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Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal-scoring exploits know no bounds, and one of his biggest sources of goals over the years have come from headers.

Ronald has registered the most headed goals in the 21st century with 111 goals coming off his head. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has always been a big threat in the air and has scored 29 game-winning goals through headers.

Luuk de Jong is the second player with the most headed goals in the 21st century. The Dutchman, currently plying his trade with FC Barcelona, has for long been considered an unorthodox striker but when it comes to set-pieces, de Jong is a threatening presence that must be marked tightly in the box.

The Netherlands forward has scored 82 goals through headers with 23 of those helping his team in a match-winning cause.

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski’s prolific scoring rate is often not measured by his ability to convert goals via set-pieces, but in recent seasons, the Polish attacker has shown his propensity to score headed goals.

Lewandowski is third on the list for most headed goals in the 21st century with 80 headers, out of which 18 of them were deemed as match-winners.

Fernando Llorente has headed in 75 goals in his career and comes in fourth on the list for players with the most headed goals in the 21st century. Not many tall players have been clinical finishers with the head, but Llorente has scored a little over half of his career goals from headers with as many as 21 of them being winning goals.

Radamel Falcao completes our top five list for players with the most headed goals in the 21st century. The Colombian has scored 71 headed goals and 22 of them have been in a match-winning effort.

Most headed goals in the 21st century

Player Goals
Cristiano Ronaldo 111
Luuk de Jong 82
Robert Lewandowski 80
Fernando Llorente 75
Radamel Falcao 71

Author: William Paul

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