Robin van Persie has continued his fine form from last season to lead the Premier League goalscoring charts and, as it stands, the Manchester United striker is more lethal than Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The former Arsenal captain scored 37 times in all competitions last term and already has five league goals to his name this season, which included a match winning hat-trick against Southampton earlier this month.

Van Persie has had only seven shots on target in the Premier League so far this campaign, which gives the Dutchman a conversion rate of 71.4 percent, compared to Messi's success of 40 percent in La Liga.

The Argentina has had 15 shots on target, scoring six goals, while Van Persie can also boast a far greater percentage than Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has converted just 25 percent of his shots on goal.

Van Persie, however, is not the most potent player in the Premier League this season, with three other forwards having been more lethal when the chances have presented themselves.

Queens Park Rangers striker Bobby Zamora has netted three goals from four shots on target - a ratio of 75 percent - while Gervinho and Steven Fletcher both have 100 percent records, with two goals and four goals respectively.

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