Top five: Stars of the 'one-man' teams
Tottenham Hotspur & Gareth Bale aren't the only side to be accused of being a 'one-man' team
Gareth Bale has been in scintillating form since the turn of the year, and has notched an impressive 15 league goals this season.
This has led to calls that Tottenham are fast becoming a 'one-man' team, especially as the Welshman scored all six of Spurs’ goals in a four game streak prior to last Thursday's Europa League game in Lyon.
In reality, Bale has only netted 31.9 per cent of Tottenham’s league goals this season, proving that his teammates are no slouches when it comes to providing him with support in the goalscoring department.
Let’s take a look at five other players where the burden of scoring goals has rest firmly on their shoulders.
Lionel Messi | Barcelona
It's somewhat inevitable that the little Argentine would be mentioned in this category.
With Barcelona sitting pretty at the top of La Liga on a 12-point cushion, the playmaking wizard has scored 38 goals in 25 league appearances, a very impressive 46.3 per cent of the Catalan giants 82 goals scored this term.
Not only this, since debuting in a Barcelona shirt in 2004, Messi has gone on to score a staggering 207 goals in 239 appearances in La Liga, an average of almost a goal a game for nine years. Magical.
Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid
It’s no use mentioning one Spanish giant without being drawn to the other. Real Madrid and former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t looked back since his £80m move, lighting up the Spanish and world stage with world class performances.
This season has seen him score 24 goals in the league, 38.7 per cent of Real’s 62 goals. While this isn’t the highest percentage around Europe this season, the Ronaldo's record speaks for itself - 136 goals in 125 league appearances in almost four years at the club, averaging over a goal a game.
Gareth Bale has been touted as the next Ronaldo, but he has a long way to go before he can be spoken about in the same breath as CR7.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Paris Saint-Germain
The big Swede has been feared for years no matter what team he has played for.
Brilliance seems to follow the confident front-man wherever he plays, from the wonderful 30-yard bicycle kick against England to a ferocious volley against France at Euro 2012.
At the start of the season, Ibrahimovic moved to PSG for a reported £15.7m and has not disappointed, netting 22 league goals in 23 appearances - 44.9 per cent of the Parisians' goals. Impressive stuff, and with PSG hoping their riches will fire them to the title, the powerful Sweden international is doing his very best to make it happen.
Christian Benteke | Aston Villa
Yes, you can believe your eyes. The former Genk man more than deserves a mention for his start to life in England.
While the Belgian striker may not be a house-hold name, the forward has scored 11 league goals for struggling Aston Villa this season, drawing attention from the league’s top clubs.
With the Villans scoring a measly 26 league goals this term, Benteke has a haul of 42.3 per cent of their goals. This puts him top of the percentages amongst Premier League players without being top scorer.
Glenn Murray | Crystal Palace
Even more obscure than the last name, but the man’s season speaks for itself.
The 29-year-old Crystal Palace forward is pushing the likes of Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic in goalscoring terms this season, with an outstanding league tally of 27 goals in 30 appearances. This means Murray boasts a percentage of 45 per cent.
No-one can deny that, even though his achievements have come in a lower league than the rest, it's still a remarkable record for any player.
The feat is made even more enjoyable for the Palace fans, considering Murray arrived on a free from fellow npower Championship side and fierce rivals, Brighton & Hove Albion.
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