The 15 best mins per goal ratios in Europe: Alcácer, Nelson, Mbappé…

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Lionel Messi currently sits at the top of scoring charts in Europe’s five big leagues with 16 goals to his name – but he doesn’t even make the top three for the best minutes per goal ratios.

There are a few other usual suspects among the 15, but some are perhaps not as high as you might expect.

Of the players to have scored at least five league goals this season, here are the top 15.

1. Paco Alcácer – 41.9 mins per goal

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’ as he has scored 12 for the Black and Yellow this season, yet he’s started just five times.

In fact, the on-loan Barcelona forward has only scored two goals in the five games he’s started.

2. Kylian Mbappé – 71.4 mins per goal

Paris Saint-Germain are unbeaten in their 17 Ligue 1 games so far this season, racking up 50 goals and conceding only 10.

It’s fair to say their forwards are being well serviced, but that doesn’t make Mbappé’s record of 13 goals from 928 minutes – at the age of only 20 – any less impressive.

3. Reiss Nelson – 82 mins per goal

Nelson is another to have enjoyed success off the bench in the Bundesliga so far this season, scoring half of his goals as a sub.

Just a few months ago, the striker was even higher up the list, but he’s now six without a goal.

Even so, Arsenal fans have a right to feel excited.

READ: Reiss Nelson & another reason to get excited about Arsenal’s future

4. Lionel Messi – 82.6 mins per goal

It’s been business as usual again this season for Messi in La Liga, even without Cristiano Ronaldo there to push him.

Barcelona’s talisman has scored four more La Liga goals than anybody else this term, with an impressive 16 goals from 1321 minutes.

5. Luka Jovic – 84 mins per goal

Nelson isn’t the only young loanee making a big impression in the Bundesliga. In the second season of a two-year loan from Benfica, Jovic has scored 12 goals in 1008 minutes for Eintracht Frankfurt so far this campaign, though five of those came in one game against Fortuna Düsseldorf.

The 21-year-old now has 26 goals from 50 appearances in all competitions in Germany.

6. Edinson Cavani – 91.3 mins per goal

Back in the capital, Cavani has been another beneficiary of PSG’s dominance, scoring 10 goals from 913 minutes so far this season.

With Mbappé and Neymar alongside him, they are one of the most formidable trios in Europe.

7. Neymar – 94.5 mins per goal

Completing the PSG frontline, Neymar has scored 11 goals from 1039 minutes in Ligue 1 so far this season.

The Brazilian has missed PSG’s last couple of matches due to injury but will be looking to kick on once he’s back and do more ridiculous things like this.


8. Arkadiusz Milik – 97.9 mins per goal

After injury interrupted his season last time around, Milik has really pushed on this term.

The Napoli man sits top of his club’s top scorers list, with 10 goals in just 979 Serie A minutes.

9. Emiliano Sala – 107 mins per goal

Sala is just a goal behind Mbappé in the Ligue 1 scoring charts, but he probably has to work slightly harder for his opportunities considering he has scored 12 of Nantes’ 26 goals so far this season.

The Argentine bagged a hat-trick against Toulouse back in October and in total has 12 from 1284 minutes.

He’s reportedly a January target for Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.

10. Florian Thauvin – 111.8 mins per goal

Where was this at Newcastle?

Thauvin has ripped Ligue 1 apart ever since leaving the Toon and this season has been no different.

He’s managed 11 goals in 1230 minutes this season, contributing to an impressive overall record of 73 goals in 218 appearances for Marseille.

11. Alfred Finnbogason – 112.6 mins per goal

Having failed to make much of an impression in Spain with Real Sociedad, Finnbogason has well and truly recaptured his goalscoring form for Augsburg in Germany.

Having scored a decent 12 goals from 22 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, he has managed seven in ten so far this term, from just 788 minutes in total.

12. Cristiano Ronaldo – 116.8 mins per goal

Ronaldo took what could have been a big risk in the summer when he chose to leave Real Madrid, but the decision looks like a good one.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has found the net 14 times from 1635 minutes so far this season, playing a big part in Juventus, again, storming Serie A.

READ: 13 of Cristiano Ronaldo’s best ever goals in the Champions League

13. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 117.7 mins per goal

The Arsenal man is on par with Harry Kane for Premier League goals this season but beats his north London rival for minutes per goal.

Auba has scored a very decent 14 goals from 1648 minutes since Emery’s arrival at the Emirates.

14. Cristhian Stuani – 117.7 mins per goal

We still can’t quite get over the fact that this is the same Stuani that was bang average at Middlesbrough – but it is.

He scored 19 goals in 30 games for newly-promoted Girona in La Liga last season and has continued his fine form so far this campaign, adding 11 goals to his tally from just 1295 minutes of action.

15. Luis Suarez – 120.8 mins per goal

Just about, Luis.

Suarez completes the list with 12 goals coming from 1149 minutes of La Liga action.

He’ll be hoping he can bang a few more in before the end of the season to make sure he and his Barcelona team-mates get their hands on the trophy.

Best of the Prem

Son Heung-Min is second on the Premier League list, averaging a goal every 124.8 minutes.

Next on the list is Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (125.8), followed by Son’s team-mate Harry Kane (128.4) and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial (128.8).

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