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Price of a goal from Europe best scorers

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Salaries and performance

During this period of transition between the last season and the next one and a transfer period well advanced, the sums and salaries paid by European major clubs are greater than ever to acquire high-performing players. Sometimes astronomical amounts of money are spent to acquire and secure the most valuable players. 

For this study, we looked at the top players evolving in the five major European Championships (Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A) and participating in a major League (Champions League, Europa League).

To provide accurate data, we analyzed the results of the best scorers of the top Europeans championships and we established statistics based on the salaries and performances of the best strikers in Europe.

We determined how much a goal score from those players costs and if salaries are linked to performance on the pitch.

Price of a goal

Best scorers in Europe

Football is about goals and the ability of a team to score more than the other team.

Lionel Messi is once again dominating the record of goals scored during a season with 51 goals scored in 50 games making it an average of 1,02 goals scored per game and a goal scored every 79 minutes. He is leading for the fourth year in a row.

The second position was attributed to the youngster World Cup winner Kylian Mbappé that scored 39 goals last season with Paris-Saint Germain.

Messi’s forever rival Cristiano Ronaldo transferred to Juventus this season was relegated to the 8th position with 28 goals scored in 43 games and an average of 0,65 goal per game.

best players in Europe

Messi is the best scorer of the 7 last seasons with a total of 290 goals scored in all Europeans championships, he is followed by Cristiano Ronaldo (277 goals) and Robert Lewandowski (216 goals).

Salaries of the best scorers in Europe for 2018/2019

The salaries of the players are established regarding the salaries delivered monthly by the clubs to the players without consideration for sponsoring, advertising revenues and special bonuses. Price is established for a full season.

It should be noted that the value of the salaries is pulled from the online database of sports salaries https://www.capology.com/ and are based on club salaries only and without taking into account revenues linked to sponsoring and match bonuses.

As you could expect, the best scorer in Europe is also the player with the highest salary. The list of the best revenues in the world can be found here

Best salaries football
  1. L.MESSI (FC Barcelona) – (51) – 33 960 000€
  2. C.RONALDO (Juventus) – (28)31 000 000€
  3. L.SUÁREZ (FC Barcelona) – (25) 11 232 000€
  4. K.MBAPPE (PSG) – (39) 10 254 000€
  5. R.LEWANDOWSKI (Bayern Munich) – (37) 8 451 000€
  6. K.BENZEMA (Real Madrid) – (30) 7 900 000€
  7. S.AGUERO (Manchester City) – (32) 7 677 000€
  8. M.SALAH (Liverpool) – (27) 6 672 000€
  9. H.KANE (Tottenham) – (24) 6 600 000€
  10. P.E.AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal) – (31) 6 000 000€
  11. R.STERLING (Manchester City ) – (25) –  6 000 000€
  12. S.MANÉ (Liverpool) – (26) 3 336 000€ 
  13. F.QUAGLIARELLA (Sampdoria) – (26)1 200 000€
  14. W.BEN YEDDER (FC Sevilla) – (30)956 000€
  15. L.JOVIC (Eintracht) – (27)211 000€

As you could expect, the best scorer in Europe is also the player with the highest salary. The list of the best revenues in the world can be found here

Price of a goal from the best scorers

Based on the salaries and number of goals scored over a season, we can get a closer look at the real price of performance for Europeans major clubs.

For instance, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 28 goals during his season 2018/2019 with Juventus and cumulated 31 000 000 euros in salary for the season. The price of a goal scored by the Portuguese is therefore 1 107 143€.

For this season, each one of the 28 goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo in his 43 matches with Juventus cost the club 1 107 143€ per goal.

In comparison, the Serbian Luka Jovic lent by Benfica Lisbonne and recently transferred to Real Madrid for 60 million euros scored 27 goals during an excellent season with Eintracht Frankfurt and each goal he scored this last season had a value of 7815€ for the club.

Price of a goal
  1. C.RONALDO (Juventus) – 1 107 143€ per goal
  2. L.MESSI (FC Barcelona) – 665 882€ per goal
  3. L.SUÁREZ (FC Barcelona) – 449 280€ per goal
  4. H.KANE (Tottenham) – 275 000€ per goal
  5. K.BENZEMA (Real Madrid) – 263 333€ per goal
  6. K.MBAPPE (PSG) – 262 923€ per goal
  7. M.SALAH (Liverpool) – 247 111€ per goal
  8. S.AGUERO (Manchester City) – 239 906€ per goal
  9. R.LEWANDOWSKI (Bayern Munich) – 228 405€ per goal
  10. R.STERLING (Manchester City) – 200 000€ per goal
  11. P-E.AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal) – 193 548€ per goal
  12. S.MANÉ (Liverpool) – 128 308€ per goal
  13. F.QUAGLIARELLA (Sampdoria) – 46 154€ per goal
  14. W.BEN YEDDER (FC Sevilla) – 31 867€ per goal
  15. L.JOVIC (Eintracht) – 7815€ per goal

For this season, each one of the 28 goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo in his 43 matches with Juventus cost the club 1 107 143€ per goal.

In comparison, the Serbian Luka Jovic lent by Benfica Lisbonne and recently transferred to Real Madrid for 60 million euros scored 27 goals during an excellent season with Eintracht Frankfurt and each goal he scored this last season had a value of 7815€ for the club.

