The 10 players with the most goals & assists in Europe in 2022
There are a host of prolific goal scorers across Europe’s top five leagues, with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo breaking records in recent years.
But which players have provided the most goal contributions – goals and assists combined – in Europe’s big leagues in 2022?
With a new generation of stars coming through, and some unexpected names ranking highly, we’ve taken a closer look.
Note: only domestic top-flight games in Europe’s big five leagues – in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – are counted. Where players are tied on goals and assists combined, we’ve put them in order of who scored more goals.
10. Martin Terrier – 28
No, Terrier doesn’t play for Huddersfield (arf) but Rennes.
The forward was actually linked with a move to Yorkshire in the summer, with Leeds United said to be interested, but he’s ended up staying put at the Ligue 1 club.
If he can maintain this form (20 goals, eight assists in 32 Ligue 1 appearances in 2022) next year, don’t be surprised if he gets a big move in 2023.
9. Wissam Ben Yedder – 28
Given his form in 2022, and France’s injuries, Monaco striker Ben Yedder can perhaps consider himself a little unfortunate to’ve missed out on Didier Deschamps’ squad for Qatar.
The 32-year-old notched 22 goals and six assists in 32 Ligue 1 appearances in 2022. Only PSG’s all-star front three registered more goal contributions in the French top flight this calendar year.
And there's the hat-trick!!
Ben Yedder gets his third of the afternoon making it 4-0 to AS Monaco! 💫 pic.twitter.com/0VrtpZMf1T
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 2, 2022
8. Kevin De Bruyne – 30
Just the 13 goals and 17 assists from 31 Premier League appearances in 2022 for De Bruyne.
He was the best player in England last season and has been every bit as good in 2022-23 so far.
7. Lionel Messi – 32
The Argentinian’s debut season at PSG was – dare we say it – actually kind of ordinary.
But after adapting and shaking off the nasty after-effects of Covid, Messi started to show he’s not done just yet in the final weeks of PSG’s Ligue 1-winning 2021-22 season.
And the 35-year-old has been nothing short of astonishing since the summer. He’s notched seven goals and 10 assists in 2022-23 so far, taking his tally to 32 Ligue 1 goal contributions for the calendar year. Nobody has assisted more than his total of 20.
And he certainly continued that form into the World Cup.
6. Neymar – 35
Neymar’s 2022 may have ended inauspiciously – he left the World Cup in tears and was sent off for diving on his return to action for PSG – but the world’s most expensive player offered us all a reminder of quite how good he can be when he’s fit and firing.
With 21 goals and 14 assists from just 27 Ligue 1 appearances in 2022, it’s safe to say that Neymar has enjoyed lining up alongside Messi and Mbappe.
5. Harry Kane – 35
England’s captain spent the first half of the 2021-22 season looking in something of a malaise after he failed to force a move away from Tottenham.
That long wait for silverware continued in 2022, but Kane well and truly kicked on, producing some of his finest football to date.
The 29-year-old was talismanic as Tottenham pipped north London rivals Arsenal to a top-four finish with stunning form in the latter half of 2021-22. Unlike his team-mate Son Heung-min, he’s maintained that form in the first half of the 2022-23 campaign so far.
Twenty-six goals and nine assists from 37 Premier League appearances is an exceptional return.
4. Erling Haaland – 35
What’s truly remarkable about Haaland featuring so high in this list is that he missed a fair bit of gametime for Borussia Dortmund in the latter half of the 2021-22 campaign.
Had he been fit and available throughout the full year, he might’ve been pushing the top spot.
Twenty (–!) of his goals and three of his assists have come in just 14 Premier League appearances since moving to Manchester City in the summer.
3. Christopher Nkunku – 37
People spoke about what a shame it was that N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema missed France’s bid to retain the World Cup, but rising star Nkunku was a massive loss for Les Bleus.
A knee injury on the eve of the tournament kept him out of playing a role in Qatar. He scored 25 goals and notched 12 assists in just 32 Bundesliga appearances for RB Leipzig in 2022.
Chelsea have got a hell of a player on their hands.
2. Robert Lewandowski – 37
One of two different players on this list to represent two different clubs, Lewandowski took no time at all to prove he could turn it on in a different league.
Since leaving Bayern Munich in the summer, the Poland international has been firing Barcelona’s La Liga title charge.
Thirteen of his 29 league goals and four of his eight assists in 2022 have come for the Catalan club in 2022-23 so far.
Robert Lewandowski WINS IT in stoppage time! 😱
Barcelona break Valencia hearts at the death 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/ekQXI3I5Nt
— Viaplay Sports UK (@ViaplaySportsUK) October 29, 2022
The year of 2022 was utterly ridiculous for Mbappe.
Not only was he far ahead of the rest of the pack in terms of goals and assists (32 and 15 respectively) in Europe’s major leagues, but he picked up the Golden Boot at the World Cup, almost singlehandedly dragging France to the trophy in Qatar, having scored a hat-trick in the final.
And in his final appearance of the year, he dispatched an injury-time match-winning penalty for PSG. We can only imagine what he’s capable of in 2023.