LIGUE 1

Mario Balotelli, Europe's third most effective goal scorer

The Italian averages a goal every 77 minutes - statistics only bettered by Falcao (67) and Cavani (73). Super Mario is more efficient than Messi, Cristiano and Aubameyang.

Mario Balotelli, Europe's third most effective goal scorer
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Goals flowing

Mario Balotelli brings 2016 to a close with the third best strike rate in Europe. At Nice, he is showing the kind of efficiency he struggled to produce at AC Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Hi goals have helped to jettison Nice to the top of the Ligue 1 table, four points clear of Monaco. And 'Super Mario' if the third most effective striker in all of Europe's major leagues. The Italian averages a goal every 77 minutes - statistics only bettered by Radamel Falcao (67) and Edinson Cavani (73).

Mario Balotelli

Messi and Cristiano, low averages

In contrast, Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kun Agüero pale into comparison. The Barça ace is fifth in the Top 10, promising a goal every 85 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo has been bulding the back of the net every 94 minutes and Kun Agüero, comes in tenth with a goal for City every 101 minutes.

Europe's 10 most effective goal scorers:

Nombre Equipo Goles Minutos Promedio
1. Falcao AS Monaco 10 673 67 min.
2. Cavani PSG 17 1247 73 min.
3. Balotelli Nice 8 615 77 min.
4. Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund 16 1255 78 min.
5. Messi FC Barcelona 12 1024 85 min.
6. Mertens Napoli 10 915 92 min.
7. Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 10 941 94 min.
8. Luis Suárez FC Barcelona 12 1181 98 min.
9. Petersen Friburg 5 492 98 min.
10. Agüero Man. City 10 1010 101 min.