ATLÉTICO MADRID

Luis Suarez beats Cristiano Ronaldo's scoring record

The Atlético Madrid forward has chalked up the most prolific goalscoring start with a new side among Europe's top five leagues in 20 years.

Luis Suárez celebra uno de sus dos goles al Celta.
AFP7 vía Europa Press

Luis Suárez hit the ground running at Atlético Madrid following his move to the capital from Barcelona last summer. The Uruguay forward scored twice on his debut and has hit seven goals in his last four games for Diego Simeone’s side to move ahead of Leo Messi in the Pichichi running and beat a record set by Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid over 10 years ago.

Suárez outstrips Ronaldo and Haaland

Suárez’s scoring rate has made his debut season at Atlético the most prolific start to a season at a new club in the 21st century. The evergreen 34-year-old has scored 16 times in 17 games since arriving from Camp Nou, beating Ronaldo’s mark set at the Bernabéu after the Portuguese moved from Manchester United to LaLiga and hit 15 in first 16 games for Madrid. Erling Haaland also achieved the same total in as many games for Borussia Dortmund after completing a transfer from Red Bull Salzburg.

Ronaldo went on to score 33 in 35 games in his first season at Real Madrid, a target Suárez will exceed if he maintains his current goals-per-game ratio.

The Uruguayan has also made a considerable improvement on his debut season in LaLiga at Barcelona in 2014-15: after 17 games Suárez had managed seven goals at Camp Nou and went on to total 25 in 43 overall. However, Suárez scored 16 in the league overall for Barcelona that season, the same number he has managed for Atlético at the halfway stage of this campaign, the Uruguayan having failed to get off the mark in any other competition for Simeone’s side thus far.

The best scoring starts to a campaign in the 21st century

Player Team Season Goals
Luis Suárez Atlético 2020-21 16
Cristiano Real Madrid 2009-10 15
Haaland Dortmund 2019-20/20-21 15
Falcao Atlético 2011-12 14
Agüero Man. City 2011-12 13
Lukaku Inter 2019-20 12
Van Persie Man. United 2012-13 12
Aubameyang Arsenal 2017-18/18-19 11
Mbappé PSG 2017-18 9
Lewandowski Bayern 2014-15 7