Former Tottenham star has been most prolific striker in 2016, Liverpool player leads Premier League

He might not stay at Real Madrid beyond this season, but Los Blancos have seen the best of Gareth Bale in 2016.

The Welshman joined the Primera Division giants during the summer of 2013 from Tottenham for an amazing £75.75 million transfer fee, but has seen a load of criticism from the typically harsh Real fans.

Bale has missed seven league games in 2016 due to a disrupted calf muscle, but the 26-year-old has proven to be the most prolific player in Europe this year, according to the statistics from Transfermarkt.

In just six league games, Bale has scored seven goals for his club, meaning he has scored a goal every 54 minutes he’s been on the pitch in 2016.

No player has done better, as Benfica’s Jonas ranks second with one goal per 65 minutes (16 goals in 12 games), and three players rank joined-third with one goal per 66 minutes: Braga’s Ahmed Hassan, AZ’s Vincent Janssen, and Benfica’s Konstantinos Mitroglou.

The Wales winger also keeps a bunch of star strikers behind him. PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 12 goals in 11 league games, scoring every 76 minutes. That means the Swede has been scoring at the same rate as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (16 goals in 14 games) and team-mate Karim Benzema (9 goals in 9 games).

Other notable strikers: Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski has scored every 83 minutes, Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain every 84 minutes, and Barcelona’s Luis Suarez every 104 minutes.

Liverpool’s Roberto Firminho is leading the way among Premier League players, scoring every 106 minutes (7 goals in 9 games). Tottenham’s Harry Kane has been scoring every 107 minutes (10 goals in 12 games), Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero every 109 minutes (9 goals in 11 games).

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