Stats prove our Ash is deadlier than Ronaldo

Ash Hunter celebrates his late winner
Ash Hunter celebrates his late winner
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Fleetwood hotshot Ash Hunter is statistically better than Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo ... yes, you just read that right!

Hunter, 21, netted his ninth of the season to seal Town’s thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over Shrewsbury on Tuesday.

It was his seventh goal from the bench and Hunter’s super-sub heroics have left him with best goals-per-minute ratio in League One. And he is statistically more lethal than Ronaldo, Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Poacher Hunter is almost managing a goal a game, having rippled the back of the net nine times in 981 this season – that’s a goal every 109 minutes.

Ronaldo might have lifted Euro 2016 with Portugal but he lags behind Hunter, averaging a goal every 124 minutes.

Only Barcelona supremo Lionel Messi (71), Manchester City’s Sergio Augero (101) and Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle (87) have a better goals- per-minute ratio.

And with three assists too, Hunter is either creating or scoring a goal every 81 minutes. Speaking after tying him to a three-year deal, Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley praised Hunter’s “God-given talent” for scoring goals.

Pilley said: “His goals per minute ratio is exceptional. I’d be very surprised if anyone in League One has a better ratio over the last 18 months.

“He is a player we have really high hopes for. He has clearly got something.

“I think he has a special talent to score goals. He is a remarkably good finisher and we think he has a great future in the game.

“I am convinced the more we work with him the better he will get because he has a God-given talent to score goals.

“He is someone who gets the crowd on the edge of their seats. He is a fan favourite and that is why we are delighted he has committed himself for such a significant period of time to the club.”