Lewandowski, Messi & Ronaldo: Comparing the best goalscoring seasons of the past 40 years

Robert Lewandowski has scored 54 goals in 2019/20 for Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski is currently enjoying the best season of his glittering goalscoring career.

The Bayern Munich striker has scored 54 goals in 44 games in all competitions, with 13 of his strikes coming in just seven Champions League games.

At this moment in time, the Polish striker is the best player on the planet and were the Ballon d'Or being awarded in 2020, he'd surely be the favourite to win.

So just how good has Lewandowski been in 2019/20? Well, he's currently delivering one of the best goalscoring seasons of the past 40 years.

The Pole is currently outperforming any season by the great Cristiano Ronaldo and as any football fan will know - that is saying something.

Ronaldo with Real Madrid

Thanks to data collected over on Reddit, we can reveal the 25 most prolific goalscoring seasons of the past 40 years from Europe's top five leagues in terms of minutes-per-goal.

Only players with 40+ goals in a season in all competitions have been included.

*Players level on 'mins-per-goal' are ranked by number of goals scored. If 'mins-per-goal' and 'goals scored' are equal, the winner is determined by the least number of minutes played. All 'mins-per-goal' ratios are rounded up to the nearest minute.*

Lewandowski in action

25. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich, 2016/17

Minutes: 4021

Goals: 43

Mins-per-goal: 94

24. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich, 2017/18

Minutes: 3757

Goals: 41

Mins-per-goal: 92

23. Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Paris Saint-Germain, 2013/14

Minutes: 3750

Goals: 41

Mins-per-goal: 91

22. Lionel Messi | Barcelona, 2013/14

Minutes: 3742

Goals: 41

Mins-per-goal: 91

21. Ciro Immobile | Lazio, 2017/18

Minutes: 3724

Goals: 41

Mins-per-goal: 91

Lewandowski in action

20. Ronaldo Nazario | Barcelona, 1996/97

Minutes: 4246

Goals: 47

Mins-per-goal: 90

19. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar | FC Schalke, 2011/12

Minutes: 4200

Goals: 48

Mins-per-goal: 88

18. Hugo Sanchez | Real Madrid, 1989/90

Minutes: 3492

Goals: 40

Mins-per-goal: 87

17. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid, 2010/11

Minutes: 4618

Goals: 53

Mins-per-goal: 87

16. Lionel Messi | Barcelona, 2014/15

Minutes: 5060

Goals: 58

Mins-per-goal: 87

Messi in 2014

15. Lionel Messi | Barcelona, 2010/11

Minutes: 4578

Goals: 53

Mins-per-goal: 86

14. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid, 2017/18

Minutes: 3678

Goals: 44

Mins-per-goal: 84

13. Edinson Cavani | Paris Saint-Germain, 2016/17

Minutes: 4138

Goals: 49

Mins-per-goal: 84

12. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid, 2015/16

Minutes: 4293

Goals: 51

Mins-per-goal: 84

11. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid, 2012/13

Minutes: 4631

Goals: 55

Mins-per-goal: 84

Ronaldo in 2013

10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Paris Saint-Germain, 2015/16

Minutes: 4146

Goals: 50

Mins-per-goal: 83

9. Lionel Messi | Barcelona, 2016/17

Minutes: 4452

Goals: 54

Mins-per-goal: 82

8. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid, 2011/12

Minutes: 4902

Goals: 60

Mins-per-goal: 82

7. Luis Suarez | Barcelona, 2015/16

Minutes: 4766

Goals: 59

Mins-per-goal: 81

6. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid, 2013/14

Minutes: 4030

Goals: 51

Mins-per-goal: 79

Ronaldo in 2012

5. Lionel Messi | Barcelona, 2018/19

Minutes: 4023

Goals: 51

Mins-per-goal: 79

4. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid, 2014/15

Minutes: 4640

Goals: 61

Mins-per-goal: 76

3. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich, 2019/20

Minutes: 3863*

Goals: 54*

Mins-per-goal: 73*

2. Lionel Messi | Barcelona, 2011/12

Minutes: 5221

Goals: 73

Mins-per-goal: 72

1. Lionel Messi | Barcelona, 2012/13

Minutes: 4070

Goals: 60

Mins-per-goal: 68

Messi in 2012

Those fellas Messi and Ronaldo aren't bad, are they?

The former's two seasons between 2011 and 2013 were superhuman efforts and it's likely they will not be topped for decades to come.

However, Lewandowski ranks higher than any other player on the list in terms of percentage of games scored in thanks to his efforts in 2019/20.

He's found the back of the net in 82% of Bayern's games, with Messi's 2012/13 campaign (74%) in second and Ronaldo's 2013/14 season (72%) in third.

Lewandowski celebrates

In terms of goals scored per game, Lewandowski's current season ranks second on 1.205. Messi takes top spot again, his iconic 2011/12 campaign yielding 1.217 goals per appearance.

Absolutely ridiculous numbers from Bayern's number nine - a true all time great.

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