It would take a brave (or stupid) man to suggest that Lionel Messi was not the greatest footballer on the planet right now, but is the Argentine the greatest goal scorer?

Taking into account goals scored in all league and European competitions, this article examines which stars have hit the net most consistently over the past four and a half seasons. The contenders are judged not just on how many goals they have scored, but on their goal to games ratio, thus proving just who the world’s greatest goal scorer really is.

The likes of Luis Suarez and Falcao have been omitted, as most of their goals have been scored outside of the big five European leagues, and it’s generally bit easier to score in Holland or Portugal. Just ask Alfonso Alves.

Click on Mario Gomez to unveil the top 10