Where does Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio rank among the world’s best distance shooters?

Real Madrid, Marco Asensio (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Marco Asensio (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid, Marco Asensio
Real Madrid, Marco Asensio (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images) /

4. Marco Asensio

“Here comes the money, here comes the money!”

Marco Asensio of Real Madrid makes it to the top 5 of the world’s best distant shooters currently and rightly so. The Spaniard is one out of the handful of players who have practically carried Real Madrid’s attack this season. Obviously, he does not match the level of Benzema and Vinicius right now and he has also had his fair share of criticism but it cannot be denied that his services have been extremely crucial in snatching away points when the team dearly needed it – all thanks to his exceptional long-range goals.

The latest salvation from Asensio’s boots came when he scored an out-of-the-box long-time-coming goal in the 74th minute against Granada to rescue Real Madrid from a usual embarrassment against lower strata teams.

Notwithstanding his horrendous injury in 19/20 that kept him off the pitch for almost the entire season, the 25-year-old has shown no apathy in scoring stunning distant shots. Asensio also reigns over the tally of most goals scored from outside the box (4) than any other La Liga player this season.

Continuing with the ongoing season’s statistics, out of about 40 shots taken, the winger-midfielder preserves an on-target accuracy of a fine 48%, way above any of the previous names on the list. (The highest on-target accuracy is 37% by Hakim Ziyech)

Easily, Marco Asensio is fairly ahead of the contenders he has left behind.

3. Leroy Sane

Former Manchester City star and German international Leroy Sane has always been on and off the charts but if there is one thing that majorly defines his career, it is his finesse and calibre to bag far-sighted goals. Be it at the English club or his current home in Munich, Sane cannot stop scoring goals from extreme distances.

The 26-year-old’s style is simple but effective. His high pace and dribbling skills capacitate him to run past the most physically affluent defenders, hardly engaging in tackles. At Bayern, they see him as a literal replacement of Arjen Robben which I assume befits his genius.

Sane has managed to bag 5 goals from positions out of the box (averaging 1.5 distant shots per game) this season, undeniably the best of which was his delightful strike against Dynamo Kyiv scored from an angle nobody could think of taking a shot.