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Monday, 4 August 2014

English Championship 7046's Top 25 League Goal Scorers


As the curtain of the 10th season in English Championship 7046 closes, it is time to take a look at who the game world's top league scorers of all time are. The table below has been divided into different categories; each one filled with different types of statistics of the top 25 league goal scorers to date. These statistics are entirely based on players in the top 25 league goal scorers table, and not on those outside of the table. There may (and most likely will) be players out there with more assists, and possibly even some with more MOTM Awards, than some of the players in the table, but this 'study' is based on the statistics of the top 25 league goal scorers entirely, and nobody else.

For example, Gareth Bale (who else would I choose?) currently has 166 league assists, which, when compared to the table below, would see him way out in front in the 'assists' category. However, as he has only scored 89 league goals, and the lowest goal scorer on the table has scored 100 league goals (let's just take this time to appreciate that nice, round figure), his assists statistic is not included in the table. Does everyone follow? I know you do, but what good 'study' doesn't come with a longwinded introduction?

Rooney in Red! 

So it's official: Wayne Rooney is the highest goal scorer in English Championship 7046 history to date. The Englishman, who has played for both halves of Manchester, as well as his current club Liverpool, has racked up an impressive 337 appearances in 10 seasons. During these appearances, he has also managed to assist 127 goals and collect 71 MOTM (Man of the Match) awards, which sees him out in front in both of those categories too. It's fair to say that the 28 year old should be considered one of the greatest players in 7046 history to date, as could the man in 2nd in the goal scoring table.

Whilst that man, Emanuel Adebayor, has scored ten goals less than Wayne Rooney, it is important to take into consideration that he has played 100 less games than him too. That's right, 100. One Hundred. That, in itself, is astonishing when you take into account the African's goal scoring, assists and MOTM stats, which surely has us all wondering whether or not he, himself, would be top of the goal scoring table instead of Rooney had be played the same amount of games as the Englishman. Let's be honest, with the sort of form he has produced over the first 10 seasons, it is highly unlikely that Adebayor would, hypothetically, score ten goals at the very most had he also featured in 337 games so far, but who can really call that until it actually happens? I'm afraid this table isn't based on hypothetical stats, but every credit goes to Tottenham's first two managers Ben Clifford and BaDa Boom, John Henry (currently of Bristol City where Adebayor plays his trade), and of course Anthony at Carlisle, whom Adebayor spent most of his time under in English Championship 7046, for getting the very best out of the four club man. The Togo international is sure to join Wayne Rooney in the 7046 history books, as will the likes of Robin Van Persie, Luis Suarez and Antonio Di Natale, etc.

A Familiar External Face

Remember Roman Pavlyuchenko? Remember how he dominated English football in his first few seasons at Bristol City, before being sold to Watford at the start of season four? Well, you certainly will now if you had forgotten about the Russian and his former glories. Sean O'Neil, known as many in 7046 as 'Shack', inherited Pavlyuchenko as part of his Bristol City squad in late 2010, although I doubt he, and anyone else for that matter, could have predicted just how much of an impact he would make. Under Shack, the 32 year old notched up an impressive 59 goals in just 67 appearances, which put Bristol City well on their way to Division One, and even helped them maintain their place in the division. We've heard of one season wonders plenty of times before, but this lad certainly wasn't one of those, and he will go down in the 7046 history books as one of the most surprise packages to date.

What is he doing now, I heard you ask? Well, Pavlyuchenko is living life on the edge in the potentially future war zone that is Russia. Unlike most fellow 30+ year old footballers, who opt for a more chilled out life in countries like Australia and America before retiring, the Russian returned home during season 8 to sign for Lokomotiv Moscow, although perhaps regrettably so now. Dare anyone take a chance on the 86 rated player in hope of rekindling his form in England? Only time will tell.

With 127 overall league goals in 7046 (in England), Roman Pavlyuchenko is ranked joint 12th in the goal scoring table. 

The Not-So-Mediocre Middle

Coming mid-table is always seen as a good achievement. Well it is, at least, if you are aiming to finish in mid-table or are overachieving in doing so. So, with that in mind, I think it goes without saying that some of the names in the middle of the table can be proud of their accomplishments, as can their managers, both past and current.

As one of only two non-forwards to make the goal scoring table (along with Andres Iniesta - it's an achievement to even be mentioned in the same breath in itself), Mousa Dembele is a player that can do a bit of everything. If he's not assisting players from just behind the strike force or deeper in midfield, the Belgian is netting goals for his current club Walsall and their manager Tony Harman, and in abundance at that. It's not hard to see why Harman holds the talisman in such high esteem, following comments he made that suggested he thought Dembele would be in this table. Well, Tony, he is, and he's well up there at that. It's also worth pointing out that he is one place above, and one goal better off, than Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Much like being mentioned in the same breath as Iniesta, that is an accomplishment in itself.

Joining Moussa Dembele and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the half way mark are Danny Welbeck (another surprise package), Kevin Kuranyi (another one...) and Bojan Krkic (...and again), etc.

High Scoring at the Bottom

This table proves that being in 'last' place, or those places just above last, isn't always something to be embarrassed about. It perhaps goes to show how much of a great game world English Championship 7046 is when the 25th highest league goal scorer has netted 100 times! You're sure to be happy if you're a fan of betting on each team to score with the amount of goals that have built 7046's legacy.

The likes of Stefan Kiessling, Stevan Jovetic and midfield maestro Andres Iniesta, etc. make up the final third of our goal scoring table.

I'm afraid that is all, boys and girls. I have to say I thought writing this out was a lot more fun than first imagined, as was the research that went into doing the table, so I hope you found reading (or just looking at the tables) enjoyable.


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