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

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Lionel Messi currently sits at the top of scoring charts in Europe’s five big leagues with 22 goals to his name – but he doesn’t even make the top four 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 – 56 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’ with 12 goals for the Black and Yellow in the Bundesliga this season despite starting 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 – 75 mins per goal

Paris Saint-Germain have lost just one of their Ligue 1 games so far this season, racking up 74 goals and conceding only 14.

It’s fair to say their forwards are being well serviced, but that doesn’t make Mbappé’s record of 20 goals from 1503 minutes – at the age of only 20 – any less impressive.

3. Edinson Cavani – 77 mins per goal 

Cavani has proved himself talismanic yet again this campaign with the third best goals-to-game ratio on the list.

The Uruguayan forward is a key figure up front for PSG and keeps reminding us of that every year with his phenomenal stats.

4. Haris Severovic – 80 mins per goal

The Switzerland international had a brilliant World Cup, and he’s continued his fine form through to the club season.

With 14 goals in his last 19 appearances for Benfica, the 26year-old is among the most underrated targetmen in the world.

5. Lionel Messi – 82 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 22 goals from 1797 minutes.

READ: FM19 sims how Lionel Messi would fare if he followed Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy

6. Charles – 86 mins per goal

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 while barely playing, finding the net 12 times in his last 10 outings.

7. Neymar – 87 mins per goal

Completing the PSG frontline, Neymar has scored 13 goals from 1129 minutes in Ligue 1 so far this season.

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

8. Bas Dost – 92 mins per goal

Dost is one of the towering figures in the Bundesliga at 6ft 5, finding the net an impressive 14 times in just 16 appearances.

The 29-year-old currently holds the record for most goals scored with one touch consecutively.

9. Luka Jovic – 94 mins per goal

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 14 goals in 1317 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 28 goals from 55 appearances in all competitions in Germany.

10. Sergio Aguero – 99 mins per goal

The Argentine is back to his unstoppable and it’s no surprise the Manchester City forward has stormed his way into the top 10.

Aguero has burst the net in three of his last four Premier League outings, including two hat-tricks against Arsenal and Chelsea.

He already has the best goals-to-game ratio in Premier League history, and with form like this that’s unlikely to change any time soon.

11. Cristiano Ronaldo – 108 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 19 times from 2059 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

12. Krzysztof Piatek – 108 mins per goal

The former Genoa striker signed for sleeping giants AC Milan in the summer, and now the 23-year-old is leading the charge to help Milan back to the pinnacle of Italian football.

Piatek has been in scintillating form for Gennaro Gattuso’s side this season, bagging 13 goals in 1594 minutes – and he’s even level with Cristiano Ronaldo on minutes to goals…

13. Alfred Finnbogason – 112 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 10 goals from 14 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, the Icelandic target man has proved clinical whenever given the chance.

14. Arkadiusz Milik – 114 mins per goal

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

The Napoli man sits joint top of his club’s top scorers list with Lorenzo Insigne, scoring 12 goals in just 1367 Serie A minutes.

15. Dyego Sousa – 119 mins per goal

Pipping Luis Suarez to last place is Braga forward Dyego Sousa.

A relative unknown, the 29-year-old has been clinical in front of goal – scoring 14 goals in 22 appearances.

And perhaps not getting the credit he deserves.


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