Stats show Aston Villa striker outperforming Messi and Ronaldo

Stats show Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is outshining the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is a man in form Photo: oulala.com

As Aston Villa prepare for their FA Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool on Sunday, one player has exploded into life in recent weeks.

Christian Benteke is the most in-form striker in Europe right now according to stats released by Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com based on goals scored and strike-rate from his last six league games.

The 24-year-old is currently the leading striker in Europe having scored eight goals in Aston Villa’s last six Premier League games, including a hat-trick against Queens Park Rangers, a brace away to Sunderland and winners against both Tottenham and West Brom.

The only player in Europe that can match the Belgian for goals scored in recent weeks is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese striker has also netted eight, five of which came in Real Madrid’s 9-1 win over Granada.

However, Benteke has been far more clinical than the Madrid forward, scoring his eight from just 13 shots at a impressive rate of 62 per cent compared to the 41 shots that it has taken Ronaldo to net his, a much lower rate of 20 per cent.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi are not far behind the Villa forward. Both have netted seven goals in their last six league matches. The Swede boasts the slightly better strike rate with his 7 goals coming from 29 shots (24 per cent) compared to the 30 shots it has taken Messi to score his 7 (23 per cent).

Benteke has taken Villa to the top of European football for the first time since 1982. Can he continue his fine form and also lead them to their first FA Cup final for 15 years?

This infographic was supplied by Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com

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