Jamie Vardy has been in sensational form for Leicester City this season as the club that struggled to stave off relegation last season, comfortably sits atop the Premier League standings in what has so far been one of the most open title races in recent memory.
Vardy’s knack for scoring goals saw him break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of netting in ten consecutive games during his time at Manchester United. The Dutchman’s streak was a record for the Premier League, and fittingly, Vardy overtook the former Netherlands international by scoring his 11th goal against the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Here is the video of all the 13 goals scored by Vardy in 11 games, courtesy of Youtuber – Bodya Martovskyi
However, Vardy failed to stretch the record to 12 games as he drew a blank against Swansea last weekend. As a consequence, the record for scoring in most consecutive games in the English top flight remains with Stan Mortensen of Blackpool. The former England international holds the record with 15 strikes in the 1950/51 season. Mortensen’s heroics could only see his side finish third as Tottenham Hotspur took home the title and Manchester United finished second.
The prolific Argentina and Fiorentina forward Gabriel Batistuta holds the record for longest goalscoring streak in Italian Serie A with 11 games in the 1994/95 season. Batistuta is one of the greatest players to have donned the famous violet strip of Fiorentina, and his 26 goals in the 1994/95 season saw him win the Capocannoniere, although La Viola couldn’t finish any higher than tenth that season.
The legendary Germany international Gerd Muller holds the Bundesliga record for scoring in consecutive games at 16 in the 1969/70 season when he went on to score in each game from match day 6 to 21st. However, Muller’s goal couldn’t secure the title for Bayern Munich, who finished four points behind Borussia Monchengladbach.
Across all the major European leagues, Lionel Messi takes the cake when it comes to scoring in successive games with his 21-game scoring streak in the 2011/12 season for Barcelona. The Argentine went on to score 46 goals that season and helped the side win the league title comfortably ahead of arch rivals Real Madrid.