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10.11.2008 11:20

Most effective striker in Europe

Marc Guillén

Barça forward Samuel Eto'o is setting new personal and European standards for goal scoring.

His four strikes against Valladolid have extended the Cameroon player’s fantastic start to the season.

Personal best

QM3D9224.jpgEto’o has scored 13 times in 10 League fixtures, giving him an average of 1.3 goals per game at a strike rate of one every 58.5 minutes. These are his best figures ever for this stage of the season.

In 2005/06, for instance, Eto'o was top scorer in Spain with 26 strikes in 34 matches to average 0.76 per game. However, he ‘only’ found the net 9 times in Barça’s first 10 fixtures.

Stand out in Europe

sporting-fcb_x4x.jpgNo other striker has scored as many goals as Eto'o in Europe’s top leagues, and only two even come close. AZ Alkmaar’s Mounir El Hamdaoui has notched 13 in 10 like Eto'o, but unlike the Cameroonian has no European goals as Alkmaar haven’t qualified for any of the competitions.

The other player close behind Eto'o is Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic with 13 goals in the Bundesliga. However, his side has played 12 games, two more than Barça.
Most effective striker in Europe
20 goal attempts per game
If you want to score goals, it’s best to create lots of chances and that’s what Barça are doing. After fifteen competitive games this season the Catalan outfit has the very high goal attempts average of 20.4 per match.

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