Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been in the headlines a lot recently after their stunning goal scoring exploits last weekend.
Ronaldo set the tone on Sunday by grabbing a brilliant ‘perfect’ hat-trick against Getafe in the space of ten second-half minutes.
Not to be outdone, Messi responded with four goals of his own against Osasuna to help Barcelona bounce back from defeat against Real Sociedad last week and maintain their 15-point gap at the top of La Liga.
But with individuals making the headlines it is interesting to see how that impacts upon the teams they play for in terms of overall goals scored – for example do Messi’s 33 league goals mean Barcelona are the highest-scoring team in Europe?
Take a look at the most prolific teeams in Europe’s top five leagues below.
5. Arsenal – 78 goals, 2.23 goals per game
This will probably come as surprise to most Arsenal fans, especially given the departure of Robin van Persie over the summer - but they’re the fifth most potent side in Europe.
Theo Walcott has taken up the mantle of leading striker with 10 league goals while those around him have helped fill the gap left behind by Van Persie.
4. Manchester United – 79 goals, 2.32 goals per game
Arsenal’s loss is certainly Manchester United’s gain, and Van Persie’s presence has prompted some to declare the Red Devils’ current front line as one of the most dangerous in the world.
With Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck on their books Manchester United are never likely to be short of goals.
Interestingly, at the same stage last season, United had only scored three goals less than they have this term.
3. Real Madrid – 88 goals, 2.51 goals per game
Spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid are banging in the goals, even if they’re not picking up points quite so readily.
Behind Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain is Madrid’s second-highest scorer in the league with 8 goals, while in Europe Karim Benzema is supporting the Portuguese superstar with three goals to his name.
Although they have less goals than Chelsea (above them in this list) the fact they have played less games mean they have a better goals per game ratio.
2. Chelsea – 92 goals, 2.3 goals per game
Roman Abramovich spent big over the summer to ensure Chelsea played a more elaborate brand of football – and although the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar have impressed, the Russian billionaire probably didn’t count on Fernando Torres continuing his search for form in front of goal.
While the Spaniard has been criticised this season he's actually not doing terribly in terms of goals; he has seven in the league making him the club’s second highest scorer, and he bagged three in the Champions League before the Blues untimely exit.
Chelsea have the second highest goal tally in the Premier League and their goals are shared around pretty equally; Juan Mata, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard have all chipped in well.
1. Barcelona - 105, 3.0- per game
Of course Barcelona are top of the pile, who else? Lionel Messi on his own has more goals than all but two La Liga teams excluding his own.
The Argentinian has an astonishing 40 goals to his name with just over half the season gone – and he could well beat his own record of 73 goals in a single season, set last time round.
In terms of goals per game, Barca are well ahead of the rest, averaging around a goal more every two games than their nearest challenger, Real Madrid. No wonder they’re sitting so prettily at the top of La Liga.
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