Lionel Messi currently sits at the top of the scoring charts in Europe’s five big leagues with 29 goals to his name – but who has the best minutes-per-goal ratio?
There are a few names who might surprise you, with a few usual suspects along the way to the number one spot.
Of the players to have scored at least 10 goals in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 this season, here are the top 10 minutes-per-goal ratios.
The Brazilian forward is somewhat a veteran of the game at 34, but it’s clear from the season he’s had that class is absolutely permanent.
He’s been one of the sole standouts for Eibar this campaign, finding the net 12 times in 25 games for the Spanish outfit.
While playing for FC Nantes in Ligue 1 this season, Sala scored an impressive 12 goals in 1,377 minutes – the form which alerted Cardiff before his tragic death.
Veteran Italy striker Fabio Quagliarella is Serie A’s top goalscorer with 21 goals for Sampdoria this term.
Not a bad return for a £2.43million.
The Argentine is back to his unstoppable best and it’s no surprise the Manchester City forward has stormed his way into the top 10.
Aguero has 18 goals in 1,933 minutes, and with form like this it is likely that it could get even better by the end of the season.
He already has the best goals-to-game ratio in Premier League history, and is on course to break Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League hat-trick record, needing just one more.
Jadon Sancho isn’t the only youngster making a big impression in the Bundesliga.
In the second season of a two-year loan from Benfica, Jovic has scored 15 goals in 1,600 minutes for Eintracht Frankfurt so far this campaign.
The 21-year-old now has 31 goals from 57 appearances in all competitions in Germany.
After injury interrupted his campaign at Napoli last year, Milik has really pushed on this term.
The striker is the club’s top scorer, scoring 15 goals in just 1,588 Serie A minutes.
The Uruguayan forward is a key figure up front for PSG and keeps reminding us of that every year with his phenomenal stats, even with the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Neymar around him.
Not too bad company, though, eh?
It’s been business as usual again this season for Messi in La Liga, even without Cristiano Ronaldo there for competition.
Barcelona’s talisman has scored four more La Liga goals than anybody else this term, with an impressive 29 goals in 2,157 minutes.
PSG have lost just one of their Ligue 1 games so far this season, racking up 86 goals and conceding only 16.
It’s fair to say their forwards are being well serviced, but that doesn’t make Mbappé’s record of 26 goals from 1,836 minutes – at the age of only 20, FFS – any less impressive.
You might wonder why Borussia Dortmund start the majority of their games with their top scorer on the bench, but why change a winning formula?
Alcácer has epitomised the phrase ‘super-sub’ with 14 goals for the Black and Yellow in the Bundesliga this season despite starting just six times and accumulating 875 minutes.
His minutes-per-goal ratio is bettered by nobody this season, but it will be interesting to see whether he starts or stays as a sub now the Bundesliga title race is wide open.