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Top 10: The most expensive goal scorers

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Zenit St Petersburg Hulk (R) vies with Malaga’s Eliseu (L) during an UEFA Champions League group C football match in St. Petersburg on November 21, 2012.

A rather interesting study was conducted by which took a look at the top ten most expensive strikers in respect to their goals per game ratio for their respective clubs in relation to their transfer fee.

Note: The transfer amount used for calculation can be more or less than the actual amount.

Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid for £80m, and has been scoring a humongous amount of goals since then. Although technically not a striker, Cristiano Ronaldo’s cost per goal is pretty low in comparison to the other players in the list.

Goals/Games: 189/187
Cost per Goal: £484,848 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s move to Barcelona for £56m turned out to be a bad move for the Spanish giants, and costing more than £2.5m per goal, he stands out as one of the most expensive strikers on the list.

Goals/Games:  31/36
Cost per Goal: £2.57m 

Fernando Torres joined Chelsea for a hefty £50m from Liverpool, and his current ratio of 4.75 goals per Chelsea manager makes one wonder if the Spaniard will ever regain his long lost form.

Goals/Games: 28/116
Cost per Goal: £2.63m


Brazilian attacker Hulk had completed an eyewatering £48.5 million switch to Zenit St Petersburg from Porto this summer, and although it might be too early to compare his goal tally with the other players, he stands at £16.16m per goal. Expensive even by Russian standards!

Goals/Games:  4/14

Cost per Goal: £16.16m

Radamel Falcao joined Atletico Madrid for a staggering £41.5m from Porto, and the Colombian has not disappointed. He has already scored half a century of goals, and looks like he isn’t stopping by any means.

Goals/Games:  63/78
Cost per Goal: £830,000

Sergio Aguero turned out to be one of those few buys that were actually worth the money Manchester City paid. He joined the English Champions for £39.5m and costing almost a million per goal, the Argentine forward score the winner last season against QPR helping his club win the title.

Goals/Games:  43/79
Cost per Goal: £1.07m

Ex-Brazil striker Ronaldo, arguably the best striker in the past 30 years joined Real Madrid for £39.5m in the year 2002. Looking back now, the move looks like a steal for the Spanish capital.

Goals/Games: 83/127
Cost per Goal: £475,903

Andy Carroll  transfer to Liverpool for £35m failed to bear any fruit, and six goals in 42 first team appearances imply he’s felt the strain.

Goals/Games: 11/62

Cost per Goal: £3.18m

David Villa to Barcelona was a safe and successful deal the club had in the recent past in terms of buying strikers. His £35m transfer did nothing but help the club win more trophies, season after season.

Goals/Games: 46/107
Cost per Goal: £945,945

Christian Vieri has played for no fewer than 12 clubs throughout his career, but his move to Inter Milan for £33.5m turned out to be the best move for the player in his career.

Goals/Games: 103/143
Cost per Goal: £325,242

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