.2%

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Ronaldo has attempted 130 shots in Serie A this season – the highest tally on this list – and scored 21 goals in the process.

21 goals from 130 shots

9. Lionel Messi – 18.1%

Almost half of Messi’s 105 shots in La Liga have come from outside the penalty area, with his goal tally standing at 19.

8. Kylian Mbappe – 20.7%

Eighteen goals from 87 shots means Mbappe converts roughly one in five shots.

7. Timo Werner – 22.1%

The second top goalscorer in the Bundesliga has only a marginally worst shot conversion rate – 21 goals from 95 shots – than the top goalscorer in Germany’s top flight.

6. Robert Lewandowski – 23.1%

The top goalscorer in the Bundesliga has only a marginally better shot conversion rate – 25 goals from 108 shots – than the second top goalscorer in Germany’s top flight.

5. Romelu Lukaku – 23.6%

Lukaku’s season of resurgence at Inter has seen the former Manchester United striker convert 17 times from 72 shots.

4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 26.2%

The second highest representative from the Premier League and the first player on this list to convert at a rate better than once every four shots, with 17 goals from 65 attempts.

3. Ciro Immobile – 26.7%

Europe’s top goalscorer holds his own in this regard, scoring 27 goals from 101 shots for Lazio in Serie A.

2. Wissam Ben Yedder – 28.2%

Ben Yedder has carried his fine goalscoring record for Sevilla with him to Monaco, scoring 18 goals from 64 shots in Ligue 1.

1. Jamie Vardy – 32.2%

Nineteen goals from 59 shots. How the f*ck is he still this good?

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