The top 10 goalscorers in Europe’s big five leagues: Lewy, Salah, Schick

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski

We’re approaching Christmas in Europe’s big five leagues and two names remain curiously absent: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo don’t make the top 10.

The two have consistently dominated the goalscoring charts in Europe for well over a decade, but they appear to be slowing down, while there are some exceptional young players stepping up to fill the void among some of the usual suspects.

Here are the top 10 goalscorers in Europe’s big five leagues – Ligue 1, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and the Premier League – so far in 2021-22.

10. Vinicius Junior

Arriving at Real Madrid as a teenager, Vinicius was undoubtedly a raw talent but there were question marks over his finishing ability and decision making in the final third.

The Brazilian scored just eight goals in 82 appearances across his first three seasons in La Liga, but he’s come on leaps and bounds under Carlo Ancelotti and is already up to 10 goals in 2021-22.

“Vinicius today showed a quality that I don’t think he’s ever shown before; it’s another step he takes to be one of the best in the world,” Ancelotti said after his Vinicius’ spectacular match-winner against Sevilla.

=7. Jonathan David

Canada are currently in possession of arguably their greatest generation of footballers and look set to reach the 2022 World Cup.

You’ll all be aware of Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies but Lille forward David is another Candidan making waves in European football.

After scoring 13 Ligue 1 goals last season, the 21-year-old has started this year on fire and has 11 goals to his name.

=7. Giovanni Simeone

Cholo’s son has tended to score his goals in batches this season. He’d only scored two goals in his first seven appearances for Verona this season, but he’s been on fire ever since scoring all four goals in a 4-1 victory over Lazio.

Both goals in a 2-1 win over Juventus followed shortly after, and the Argentinian recently added another couple in a 4-3 victory over Venezia, taking him up to 11 in total.

=7. Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund endured a difficult 2020-21 season, only securing Champions League football in the last few games and suffering the inconsistencies associated with fielding lots of young footballers.

Not Haaland though. The Norway striker scored 27 Bundesliga goals, plus 10 in Europe, and has already notched 11 goals in eight Bundesliga appearances in 2021-22.

He took just 50 games to reach 50 goals in the Bundesliga and is still just 21. Jesus.

READ: The fastest players to reach 50 goals in Europe’s big leagues since 2000

 =5. Patrik Schick

Schick shot to prominence with five goals for the Czech Republic at Euro 2020, including a stunning long-range strike against Scotland that was voted goal of the tournament.

The striker has maintained that impressive form at the start of 2021-22, scoring 12 goals in 11 Bundesliga appearances for Bayer Leverkusen.

He didn’t get a transfer off the back of his performances in the summer but Europe’s biggest clubs will surely be monitoring his form throughout the season.

=5. Karim Benzema

After scoring 23 goals in 34 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid in 2020-21, Benzema has taken his game up to another level this season.

The France international is currently the top scorer in La Liga with 12 goals in 15 appearances, two ahead of his team-mate Vinicius.

Benzema has also registered seven assists in La Liga and is averaging a direct goal contribution every 65.3 minutes. That’s Messi levels.

READ: Comparing Benzema’s start to 2021-22 to Messi’s best season at Barca

=2. Ciro Immobile

A European Golden Shoe winner in 2019-20, Immobile will be hoping to reclaim the crown after Robert Lewandowski stole the show in 2020-21.

Lazio have endured a mixed start to the season under new manager Maurizio Sarri, winning just seven of their opening 13 Serie A games.

But their club captain and all-time top goalscorer hasn’t let his standards slip, scoring 13 Serie A goals in 2021-22.

=2. Dusan Vlahovic

Fiorentina are currently vying for European qualification along with Juventus, Jose Mourinho’s Roma and Sarri’s Lazio, and their star striker has been the key to that so far this season.

Serbia international Vlahovic, 21, is one of the most in-demand strikers in Europe and it’s not difficult to see why. He’s scored 12 Serie A goals, including eight in his last six appearances.

=2. Mohamed Salah

Having lost out to Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane in the last two seasons, Salah has a third Premier League Golden Boot firmly in his sights.

The Egypt international has 13 goals in 15 league games in 2021-22, including a brilliant hat-trick in Liverpool’s 5-0 win against Manchester United. He also tops the Premier League assists chart with nine.

Salah is absolutely unstoppable right now.

1. Robert Lewandowski

The 2021 winner has carried his form over into this campaign – as we all knew he would.

After recording 41 Bundesliga goals for Bayern Munich last year, beating Gerd Muller’s long-standing club record, Lewandowski has scored 16 goals in 14 league appearances to date in 2021-22 and could yet go on to break his own record.

The Poland captain has also got nine in the Champions League and few would bet against him retaining this award for another season. 2022 Ballon d’Or incoming?

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