Salah, Ronaldo, Messi: What're the longest scoring streaks in the 21st century?

Mohamed Salah has scored in nine consecutive games for Liverpool

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Mohamed Salah has been on fire for Liverpool this season.

The Egyptian is arguably the finest player on the planet right now and his 11 appearances across all competitions in 2021/22 have yielded 12 goals and four assists.

Those are numbers befitting of a prime Lionel Messi and going into Sunday’s game against Manchester United, Salah is on a run of nine consecutive games with a goal to his name – the longest in Liverpool’s illustrious history.

As per Transfermarkt, he’s now part of a star-studded 10-man group to have reached that landmark in the 21st century.

Let’s take a look at the other members…

Salah in action for Liverpool

Players who have scored in nine consecutive games in the 21st century

Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 10 goals between 20/10/20 and 08/12/20

Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) – 10 goals between 28/10/18 and 29/12/18

Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal) – 12 goals between 29/12/07 and 11/02/08

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 12 goals between 16/12/18 and 02/02/19

Adriano (Inter Milan) – 12 goals between 02/05/04 and 22/09/04

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 13 goals between 06/01/20 and 22/02/20

Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) – 13 goals between 07/12/14 and 25/01/15

Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid) – 13 goals between 18/04/09 and 19/08/09

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 15 goals between 20/10/10 and 24/11/10

Messi with Barcelona

Not a bad collection of footballers, that.

Now let’s check out the group of players Salah will join if he makes it 10 goalscoring games in a row at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Players who have scored in 10 consecutive games in the 21st century

Carsten Jancker (Bayern Munich) – 12 goals between 30/07/00 and 19/09/00

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 13 goals between 11/02/14 and 02/04/14

Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) – 14 goals between 05/12/01 and 19/01/02

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 14 goals between 30/05/20 and 19/08/20

Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) – 15 goals between 22/03/03 and 11/05/03

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 16 goals between 09/12/12 and 27/01/13

Duvan Zapata (Atalanta) – 17 goals between 03/12/18 and 30/01/19

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Only the very best reach double figures!

Now we’re getting to the business end of things. Below, you’ll find the five longest scoring streaks since the turn of the millennium and believe us when we say that even Salah will struggle to get anywhere near number one.

The five longest scoring streaks in the 21st century

5. Roy Makaay, 11 games (Bayern Munich) – 19 goals between 20/04/05 and 27/08/05

=3. Cristiano Ronaldo, 12 games (Real Madrid) – 20 goals between 25/0814 and 01/11/14

=3. Cristiano Ronaldo, 12 games (Real Madrid) – 22 goals between 10/02/18 and 18/04/18

2. Robert Lewandowski, 13 games (Bayern Munich) – 19 goals between 12/08/19 and 26/10/19

1. Robert Lewandowski, 19 games (Bayern Munich) – 30 goals between 15/02/21 and 18/09/21

Lewandowski with Bayern

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Lewandowski, you’re absolutely ridiculous.

Good luck trying to equal that, Mo…

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