Neyamr, Ronaldo, Messi: Who has The Best International Goals-Per- Game Ratio?

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On Tuesday evening, Neymar became just the third player from South America to reach 75 goals on the international stage.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar scored an ice-cold penalty in Brazil’s emphatic 5-1 win over Tunisia at the Parc des Princes.

Neymar’s strike in a World Cup warm-up means he joins Pele and Lionel Messi in an exclusive three-man club.

The 30-year-old is close to surpassing Pele’s all-time goalscoring record in Brazil, which stands at 77. He could still do it this year in Qatar.

Neymar’s record on international duty is truly exceptional and something that is further highlighted by his current goals per game ratio.

The former Barcelona man now averages 0.62 goals per game for Brazil, a record better than Cristiano Ronaldo’s for Portugal.

don’t you believe us? Well, we have the numbers to prove it.

Below is a ranked list of the top 20 active male players with 50 or more international goals by their goals per match ratio.

Let’s begin…

Who has the best international goals-per-game ratio?

20. Bader Al-Mutawa (Kuwait) | 56 goals | 0.29 goals-per-game

19. Alexis Sanchez (Chile) | 50 goals | 0.33 goals-per-game

18. Shinji Okazaki (Japan) | 50 goals | 0.42 goals-per-game

17. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) | 58 goals | 0.44 goals-per-game

16. Teerasil Dangda (Thailand) | 53 goals | 0.46 goals-per-game

15. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) | 51 goals | 0.47 goals-per-game

14. Javier Hernandez (Mexico) | 52 goals | 0.48 goals-per-game

13. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) | 62 goals | 0.51 goals-per-game

12. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia & Herzegovina) | 64 goals | 0.51 goals-per-game

11. Luis Suarez (Uruguay) | 68 goals | 0.51 goals-per-game

10. Lionel Messi (Argentina) | 90 goals | 0.55 goals-per-game

9. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) | 76 goals | 0.57 goals-per-game

8. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) | 117 goals | 0.61 goals-per-game

7. Neymar (Brazil) | 75 goals | 0.62 goals-per-game

6. Ali Ashfaq (Maldives) | 57 goals | 0.64 goals-per-game

5. Sunil Chhetri (India) | 84 goals | 0.64 goals-per-game

4. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia) | 50 goals | 0.66 goals-per-game

3. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) | 68 goals | 0.67 goals-per-game

2. Harry Kane (England) | 51 goals | 0.68 goals-per-game

1. Ali Mabkhout (United Arab Emirates) | 80 goals | 0.74 goals-per-game

 

Thanks to Ronaldo’s two blanks against Czech Republic and Spain, Neymar has creeped ahead, while the Brazilian is a considerable distance clear of both PSG teammate Messi and Lewandowski.

But all four miss out on a spot in the top five, which is something of a shock.

Kane, Lukaku and Mitrovic’s ratios are seriously special, though. The European trio will go down as three of the greatest strikers in the history of international football, of that we feel certain.

And a special shoutout to the man in first place, Mabkhout, whose prolificacy with the UAE is the stuff of legend.

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