Jamie Vardy still some way off Lionel Messi's best La Liga scoring streak
Last Updated: 01/12/15 12:01pm
Jamie Vardy has broken the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games - but he'll have to keep finding the net until February to match Lionel Messi's incredible 21-game scoring streak.
The Leicester City striker made it 11 league games in a row with a fine finish against Manchester United on Saturday Night Football. That took him past Ruud van Nistelrooy's previous Premier League best.
However, Vardy still has some way to go to replicate the achievements of Barcelona's Messi.
In November 2012, Messi bagged a brace to help Barcelona to a 4-2 win at Mallorca. He then scored in each of his next 20 La Liga appearances before finally drawing a blank at Atletico Madrid in May.
Assuming he stays fit, Vardy can make it 21 in a row against Liverpool on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, and pass Messi's mark at Manchester City on Saturday, February 6.
During his run, Messi scored an incredible 33 times. He finished the season with 46 league goals, as Barcelona - under Tito Vilanova - racked up 100 points and won La Liga by 15 points from Real Madrid.
Vardy currently has 13 goals in his 11-game run and 14 in total this season.
If Vardy scores in Leicester's next game, away to Swansea on Saturday, he will pull level with Jimmy Dunne, who scored in 12 consecutive top flight games in England for Sheffield United in 1931/32.
He'd also surpass Gabriel Batistuta's 11-game streak - the best run in Serie A history. Gerd Muller's 16-in-a-row for Bayern Munich is the Bundesliga's longest run.
Stan Mortensen scored in 15 consecutive appearances for Blackpool in England's top flight in 1950/51.
In contrast, Cristiano Ronaldo's best-ever scoring streak was 10 in a row for Real Madrid between September and November last season.
Longest scoring streaks (league games)
|Player||League||Consecutive games scored in|
|Lionel Messi||La Liga||21|
|Stan Mortensen||First Division||15|
|Jimmy Dunne||First Division||12|
|Jamie Vardy||Premier League||11|
|Gabriel Batistuta||Serie A||11|