Christopher Nkunku has developed into a full France international and bona fide world-beater at RB Leipzig. - © /
Christopher Nkunku has developed into a full France international and bona fide world-beater at RB Leipzig. - © /

Christopher Nkunku: The RB Leipzig and France star's Bundesliga career in numbers


Since landing in the German top-flight in the summer of 2019, Christopher Nkunku has flourished at RB Leipzig, culminating in the France international collecting 2021/22 Bundesliga Player of the Year honours. looks at the numbers behind Nkunku's stunning performances at the Red Bull Arena...

2 - Nkunku has scored two direct free kicks in the Bundesliga this season and four across his time so far in the German top flight.

5 - The 25-year-old has given Leipzig a 1-0 lead on five separate occasions this term; only four players have done so more for their club across the entire division in 2022/23.

4 - Only Werder Bremen forward Niclas Füllkrug (8) and Schalke's Marius Bülter (5) have scored more goals in the final quarter-hour of Bundesliga matches this season than Leipzig's French star (4).

1 - Nkunku has taken four Bundesliga penalties in a Leipzig shirt and converted three of them. His only failed attempt came in the 4-0 win over Bochum on Matchday 8 of the current campaign. It's his only miss in six competitive attempts from the spot, excluding shoot-outs.

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9 - Known as a club for their dangerous counter-attacks, Nkunku very much fits the Leipzig mould and has scored nine Bundesliga goals on the counter since joining Die Roten Bullen.

10.5 - On average, Nkunku covers 10.5 kilometres (6.5 miles) every 90 minutes of Bundesliga football. In 2022/23 alone, that number stands at 10.1 kilometres (6.2 miles) per game.

13 - With 13 league goals after 30 rounds of matches, Nkunku is the Bundesliga's joint-second top scorer in 2022/23. He has tallied his in just 21 appearances, fewer than those tied with him and leading scorer Füllkrug (16 goals, 26 games).

13 - In 2021/22, the France international laid on 13 assists for his teammates.

23 - In total, Nkunku averages 23 tackles per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga.

25 - His 25 Bundesliga goals across the 2022 calendar year were the best in the Bundesliga and set a new club record for Leipzig.

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33 - His 33 goal involvements (25 goals, eight assists) in 2022 were also a Bundesliga best across the calendar year, outstripping Bayer Leverkusen's Moussa Diaby (23) in second-place by 10 goals.

35 - In the 2021/22 campaign, Nkunku (35 goals in all competitions) surpassed Timo Werner’s 34-goal 2019/20 club best.

24 - He has scored 24 percent of all RBL goals in 2022/23 thus far.

59 - Nkunku has had more shots (59) than any other Leipzig player other than Dominik Szoboszlai, and made the fourth-most passes (29) that led to shots from his teammates in the squad.

48 - Leipzig's chief goal-getter certainly isn't afraid of hard work and, on average, he wins 48 percent of his tackles.

52 - Nkunku averages 52 touches of the ball per top-flight appearance across his entire Bundesliga career, while in 2033/23 he's on the ball 44 times every game.

77 - The former Paris Saint-Germain forward has been involved in 77 goals (44 scored, 33 assists) in 115 Bundesliga appearances.

85 - On average, Nkunku completes 85 percent of his passes per 90 minutes of Bundesliga football. In 2022/23, that number currently sits at 84 percent.

93 - As a Bundesliga player, Nkunku has either scored or provided an assist every 93 minutes. This term he does so every 110 minutes.