The top 10 scorers in Europe’s big five leagues in 2021: Lewandowski, Messi…

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We’re now well into the 2020-21 season across Europe’s top five leagues and some of football’s best goalscorers are starting to really hit their stride. 

Since the turn of the year, there’s an interesting mix of names in the scoring charts of the Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, La Liga and the Premier League, featuring some of the usual suspects alongside surprise challengers.

Here’s who does make the list of top scorers since January 1. Note: we’ve ordered this list in terms of goals-per-minute where two players with the same number of goals are tied, so the likes of Harry Kane, Lorenzo Insigne and Gerard Moreno (all on 12 goals) just miss out on cracking the top 10.

10. Luis Muriel

Europe’s most potent super-sub has scored 12 league goals in 21 appearances for Atalanta since the turn of the year, the majority of which have come off the bench.

In 2021, the Colombian averages a goal every 75 minutes in Serie A, a ratio bettered only by (spoiler alert) Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi on this list.

9. Kylian Mbappe

Manchester City were a little fortunate in the Champions League semi-final that a knock stopped Mbappe from being at his unstoppable best.

The Frenchman failed to register a shot on target in the first-leg defeat, and was an unused substitute at The Etihad, at stark odds with his lethal form in Ligue 1: 13 goals in his last 16 appearances.

8. Karim Benzema

The French striker encapsulates Real Madrid’s knack of reaching top form at the business end of the season.

Benzema has scored 11 goals in his last 10 La Liga appearances, with crucial goals against title rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, taking his tally to 13 league goals in 2021 so far.

READ: After nine years in the shadows, Benzema is shining in Real’s spotlight

7. Cristiano Ronaldo

The top scorer of 2020 has made another solid goalscoring start to this calendar year.

Despite the disappointment of Juve’s Champions League exit and underwhelming title defence, Ronaldo has still managed 15 goals in 20 Serie A appearances in 2021. That includes a late brace against Udinese in a 2-1 victory that was vital for the Old Lady’s hopes of a top-four finish.

At 36, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

6. Dusan Vlahovic

The giant 21-year-old Serbian has been in the form of his life for Fiorentina since Christmas, with an almost identical goals-per-minute ratio to Ronaldo in Serie A in 2021.

No wonder he’s being linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

READ: All you need to know about Dusan Vlahovic, Liverpool’s Haaland back-up

5. Erling Haaland

The laboratory-made Haaland has plundered 15 goals in 18 appearances since the turn of the year – which is actually a downturn on his previous rate of scoring.

His form, including four in the Champions League against Sevilla, has led many pundits to label the Norway striker as the next goalscoring giant of world football.

With Borussia Dortmund stuttering in the Bundesliga, Haaland may well be on the move this summer.

4. Simy 

Among the more unheralded names on this list, Crotone’s Nigerian striker Simeon Nwankwo, aka ‘Simy’, has been in the form of his life in 2021 so far.

The 28-year-old forward has scored 15 goals in his last 20 Serie A appearances – that’s more than three-quarters of his total tally in the second half of the campaign.

3. Andre Silva

The 25-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt forward has already hit a career-best tally of 25 league goals so far this season, which has been crucial in firing the club to challenge Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund for a top-four finish in the Bundesliga.

Silva has been in particularly phenomenal form of late, with 16 goals in 17 Bundesliga appearances in 2021. The star at the top of Adi Hutter’s Christmas tree formation.

2. Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski won’t manage to beat his mind-blowing 55 goals in Bayern’s treble last season, but he looked on track to do so before suffering an injury whilst away on international duty in March.

With 36 Bundesliga goals in 2020-21, he’s still eight ahead of anyone else in Europe’s top five leagues, maintaining that lethal streak with 20 goals in 15 games for Bayern since the turn of the year. That’s one every 63 minutes.

Chasing down Gerd Muller’s all-time Bundesliga record, the Poland international can still have ambitions of beating the German legend’s best single-season tally of 40 league goals.

He’s returned from his injury lay-off and scored on his first game back, which means he needs five more goals in the last three games. You wouldn’t bet against him, would you?

1. Lionel Messi

After his contract dispute in the summer, Messi looked a little off-colour in the first few months of the season.

For the first time in over a decade, the Argentinian’s radar was askew, peppering shots at goal as ever but struggling to find the target with seven goals in 14 appearances before the turn of the year.

He’s looked a lot more like his old freakish self in 2021 so far, with 21 goals in 18 La Liga appearances, averaging one every 73 minutes and keeping Barcelona right in the mix for the league title.

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