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·29 September 2022

Neymar, 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 the World Cup warm-up match means he’s joined Pele and Lionel Messi in the exclusive three-man club.

The 30-year-old will soon surpass Pele’s all-time goal record for Brazil, which stands at 77. He may even achieve the feat out in Qatar later this year.

Neymar’s record on international duty really is special and something that further highlights that is his current goals-per-game ratio.

The former Barcelona man is now averaging 0.62 goals per appearance for Brazil, which is a better record than Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal.

Don’t believe us? Well, we’ve got the numbers to prove it.

Below, you’ll find a list ranking the 20 active male players with 50 or more international goals by their goals-per-game ratios.

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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

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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
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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.

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