When it comes to Europe’s most prolific goalscorer, names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez spring to mind, right?
Well, as it turns out, that title belongs to neither of them, nor does it belong to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Robert Lewandowski.
One must look towards the Premier League to find Europe’s most clinical front man, more specifically at Manchester City.
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At this point football fans would immediately think it’s Sergio Aguero, scorer of 23 Premier League goals this season - but no, it is in fact 19-year-old striker Kelechi Iheanacho.
That’s right, Europe’s deadliest striker is a young Nigerian who has made just four league starts all season.
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Iheanacho’s rise began against Crystal Palace last September, scoring the game’s only goal mere seconds after entering the field of play.
Strikes against the likes of Swansea, Norwich and Tottenham, alongside a brace against Stoke City on Saturday, have seen his total for the season rise to 11.
All this has resulted in a rather impressive ratio of one goal in every 81.3 minutes, which sees him top of the class across Europe.
Barcelona’s Suarez is close behind with a ratio of 83.8, whilst Ronaldo finds the net once in every 84.2 minutes.
Ballon d’Or holder Messi, on the other hand, has one goal in every 96 minutes.
Football fans will be quick to point out that Iheanacho has played a considerable amount of time less than his rivals and that he’s usually deployed when City are cruising, but that shouldn’t distract from the fact he has hit the target with 58.3 per cent of his attempts and scored 41.7 per cent.
Furthermore, the Nigerian’s five Premier League goals thus far have come from just seven shots on target. Talk about clinical.
Whether Iheanacho can maintain such form remains to be seen, of course, and his crowning as Europe’s most clinical striker will only add to fans’ high expectations of him.
What’s certain is the 19-year-old is bursting with confidence following his double against the Potters, so much so that he wishes to feature against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The Citizens host Los Blancos in the semi-final first leg, with Iheanacho recently revealing a burning to desire to feature.
He said, according to Sky Sports: “I think I should dream about that, because it’s a great team to dream about. It would be a dream come true to play against them.
"Ronaldo and (Barcelona's Lionel) Messi are the greatest players on the planet, so I think playing against them is a big thing to anyone.
"I would feel very great, I would feel very happy. I would grab the opportunity and really work hard."
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