NATIONS - Memphis the machine gun: attacker stays ahead of Ronaldo
Memphis Depay was again of great value to the Dutch national team with two hits against Gibraltar on Monday evening. The 27-year-old attacker broke a record: in 2021 he was good for fourteen hits, the highest number of goals ever for a Dutchman in one calendar year. In the World Cup qualifying cycle, Memphis is shooting at it for the time being.
The FC Barcelona attacker fired 48 shots in the qualifying cycle and also brought a teammate into scoring position 45 times. For example, in the first eight games of the new battle for a World Cup ticket, he was involved in no fewer than 93 opportunities. This puts him well ahead of all other players in the qualifying series. He is involved in an opportunity every 11.6 minutes every 90 minutes.
Memphis remains close pursuer and compatriot Steven Berghuis well ahead. The Ajax player was involved in fifty chances in the series. Number three in the standings is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese phenomenon is narrowly ahead with 43 chances Eran Zahavi (41), Dusan Tadic and Serge Gnabry (both 38).
With his 35th goal, Memphis was level with Ruud van Nistelrooij and Faas Wilkes this week, while the gap to number four Dennis Bergkamp and Arjen Robben is only two goals. All-time top scorer Robin van Persie scored fifty goals in his international career.