Pre­sent­ing, the world’s Statis­tics re­veal David Villa is soc­cer’s most pro­lific hit­man

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WHO is the best hit­man in world soc­cer to­day... and more im­por­tantly, how is it de­cided?

In­stead of opin­ion or ask­ing the ex­perts, World Soc­cer mag­a­zine opted to an­a­lyse the facts... and let the goals do the talk­ing.

They looked at all goals scored over the past four sea­sons, as well as this year’s cam­paign up to the first week in Oc­to­ber. That time frame took in a World Cup, Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship, Copa Amer­ica and two African Na­tions Cups.

Goals have been weighted to take into ac­count greater im­por­tance for those scored in Euro­pean and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, and the lesser im­por­tance at­tached to goals in do­mes­tic cup com­pe­ti­tions.

League goals have also been given a weight­ing, with goals scored in Europe’s lead­ing five leagues – Eng­land, Italy, Spain, Ger­many and France – re­ceiv­ing two points each.

Here are the top 20 strik­ers.

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