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For most football teams, they are entering into the most crucial stage of the season.
Whether it's challenging for a title in their respective leagues, in the midst of a relegation battle or competing in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, there's no doubt that most sides will be relying on their forwards to score as many times as possible before the season is out.
The race for the European Golden Shoe is also in full swing, with Barcelona's Lionel Messi leading the goalscoring charts with 33 to his name and Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappé second with 27.
But it is also worth asking a serious question: who are the best and worst finishers across Europe this season?
Well, we have an answer to that question thanks to Understat.
So, let's take a look, shall we?
Okay, so Understat has broken down each player's stats in respect to the number of goals they have scored minus the goals they were expected to score.
Messi tops the chart with an average of 9.37 and is followed by Borussia Dortmund's Paco Alcácer, who is currently sitting on 7.07.
Taking home third place is AC Milan's Krzysztof Piątek with an average of 5.24, while former Nantes star Emiliano Sala (RIP, fella) is fourth with 5.2 and Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min is on 4.97.
Those are the best finishers across Europe this season, but what about the worst?
Let's take a look at the worst finishers.
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, who is the top scorer in the Bundesliga this season, has the worst conversion rate at -9.31.
Villarreal's Gerard Moreno is second with -6.16, Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus came third with -4.92 and Roma's Edin Džeko is fourth with -4.89.
Lyon's Memphis Depay rounds off the list of worst finishers, securing the number five spot with -4.06.
Surprised with Lewandowski being the worst finisher?
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