All (or at least a lot) statistics for Messi’s first 500 career goals. He scored his 500th at the Camp Nou against Valencia on 17/4/2016.
Seeing Cristiano Ronaldo score yet another insignificant hat-trick against Espanyol last night I wondered how many of his goals actually matter. And with “matter” I refer to goals that actually have a clear impact on the game and are not just goals in the margin (when already winning 2-0 for example). Within the same effort I could might as well check the same statistic for all players in Europe’s top 4 leagues. So that’s what I did and I also added the goal data from the Champions League and Europa League.