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The deadliest strikers of 21st century have been ranked; Messi comes in 2nd while Ronaldo finishes 3rd

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are considered to be the two greatest players in football history
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are considered to be the two greatest players in football history / AFP Contributor/GettyImages
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Footballing superstars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are widely considered to be the two greatest footballers in the history of the sport, with the duo dominating football for more than a decade as seen by the combined 11 Ballon d'Or awards they have won between themselves.

Messi and Ronaldo have each scored 700 goals each, but as per Transfermarkt, neither of them can get the title of the deadliest forward since the turn of the millennium. As per numbers, the title of the deadliest striker in the 21st century goes to Borussia Dortmund youngster, Erling Haaland who averages 0.98 goals-per-game.

Messi for his part comes in second with an average of 0.80 goals-per-game with 755 career goals to his name while his great rival, Ronaldo finishes in third place with 0.75 goals-per-game after netting 790 goals so far.

Bayern Munich hitman, Robert Lewandowski who has arguably been the best striker in the world over the past three years finds himself placed fourth with an average of 0.74 goals-per-game with 486 goals to his name while England and Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane rounds up the top-five with an average of 0.64 goals-per-game.

10 deadliest strikers of the 21st century

1) Erling Haaland (82 goals) - 0.98 goals-per-game

2) Lionel Messi (755 goals) - 0.80 goals-per-game

3) Cristiano Ronaldo (790 goals) - 0.75 goals-per-game

4) Robert Lewandowski (486 goals) - 0.74 goals-per-game

5) Harry Kane (269 goals) - 0.64 goals-per-game

6) Luis Suarez (368 goals) - 0.62 goals-per-game

7) Kylian Mbappe (184 goals) - 0.62 goals-per-game

8) Neymar (263 goals) - 0.62 goals-per-game

9) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (447 goals) - 0.60 goals-per-game

10) Ruud van Nistelrooy (270 goals) - 0.60 goals-per-game

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