Lukaku, Ronaldo, Zlatan: Who has the best mins-per-goal in Serie A since 99/00?

Romelu Lukaku has officially completed a switch to Inter Milan on loan until June 2023.

After a fairly dismal 2021/22 season following an ill-fated £95 million return to Chelsea last summer, the Belgian is back at the club where he previously wreaked havoc on defenders.

Lukaku first joined Inter from Manchester United in the summer of 2019 and he took to Italian football like a duck to water.

In the space of just two years at the famous club, the 29-year-old rippled the back of the net 64 times across all competitions.

Lukaku’s brilliance throughout the 2020/21 season also helped Inter win the Serie A title for the first time in over a decade.

The striker scored 24 league goals during that campaign, which was one more than he managed in 2019/20.

Romelu Lukaku during his first stint with Inter Milan
MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 03: Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan celebrates after scoring their team’s fourth goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and FC Crotone at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 03, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Not bad returns, eh? Lukaku and the Italian top-flight are simply made for each other and that’s further highlighted by his very impressive minutes-per-goal record in the division.

Since the start of the 1999/2000 season, only two players sit ahead of Belgium’s record goalscorer in that regard, according to Transfermarkt‘s database.

Let’s take a look at who they are and the other 22 players with the best minutes-per-goal records in Serie A over the past 23 years…

The 25 players with the best mins-per-goal records in Serie A since the start of 1999/2000

25. Filippo Inzaghi | 99 goals | 167 mins-per-goal

24. Antonio Di Natale | 209 goals | 162 mins-per-goal

23. Luis Muriel | 98 goals | 162 mins-per-goal

22. Duvan Zapata | 106 goals | 160 mins-per-goal

21. Hernan Crespo | 113 goals | 152 mins-per-goal

Hernan Crespo celebrates a goal for Parma
PARMA, ITALY – NOVEMBER 21: Hernan Crespo of Parma celebrates after scoring his opening goal during the Serie A match between Parma and Lazio at Stadio Ennio Tardini on November 21, 2010 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)

20. Alexandre Pato | 51 goals | 151 mins-per-goal

19. Dries Mertens | 113 goals | 151 mins-per-goal

18. Gabriel Batistuta | 55 goals | 149 mins-per-goal

17. Lautaro Martinez | 58 goals | 149 mins-per-goal

16. Edinson Cavani | 112 goals | 148 mins-per-goal

Edinson Cavani with Napoli
NAPLES, ITALY – OCTOBER 07: Edinson Cavani of SSC Napoli shouts during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli v Udinese Calcio at Stadio San Paolo on October 7, 2012 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

15. Dusan Vlahovic | 51 goals | 148 mins-per-goal

14. Dario Hubner | 58 goals | 147 mins-per-goal

13. Vincenzo Montella | 87 goals | 146 mins-per-goal

12. Mauro Icardi | 121 goals | 142 mins-per-goal

11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic | 155 goals | 140 mins-per-goal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action with AC Milan
MILAN, ITALY – OCTOBER 26: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and AS Roma at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 26, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

10. Gonzalo Higuain | 125 goals | 137 mins-per-goal

9. Diego Milito | 86 goals | 137 mins-per-goal

8. Arkadiusz Milik | 38 goals | 135 mins-per-goal

7. Andriy Shevchenko | 126 goals | 135 mins-per-goal

6. Carlos Tevez | 39 goals | 133 mins-per-goal

Carlos Tevez celebrates a goal for Juventus
TURIN, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Carlos Tevez of Juventus celebrates as he scores their second goal from a penalty during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Juventus and Real Madrid CF at Juventus Arena on May 5, 2015 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

5. David Trezeguet | 123 goals | 127 mins-per-goal

4. Ciro Immobile | 182 goals | 127 mins-per-goal

3. Romelu Lukaku | 47 goals | 125 mins-per-goal

2. Christian Vieri | 111 goals | 116 mins-per-goal

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo | 81 goals | 104 mins-per-goal
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal for Juventus
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – JULY 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the International Champions Cup match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at the Singapore National Stadium on July 21, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

A 25-man list littered with footballing royalty – and yet another one that Ronaldo sits atop of.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was absolutely electric at Juventus and won the Capocannoniere (the Italian equivalent of the Golden Boot) in 2020/21.

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