Tottenham star beats Messi, Ronaldo, others to prestigious record in Europe’s top 5 leagues

Tottenham star beats Messi, Ronaldo, others to prestigious record in Europe’s top 5 leagues

– Tottenham star Son Heung-min is the most clinical finisher in Europe

– The Spurs’ attacker is rated above Messi, Ronaldo and others on the chart

– Harry Kane is ranked second among striker with most conversion ratio after Son

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Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min has been ranked Europe’s top five leagues most clinical finisher.

The 28-year-old winger outshined both Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski including Spurs teammate Harry Kane to the record.

Cristiano Ronaldo was nowhere near the top five players on the chart as the most successful player in the history of Champions League only made an appearance in the 13th position.

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The South Korean man finished atop of the table with 44.41 per cent, while Kane and Messi came second and third with 21.33 and 21.31 per cents respectively.

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Tottenham star beats Messi, Ronaldo, others to prestigious record in Europe's top 5 leagues

Tottenham star Son Heung-min celebrating his goal in their EFL Cup triumph over Brentford.
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According to Sport Bible, Son has scored 61 goals for the North Londoners since the start of the 2016/17 season – several players have more than his numbers with Barcelona captain recording 139 and Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski (134).

However, a study in The Independent (using data from Understat.com) reveals that the Spurs attacker is leading Europe when it comes to converting more clinically – and missing fewer chances – than any other player.

Kane comes second among the strikers with most clinical finishers list – scoring at a rate 21% above his xG.

Messi and Lazio’s Ciro Immobile are similarly over-performing at 21%. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane comes in fifth, scoring at 16% above xG.

What’s fascinating is that Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s just gone level as the highest goalscorer across football history, is only narrowly exceeding his expected-goal tally.

Meanwhile, Lewandowski is actually scoring slightly fewer goals than he should do, based on the chances he’s getting.

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Proof, perhaps, that being a great goalscorer is more about getting yourself into great positions – even if you sometimes miss – than it is finishing every single chance you get.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Son Heung Min completed a breathtaking solo run to score a superb goal in Tottenham’s 5-0 thrashing of Burnley in the Premier League in December 2019, a goal that earned him the prestigious Puskas Award.

The 28-year-old picked up the ball right in his side’s half and took on the opponents on his way to scoring the best goal of last season as he claims the coveted prize.

Spurs were already 2-0 ahead courtesy goals from Harry Kane and Lucas Moura as early as the first ten minutes of the fixture.

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