Goals are football’s currency, but whether the true art of football is in scoring them or stopping them, is down to personal taste.
There can be nothing more exciting than a game littered with various types of goals scored by both teams, and a penchant for attacking play often overrides the desire to see a couple of solid defensive displays on each side.
Teams scour the transfer market looking for goal scorers, and some of Europe’s top clubs will pay huge sums of money to bring the best attacking talent to their club.
“0-0 is the perfect result,” said the late Annibale Frossi, one of a growing band of Italian football thinkers at the time who believed goals were over-rated. “It is the expression of total balance between the attack and the defence.”
Nowadays it seems that the perfect result is somewhere along the lines of 6-5, and with this in mind we looked at which of the European leagues deliver the best entertainment in terms of goals per game.
With help from the CIES Football Observatory each league is ranked in terms of its goal scoring quantity, and there are some surprising results.
Is this down to the quality of the attackers on show, or merely the lack of quality in defence?
We’ll leave that up to you to decide.