Lionel Messi recently moved into the top 10 of the European all-time scoring ranking, while Cristiano Ronaldo sits in sixth position. But can they catch the Europe’s all-time record scorer?
Ronaldo has scored 291 league goals for Manchester United and Real Madrid, while Messi sits on 269 goals for Barcelona.
Jimmy Greaves, however, has scored 366 league goals during his career, between 1957 and 1971 – more than any other player in the history of Europe’s top five leagues.
Greaves scored an unbelievable 357 goals in 516 English league appearances for the Chelsea (124), Spurs (220) and West Ham (13) - as well as nine in 12 games during a brief spell with AC Milan in Serie A.
German striker, Gerd Muller, follows Greaves in second spot with 365 goals between 1965 and 1979.
Steve Bloomer (317), Dixie Dean (310) and Delio Onnis (299) are all still ahead of Ronaldo, while Gordon Hodgson (287), Alan Shearer (283) and Silvio Piola (274) have scored more than Messi.
Ronaldo, who turned 30 in January, would need to score another 75 goals to catch Greaves, while 27-year-old Messi is still 97 goals behind the England legend.
If both continued at their current goal-scoring rate, Ronaldo could reach Greaves at the end of next season, while Messi would probably only catch up in the middle of the 2016/17 season.
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