Cristiano Ronaldo underlined his importance to Manchester United with a magnificent hat-trick in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Tottenham.
In the process, Ronaldo became the top scorer in the history of professional football after passing Josef Bican’s previous record of 805 career goals.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has now scored six match-winning goals for United in the Premier League this season, the joint-most in the division alongside Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane also scored in Saturday’s match at Old Trafford but was unable to inspire his side to victory.
Ronaldo, Salah and Kane have all been important figures for their respective clubs this season, but which player out of the three has scored the most match-winning goals in the Premier League?
Stats website Transfermarkt has revealed that Spurs talisman Kane has the most impressive record out of the trio.
England captain Kane has scored 48 match-winning goals in the Premier League, putting him joint-fifth on the all-time list alongside former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
Ronaldo is joint-16th with 37 match-winning goals, an impressive effort considering much of his career has been played abroad.
Salah, meanwhile, is joint-24th with 34 – although that number is sure to rise sharply, should he remain with Liverpool.
All three players have some way to go to catch Alan Shearer, who scored an incredible 68 match-winning goals in the Premier League during his playing career – two more than his nearest rival, Wayne Rooney.
Here is the top 25 list in full:
=24. Jamie Vardy – 34
=24. Mohamed Salah – 34
23. Raheem Sterling – 35
=21. Sadio Mane – 36
=21. Ruud van Nistelrooy – 36
=16. Cristiano Ronaldo – 37
=16. Paul Scholes – 37
=16. Robbie Keane – 37
=16. Steven Gerrard – 37
=16. Michael Owen – 37
15. Robbie Fowler – 38
=12. Les Ferdinand – 39
=12. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – 39
=12. Emile Heskey – 39
11. Jermain Defoe – 41
=9. Robin van Persie – 42
=9. Ryan Giggs – 42
8. Dwight Yorke – 45
7. Andy Cole – 46
=5. Harry Kane – 48
=5. Sergio Aguero – 48
4. Thierry Henry – 59
3. Frank Lampard – 61
2. Wayne Rooney – 66
1. Alan Shearer – 68
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