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Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle scoring at quicker rate than Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring his third and Newcastle's fourth goal of the game
Image: Dwight Gayle has 16 Championship goals this season

On-fire Newcastle ace Dwight Gayle is scoring at a quicker rate than Barcelona's Lionel Messi this season.

The striker, who is gearing up for the Magpies' 10 in 10 clash with Wigan in front of the Sky cameras on Wednesday, has scored 16 times in the Championship from just 1,282 minutes of game time. That works out as a goal every 80 minutes.

In comparison, La Liga top scorer Messi has netted 11 times in 934 minutes of action - meaning he converts every 85 minutes this season.

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Rafa Benitez has expressed his delight at the form of his £10m summer signing, saying: "He is a great finisher, he has good movement and he can make the difference."

As well as Messi, Gayle's conversion rate also puts him ahead of Premier League top scorer Diego Costa (12 goals at one per 110mins) and Italy's leading marksmen Edin Dzeko and Mauro Icardi (12 goals at one per 112mins and 120mins, respectively).

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Watch Dwight Gayle hit a hat-trick in Newcastle's 4-0 win over Birmingham in the Sky Bet Championship

However, the most devastating frontman across Europe's major leagues right now is Manchester United reject Radamel Falcao. The Monaco man has scored 10 goals in France's top flight from just 582 minutes on the field.

Fellow Ligue 1 forward Edison Cavani of Paris St-Germain has 16 goals at a rate of one every 72 minutes, while Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 15 times in the Bundesliga at a rate of one goal every 78 minutes.

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Here's how Gayle compares to some of Europe's top attackers…

Europe's most prolific scorers - selected players

Player Club League Minutes played Goals Minutes per goal
Radamel Falcao Monaco Ligue 1 582 10 58
Edison Cavani PSG Ligue 1 1155 16 72
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang B. Dortmund Bundesliga 1165 15 78
Dwight Gayle Newcastle Championship 1282 16 80
Lionel Messi Barcelona La Liga 934 11 85
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon Ligue 1 986 11 90
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid La Liga 941 10 94
Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Bundesliga 1194 11 109
Luis Suarez Barcelona La Liga 1090 10 109
Diego Costa Chelsea Premier League 1322 12 110
Edin Dzeko Roma Serie A 1340 12 112
Mauro Icardi Inter Milan Serie A 1440 12 120

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