The top scorers in Europe’s big five leagues in 2020: CR7, Haaland, Messi

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It’s been a strange year in football – but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the players who’ve clearly not let it affect their form in front of goal.

Twelve players this calendar year have reached a baker’s dozen of goals, despite the stop-start nature of events.

We’ve taken at the top 8 goalscorers in Europe’s big five leagues since January.

8= Five players

Gerard Moreno, Andrej Kramaric, Duvan Zapata and Danny Ings have the honour of being grouped alongside Lionel Messi with 13 league goals in 2020.

While the inclusion of Messi is perhaps not surprising, special praise should be reserved for Kramaric. The Croatia international has averaged a goal every 78 minutes for Hoffenheim.

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7. Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian has proven his social media critics wrong in Italy, equalling Ronaldo’s 1997-98 record of 34 goals in a season.

11 of those came in Serie A matches in the second half of the campaign and Lukaku has already notched another three goals this term.

6. Mohamed Salah

Still Liverpool’s main source of goals, Salah has recorded 15 goals during this calander year as Liverpool finally ended their long wait for the Premier League title.

Highlights have included a hat-trick in a rollercoaster win over Leeds and the last-minute clincher against Manchester United in January that confirmed the belief that Liverpool might not let this one slip.

5. Francesco Caputo

A player we’re not going to pretend we know a great deal about, Caputo has bagged 16 goals in 2020 for Sassuolo in Serie A.

The 33-year-old has spent the majority of his career in Serie B but joined Sassuolo in 2019 after two prolific campaigns at Empoli, firing them to promotion before bagging 16 goals in his first full Serie A season.

Having scored 21 goals last season, Caputo is already on three for the current campaign.

4. Erling Haaland

Haaland’s 17 Bundesliga goals for Borussia Dortmund in 2020 have been scored at a quite frightening rate of one every 78 minutes.

That’s not to mention the 16 league goals in 14 appearances for RB Salzburg over the first half of last year’s campaign.

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3. Ciro Immobile

Serie A’s leading goalscorer last season with 36, Immobile has scored 20 times at a rate of one every 107 minutes in 2020, although it was not enough to stop Lazio falling away in the title race.

Happily, Immobile will have the opportunity to play Champions League football this season.

2. Robert Lewandowski

Twenty goals in 17 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich, who, surprise surprise, claimed the title to add to their Champions League crown.

That averaged out at a goal every 74 minutes, the highlight of which was his four against Hertha Berlin in September 2020 – including a last-minute match-winning penalty.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo’s form over the first half of last season came somewhat under scrutiny, with a solid yet unspectacular return of 10 goals.

Since the turn of the year, he’s clicked into gear, bagging 24 times for Juventus in Serie A at a rate of a goal every 78 minutes to sit top of the goalscoring charts alongside Ciro Immobile.

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