Stats prove Liverpool are more of a one-man team than Barcelona

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Lionel Messi's imminent surpassing of Gerd Muller's 40-year-old goalscoring record has led to renewed jibes that Barcelona are nothing more than a one-man team.

Messi has scored 84 goals for club and country in 2012, and has four games in which to pass Muller's tally of 85, while he ended last season with the most strikes ever seen by a single player in a European season.

The Barcelona star, though, has refuted suggestions that there is an over-reliance from the Camp Nou club on his goal-getting ability, with Messi stating he is no 'tin-pot dictator' who always get what he wants.

Messi has contributed 21 goals to Barcelona's record-breaking start to a Liga season, but the dependance on the potency of the Argentina by his team-mates is something over-stated.

The 25-year-old has scored 45 percent of Barcelona's goals in La Liga this term, but that is only the fifth highest percentage of players to have found the net at least ten times in Europe's top five leagues in 2012-13.

Luis Suarez is, in fact, the most relied on striker in Europe, with the Uruguayan having scored 62 percent of Liverpool's goals (not including own goals) in the Premier League this season, with ten of their 16.

Liverpool's reliance on Suarez, however, has been practically unavoidable for Brendan Rodgers, with the 25-year-old the only fit senior striker available to the Reds boss.

Rodgers will, however, be without Suarez for weekend trip to West ham and importance of the Liverpool star to the club's cause is likely to become even more apparent.

In second place is Demba Ba, whose two goals for Newcastle in the 3-0 victory against Wigan on Monday reinforced his position as one of the most prolific forward in the Premier League.

Ba has accounted for 59 percent of Newcastle's goals during the campaign so far, which sees the Senegalese placed just ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has just over half of his team's Ligue 1 goals.

Ibrahimovic's summer departure from AC Milan has allowed Stephan El Shaarawy to take centre-stage for the Rossoneri at the San Siro, and the young Italian has responded with 12 of his side's 24 goals in Serie A.

Messi enters the top ten in fifth position with 21 of Barcelona's 47 Liga successes, while he is followed by joint Premier League top-scorer Michu, who has netted 43 percent of Swansea's goals.

Radamel Falcao had enjoyed a place in the upper reaches of the table with ten strikes in his first nine La Liga games for Atletico Madrid, but his relative dry patch of one goal in his last five outings means the Colombian has now contributed 41 percent of Atleti's goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who hit 46 league goals for Real Madrid last season, but does not quite enjoy the dominance of Messi at Barcelona, with 13 of Los Blancos' 33 goals meaning a return of 39 percent for the Portuguese.

In ninth position is Bafetimbi Gomis of Ligue 1 leaders Lyon, with ten goals meaning the 27-year-old is behind only Ibrahimovic in the French top-flight scoring stakes this term.

Robin van Persie's return of ten goals in 15 Premier League appearances accounts for 29 percent of Manchester United's 35 conversions, although that ratio could be far higher were the Dutchman guilty of missing the joint most clear chances this term.

Along with his Arsenal replacement Olivier Giroud and Wigan striker Arouna Kone, Van Persie has missed ten chances deemed as 'clear cut' to add to his Premier League tally in 2012-13.

1. Luis Suarez - Liverpool.

62 percent (10 of 16)

2. Demba Ba - Newcastle.

59 percent (10 of 17)

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Paris Saint-Germain.

54 percent (13 of 24)

4. Stephan El Shaarawy - AC Milan.

50 percent (12 of 24)

5. Lionel Messi - Barcelona.

45 percent. (21 of 47)

6. Michu - Swansea.

43 percent (10 of 23)

7. Radamel Falcao - Atletico Madrid.

41 percent. (11 of 27)

8. Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid.

39 percent (13 of 33)

9. Bafetimbi Gomis - Lyon.

37 percent (10 of 27)

10. Robin van Persie - Manchester United.

29 percent (10 of 35)

Stats come with thanks to the fantastic WhoScored.

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