Neymar Jr that doesn’t appear in the top 15 scorers of Major European Leagues with 23 goals scored in 28 matches for the season 2018/2019 with Paris Saint-Germain, has an estimated price of 1 344 867€ for each goal he scores.

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Price of a minute played

After retrieving the amount of time spent on the field for this whole 2018/2019 season, we calculated the price of a minute spent on the field for the 15 best Europeans scorers.

We assist in huge disparities between players, Cristiano Ronaldo played 3646 minutes during this last season with Juventus, with a salary of 2 583 333€ per month, the cost of one minute spent on the field is 8502€.

One of the 3304 minutes played by Luka Jovic was costing 64€ to his club Eintracht Frankfurt.

Price of a minute football
  1. C.RONALDO (Juventus) – 8502€ / minute (3646 mins played)
  2. L.MESSI (FC Barcelona) – 8441€ / minute (4023 mins played)
  3. K.MBAPPE (PSG) 2915€ / minute (3518 mins played)
  4. L.SUÁREZ (FC Barcelona) – 2719€ / minute (4131 mins played)
  5. S.AGUERO (Manchester City) – 2278€ / minute (3370 mins played)
  6. R.LEWANDOWSKI (Bayern Munich) – 2202€ / minute (4179 mins played)
  7. H.KANE (Tottenham) – 1975€ / minute (3342 mins played)
  8. K.BENZEMA (Real Madrid) – 1834€ / minute (4308 mins played)
  9. P-E.AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal) – 1555€ / minute (3859 mins played)
  10. M.SALAH (Liverpool) – 1536€ / minute (4343 mins played)
  11. R.STERLING (Manchester City) – 1220€ / minute (4097 mins played)
  12. S.MANÉ (Liverpool) – 774€ / minute (4309 mins played)
  13. F.QUAGLIARELLA (Sampdoria) – 363€ / minute (3307 mins played)
  14. W.BEN YEDDER (FC Sevilla) – 238€ / minute (4025 mins played)
  15. L.JOVIC (Eintracht) – 64€ / minute (3304 mins played)

Therefore Cristiano Ronaldo playing time costed 133 times more than Luka Jovic that scored 27 goals this season.

Average time needed to score

Most of the time, players have up to 90 minutes to score the maximum of goals during a match. Based on the time played and the number of goals scored over a whole season we can determine the time needed on average for each striker to score a goal for the season 2018/2019.

  1. L.MESSI (FC Barcelona) – 79 minutes
  2. K.MBAPPE (PSG) – 90 minutes
  3. S.AGUERO (Manchester City) – 105 minutes
  4. R.LEWANDOWSKI (Bayern Munich) – 111 minutes
  5. L.JOVIC (Eintracht) – 122 minutes
  6. P-E.AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal) – 124 minutes
  7. F.QUAGLIARELLA (Sampdoria) – 127 minutes
  8. C.RONALDO (Juventus) – 130 minutes
  9. W.BEN YEDDER (FC Sevilla) – 131 minutes
  10. H. KANE (Tottenham) – 139 minutes
  11. K.BENZEMA (Real Madrid) – 144 minutes
  12. M.SALAH (Liverpool) – 161 minutes
  13. R.STERLING (Manchester City) – 164 minutes
  14. L.SUÁREZ (FC Barcelona) – 165 minutes
  15. S.MANÉ (Liverpool) – 166 minutes

We can also observe that the average time needed to score for the 15 best strikers in Europe is 130 minutes.

We can notice that the four-times Ballon d’Or Lionel Messi scores two times faster than Sadio Mané.

Number of goals per match on average

During the season 2018/2019, the German Bundesliga is leading in terms of the average of goals scored per game with an average of 3,12 goals scored per game, Premier league follows with 2,84, Serie A with 2,69, La Liga with 2,57 and Ligue 1 with 2,49.

  1. L.MESSI (FC Barcelona) – 1,02 goal/match in 50 matches
  2. K.MBAPPE (PSG) – 0,91 goal/match on average in 43 matchs
  3. P-E.AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal) – 0,86 goal/match in 51 matches
  4. R.LEWANDOWSKI (Bayern Munich) – 0,8 goal/match in 46 matches
  5. S.AGUERO (Manchester City) – 0,7 goal/match in 46 matches
  6. F.QUAGLIARELLA (Sampdoria) – 0,67 goal/match in 39 matches
  7. C.RONALDO (Juventus) – 0,65 goal/match in 43 matches
  8. H.KANE (Tottenham) – 0,6 goal/match in 40 matches
  9. L.JOVIC (Eintracht) – 0,57 goal/match in 48 matches
  10. W.BEN YEDDER (FC Sevilla) – 0,57 goal/match in 54 matches
  11. K.BENZEMA (Real Madrid) – 0,57 goal/match in 53 matches
  12. M.SALAH (Liverpool) – 0,52goal/match in 52 matches
  13. S.MANÉ (Liverpool) – 0,52 goal/match in 50 matches
  14. L.SUÁREZ (FC Barcelona) – 0,51 goal/match in 49 matches
  15. R.STERLING (Manchester City) – 0,49 goal/match in 51 matches

Once again Lionel Messi is leading the ranking, La Pulga scores on average two times more than Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, his teamate Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and bascially every other player in European major Leagues.

Young french player Kylian Mbappé is following closely the steps of Messi with Paris Saint Germain and appears to have a promising career in front of him. He might surpass the Argentinian in the coming seasons.

Let’s what 2019/2020 brings in terms of goals

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