Nigeria and Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho’s profile received a big boost yesterday as he was rated the deadliest finisher in all of Europe’s top five leagues in terms of minute-to-goal ratio.
The 19-year-old is quietly blossoming into a clinical finisher at City, and this was highlighted by his two goals in their 4-0 Premier League win over Stoke on Saturday.
That double took his overall tally to 11 in the season and a stat that sees him crowned as Europe’s deadliest marksman.
According to an analysis of scorers in top European leagues published by London tabloid, Daily Mail, Iheanacho can lay claim to being the most prolific goalscorer in Europe’s top five league based on minutes played.
“His minute-to-goal ratio stands at 81.27 – a figure that surpasses illustrious forwards such Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Based on players having scored 10 goals or more this term in all competitions, Iheanacho’s nearest challenger is Barcelona forward Luis Suarez. The 29-year-old has scored 53 times at a minute-to-goal ratio of 83.77.
“Real Madrid duo Ronaldo (47 goals) and Karim Benzema (27) sit third and fourth respectively in this list at 84.21 and 85.93 respectively.”
Iheanocho is looking forward to grabbing a starting shirt today as they host Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final cracker.