15 Jan 2022 | 03:50
Recently, the statistics site StatsBomb based on FBref’s data has published a ranking of the average number of times strikers playing in Europe’s top 5 leagues have scored at least 8 times to put pressure on the opponent. goals and played 10 full games this season.
StatsBomb’s rankings are based on the average number of times strikers apply pressure, defined as “putting pressure on an opposing player receiving, holding or passing the ball”. Accordingly, Ronaldo is at the bottom of the rankings when creating an average of 6.46 times of pressure per game.
Ronaldo has scored 14 goals for MU in all competitions this season but has been criticized for being lazy to apply pressure in matches, and some also think that CR7 is not suitable for the high pressing style of the interim coach. Ralf Rangnick. But remember Ronaldo is 36 years old and he has mastered the strategy of saving energy for the important moments.
At the top of StatsBomb’s ranking is striker Emmanuel Dennis who plays for Watford. The Nigerian international has a strong physical base that impresses with an average of 20.8 times pressure per game, more than three times more than Ronaldo.
Second on the list is Liverpool striker Diogo Jota with an average score of 20.7. Meanwhile, Jota’s teammates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are in the middle of the standings with an equal average score of 13.8. This is understandable because Liverpool under Klopp is famous for being the most skillful team in Europe in recent years.
Meanwhile, rising Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior is third on the list with an average of 19.6 presses per game. It is quite surprising that most of the most appreciated strikers of European football are currently in the bottom group of the rankings.
PSG striker Kylian Mbappe is second from bottom with an average of 7.74 pressures per game, just slightly ahead of Ronaldo. Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 31 goals for Bayern Munich this season, averages just 8.77. Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s No. 1 striker Karim Benzema has an average of 9.23.