Benzema, Lewandowski, Kane, Suarez, Aguero, Zlatan: Who has the best career stats?

Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski have lit up the football world in recent times.

Despite both being in their 30s, the two superstar strikers are regularly performing to an insanely high standard.

Last week, they each scored hat-tricks in the Champions League to help Real Madrid and Bayern Munich progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Lewandowski also found the back of the net for a 43rd time this season on the weekend in a 1-1 draw against Hertha Berlin, while Benzema scored a brace and recorded an assist in a 3-0 win over Mallorca on Monday.

So, with the two strikers firmly in the limelight right now, we’ve decided to compare their overall career stats with what we believe are the other four best strikers over the past decade or so.

The quartet in question? Harry Kane, Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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So, let’s take a look at how six of the greatest strikers football has ever seen compare against one another, with all the stats below sourced from the ever-reliable Transfermarkt.

GPG = goals-per-game

G/APG = goals or assists-per-game.

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Club | 741 games, 377 goals, 184 assists | GPG (0.51), G/APG (0.76)

International | 94 games, 36 goals, 20 assists | GPG (0.38), G/APG (0.60)

Total | 834 games, 413 goals, 204 assists | GPG (0.49), G/APG (0.74)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Club | 666 games, 502 goals, 132 assists | GPG (0.75), G/APG (0.95)

International | 128 games, 74 goals, 27 assists | GPG (0.58), G/APG (0.79)

Total | 794 games, 576 goals, 159 assists | GPG (0.73), G/APG (0.93)

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Club | 454 games, 269 goals, 69 assists | GPG (0.59), G/APG (0.74)

International | 67 games, 48 goals, 14 assists | GPG (0.72), G/APG (0.93)

Total | 521 games, 317 goals, 83 assists | GPG (0.61), G/APG (0.77)

Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)

Club | 689 games, 435 goals, 240 assists | GPG (0.63), G/APG (0.95)

International | 130 games, 67 goals, 37 assists | GPG (0.52), G/APG (0.80)

Total | 819 games, 502 goals, 277 assists | GPG (0.61), G/APG (0.95)

Sergio Aguero (Retired)

Club | 667 games, 380 goals, 118 assists | GPG (0.57), G/APG (0.75)

International | 101 games, 41 goals, 19 assists | GPG (0.41), G/APG (0.59)

Total | 768 games, 421 goals, 137 assists | GPG (0.55), G/APG (0.73)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan)

Club | 809 games, 492 goals, 201 assists | GPG (0.61), G/APG (0.86)

International | 120 games, 62 goals, 24 assists | GPG (0.52), G/APG (0.72)

Total | 929 games, 554 goals, 225 assists | GPG (0.60) G/APG (0.84)

The results

So, what have we learned? Well, in terms of goals or assists per game when club and international outings are combined, Suarez (0.95) just about finishes top of the pile.

Lewandowski (0.93) – the leading scorer of the six – is in second place, with Zlatan (0.84) third and Kane (0.77) fourth.

Benzema (0.74) just about avoids bottom spot, which is occupied by Aguero (0.73).

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On the international stage, England captain Kane (0.93) ranks as the most prolific in terms of goals or assists per game, while Suarez (0.95) and Lewandowski (0.95) share top spot in that regard at club level.

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