5 players who have scored the most headed goals in top 5 European Leagues since 2009/10

Arjun Singh Devgan
Ronaldo has been brilliant in the air during his career
Ronaldo has been brilliant in the air during his career / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

There are a number of top strikers in the world today, but there are very few who are good when it comes to scoring via headers, with the art of heading the ball into the net a dying art in present day football.

Here, we take a look at five players who have scored the most headed goals in the top five European leagues since 2009/10.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo - 66 headed goals

Cristiano Ronaldo, Jamaal Lascelles
Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

In first place, it is none other than footballing icon, Cristiano Ronaldo, with the striker netting a staggering 66 headed goals since the 2009/10 season at an average ratio of 0.16 headed goals per game.

The 37-year-old might have lost the pace that made him unplayable at times, but there is no doubt that he is the most complete striker in the world at present.

Appearances: 414
Goals: 404
Headed Goals: 66
Headed goals per game: 0.16

2. Robert Lewandowski - 48 headed goals

Robert Lewandowski, Deyovaisio Zeefuik, Jhon Cordoba
FC Bayern Muenchen v Hertha BSC - Bundesliga / Sebastian Widmann/GettyImages

Robert Lewandowski has established himself as the best striker in the world over the past three years as he has been key to all of Bayern Munich's success in the recent past.

The Polish hitman has scored tons of goals since 2009/10, with 48 of them coming via his head at an average ratio of 0.13. It will be interesting to see how many more headed goals he can add to his tally by the time he decides to hang up his boots.

Appearances: 376
Goals: 306
Headed Goals: 48
Headed goals per game: 0.13

3. Fernando Llorente - 47 headed goals

Fernando Llorente
Tottenham Hotspur v AC Milan - International Champions Cup 2018 / Hannah Foslien/International Champions Cup/GettyImages

It comes as no surprise that Fernando Llorente makes the top-five list considering that he is known to be a specialist in heading, with a number of his goals coming via headers.

The Spaniard who has played for a number of top clubs during his career has scored 47 goals via headers since 2009/10 at an average of 0.14, a rate better than that of Lewandowski.

Appearances: 325
Goals: 101
Headed Goals: 47
Headed goals per game: 0.14

4. Edinson Cavani: 40 headed goals

Semi Ajayi, Edinson Cavani
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League / Pool/GettyImages

Another striker who is not spoken of when it comes to his ability in the air is Edinson Cavani, with the Uruguayan netting 40 headers during the time period at an average of 0.11.

The 35-year-old is coming to an end of his storied career, though he still has time to add to his tally.

Appearances: 376
Goals: 241
Headed Goals: 40
Headed goals per game: 0.11

5. Mario Mandzukic - 39 headed goals

Mario Mandzukic, Frederic Veseli
Mario Mandzukic (L) of Juventus FC competes for a header... / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Mario Mandzukic retired in September 2021 and this would come as a relief to a number of defenders, considering that he was brilliant in the air as seen by the 39 headed goals he netted at an average of 0.15 since 2009/10.

The Croatian is another striker who played for a number of top clubs during his career, while also playing a key role in Croatia's run to the finals of the 2018 World Cup.

Appearances: 266
Goals: 96
Headed Goals: 39
Headed goals per game: 0.15