05 July 2010

Goals per Game: Club versus Country



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I almost didn't include Ronaldo, because his one season with Real Madrid (the only player on this list with stats from just one club season) throws off the whole chart, but I couldn't make a list of the world's top goalscorers without the winking prat. As per usual, he continues to piss me off at every turn.

Nonetheless, discounting that outlier (I hope it's an outlier...), the point remains the same. Only Torres and Messi have a scoring record so dissimilar for club and country. Messi averages .328 more goals per game for Barca, Torres' averages .320 for Liverpool. And Torres' stats seem especially notable because of the similarity between his tallies for Atletico and Spain.

I can't help but think of the old Shankly quote: "Liverpool were made for me, and I was made for Liverpool." And I can't help but fear for the future at the same time.

Full stats below.

Torres:
Atletico - 91 goals/249 games = .365
Liverpool - 72/116 = .621
Spain - 24/78 = .301

Villa:
Valencia - 129/225 = .573
Spain - 43/63 = .683

Messi:
Barcelona - 127/214 = .593
Argentina - 13/49 = .265

Ronaldo:
United - 118/292 = .404
Real Madrid - 33/35 = .943
Portugal - 23/76 = .301

Rooney:
United - 131/282 = .465
England - 25/64 = .391

Drogba:
Chelsea - 131/260 = .504
Ivory Coast - 45/71 = .634

Klose:
Werder Bremen: 63/132 = .477
Bayern - 47/123 = .382
Germany - 52/100 = .520

van Persie:
Arsenal - 36/73 = .493
Holland - 19/49 = .388

1 comment:

FSG said...

Had Rafa been the Manager of Spain, he'll be criticized on Torres' productivity.

Anyway, good post!