Luis Suárez ranked among the world's top scorers
Luis Suárez is already one of the five most effective strikers in the world. This weekend, after scoring the goal with which Atlético de Madrid defeated Alavés during the 28th LaLiga matchday (1-0), the Uruguayan reached 500 goals as a professional, a figure that only four other active strikers have reached or surpassed.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the top active scorer in the world with 770 goals, a record with which he has already surpassed Pelé as the top scorer in official matches, as the Brazilian scored 757 in 815 appearances, while the Portuguese reached 758 in 1,035 games. Ronaldo has played for Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, and the Portugal national team in more than 18 years of his career.
Next on the list is Lionel Messi, with 733. The Argentine also scored a goal in LaLiga matchday 28 in Barcelona's 1-5 thrashing of Real Sociedad, keeping him at the top of the Spanish scoring charts for the 2020-21 season (with 22 goals) and second in the world as an active scorer.
With less than 600 goals, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski rank third and fourth in the Top 5 active top scorers. Like Messi and Suarez, the Swede and the Pole also made their presence felt this weekend. Ibra is the fourth-highest scorer in Serie A with 14 goals, while Lewandowski reached 35 and is the Bundesliga's absolute leader (his closest rival is Erling Haaland, with 21).
At 34 years of age, Suarez entered the Top 5 this Sunday, March 21, thanks to the goal scored against Alaves, which also served to keep four points clear of Barcelona for the LaLiga title.
Suarez's 500 goals is divided as follows: 198 with Barcelona, 111 with Ajax, 82 with Liverpool, 63 with the Uruguay national team, 19 with Atletico Madrid, 15 with Groningen, and 12 with Nacional, the only team in his native country he has played for.
The world's top five active scorers are all over 30: Cristiano is 36, Messi 33, Ibrahimovic 39, Lewandowski 32, and Suárez 34, with a combined total of 3,083 goals.
The longest career belongs to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who debuted as a professional on September 19, 1999, so he will reach 22 years in active service in September 2021. The next was Cristiano Ronaldo, on August 14, 2002, while the 'youngest' to make his debut is Poland's Lewandowski, who did so on June 29, 2007. This means that he has scored more than 500 goals in less than 15 years in active service.
It is worth noting that the only one of these strikers to have played for only one team is Lionel Messi (plus goals for Argentina). Lewandowski has played with three (Lech Poznan, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayern Munich), Ronaldo with four (Sporting, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus), Suárez with six (Nacional, Groningen, Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona, and Atlético de Madrid), and Ibrahimovic with nine (Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, PSG, Manchester United, and Los Angeles Galaxy).