​Jamie Vardy is on the cusp of a Premier League record. If he scores in his next outing against Newcastle United, the England striker will equal Ruud van Nistelrooy's run of finding the net in 10 consecutive matches.


Even then, he would need to be on target against the Dutchman's former club Manchester United the following weekend to draw level with Stan Mortensen's top-flight record (i.e. the one that stood until Sky invented football).


As impressive as either feat would be, Vardy has nothing on this next bunch, who currently lead the way when it comes to hot scoring streaks (for now)...


13: Tom Phillipson (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1926–27); Serge Masnaghetti (Valenciennes FC 1962–63); Peter Dubovský (ŠK Slovan Bratislava 1991–92)

Dubovský's run eventually led Real Madrid to come calling, however the Slovakian's life was tragically cut short at the age of 28 during a holiday to Thailand with his fiancée. Dubovský, then of Real Oviedo, was taking pictures of a waterfall when he stumbled and fell, suffering from heavy blood loss and severe brain injuries.


Masnaghetti, meanwhile, remains a Ligue 1 record holder for his run (his seven-minute hat-trick against Nice has also never been bettered), while Phillipson's Football League record is still intact nearly 90 years on.


14: Fernando Gomes (FC Porto 1984–85)

The former Portugal striker's goals that season saw him collect Europe's Golden Shoe for a second time.​


15: Filip Johansson (IFK Göteborg 1924–25);  Fin Døssing (Dundee United FC 1964–65) Tor Henning Hamre (FC Flora Tallinn 2003)


15 is an all Scandinavian affair. It begins, chronologically, with Swedish striker Johansson, who made his Allsvenskan debut in 1924 and by the end of the campaign had set not only this record but another too, after scoring 39 goals in a mere 21 matches for Goteborg.


Danish goal-getter Døssing also marked his first season at a new club by setting the record for consecutive matches scored in, while Hamre's run put him in contention for the European Golden Shoe.


16: Teodor Peterek (Ruch Chorzów 1937–38); Gerd Müller (FC Bayern München 1969–70)


According to Peterek's Wikipedia profile, the Polish striker was so fiercely competitive that he once threw mud in the face of a goalkeeper who'd saved his penalty kick. So you can only imagine how he must have felt when his record was beaten only two years later by Josef Bican.

Muller, meanwhile, scored 38 goals for Bayern during​ the 1969-70 campaign, which wasn't enough to secure the Bundesliga title (Borussia Monchengladbach won it) although it did help earn 'Der Bomber' his only Ballon d'Or later that year.


19: Josef Bican (SK Slavia Praha 1939–40)

And here he is: your record holder for so long (and would be still if the pedants had their way)​. The Austrian is said to have scored over 800 competitive goals throughout his career, which would make him the most prolific scorer in history, and even played for Slavia throughout the Second World War. Juventus are said to have offered Bican handsome terms to join them but he refused after reportedly being advised that communists might control Italy (although, ironically, they later came to power in Czechoslovakia, where he was still playing at the time).


21: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona 2012–13)



Messi hit 46 league goals during the 2012-13 campaign and, incredibly, that still wasn't his best ever haul (50 the previous year, if you were wondering). 30 of them arrived during a 19-game spell, enough to leave the Argentine level with Bican, with a further three being scored in the two fixtures immediately proceeding a three-match injury lay-off.


That's good enough for me, although I'm sure some of you will be more picky.