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

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Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring against RB Leipzig

We’re now a good month into the 2021-22 season and it’s becoming clearer who will be at the top of the goalscoring charts come the end of the calendar year. 

It’s nearly three-quarters of the way through 2021 and it’s been an interesting mix of established superstars, ones to watch and less-heralded names across the Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and La Liga.

Not only that, but the two biggest names on the list made earth-shattering transfers across leagues over the summer.

Note: we’ve ordered this list in terms of goals-per-minute in instances where two players are tied on the same number of goals.

10= Simy 

Only four players in Serie A scored more goals in 2020-21 than Nigerian striker Simeon Nwankwo, aka ‘Simy’, who notched 20 goals from just 32 shots on target.

The 28-year-old forward was in the form of his life in the latter half of the campaign, notching 16 of those goals since the turn of the year. It wasn’t enough to keep Crotone in the top flight, however, and he’s since joined Salernitana on a season-long loan – but he’s yet to open his account for the newly-promoted outfit.

10= Luis Muriel

Europe’s most potent super-sub has scored 16 league goals in 27 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 74 minutes in Serie A, a ratio bettered only by (spoiler alert) Robert Lewandowski on this list.

8. Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe has kicked off the new season where he left off, notching four goals in his first six Ligue 1 appearances in 2021-22 so far, which takes his tally to 19 league goals for the calendar year.

You’d imagine that number will grow a lot higher with Lionel Messi added to the forward line at PSG, but somehow the pair are yet to score while on the pitch together. It’s very early days. And the sports betting sites and their odds show that anything other than a PSG whitewash in the French league’s this season would be extermely out of the ordinary.

7= Dusan Vlahovic

The giant 21-year-old Serbian has been linked to some of Europe’s biggest clubs since he’s turned into one of the most prolific centre-forwards around.

There’s little sign of Vlahovic slowing down either, with three goals in his first four Serie A appearances of 2021-22, taking his tally this year to 20.

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7= Cristiano Ronaldo

The top scorer of 2020 is unlikely to top the charts for a second year running, but don’t rule him out.

Juventus only just about managed to sneak into the top four last season, but even in an underperforming side, Ronaldo won the Capocapponiere award for Serie A’s top scorer for the first time – he scored 29 goals, five more than Scudetto winner Romelu Lukaku, 17 of which came in 2021.

He’s not shown any signs of slowing down at Manchester United, either, with three goals in his first two appearances back in the Premier League.

7= Andre Silva

It was no surprise that one of the Bundesliga’s big guns moved for Andre Silva’s signature, given how on fire he was during his time at Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Portuguese striker scored 28 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances for Eintracht last term, 19 of which came after the winter break. He’s since scored one in five since his summer move to RB Leipzig.

4. Karim Benzema

Benzema’s grand return to Les Bleus didn’t quite go as planned in the summer, with a shock round of 16 elimination to Switzerland. That came off the back of a disappointingly trophyless campaign for Real Madrid.

The lack of silverware can hardly be blamed on the striker, however, who seems to be ageing like a fine wine – he’s better than ever at the age of 33. His late match-winner against Valencia, which put Los Blancos back top of La Liga, was his 21st La Liga goal of 2021.

3. Lionel Messi

Messi has only two Ligue 1 appearances to his name so far, totalling just 100 minutes, but he’s yet to open his account following his mind-blowing move from Barcelona to PSG.

Even without a goal to his name in 2021-22, Messi remains third in this list – the Argentinian scored 23 La Liga goals for that severely dysfunctional Barcelona in the latter half of last season. Fair play.

2. Erling Haaland

Just the 24 goals for robot boy. Terrifying.

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland

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1. Robert Lewandowski

Having netted 31 Bundesliga goals in Bayern’s treble-winning 2019-20 campaign, Lewandowski scaled new heights last term to hit 41 goals – breaking Gerd Muller’s legendary record in the process.

He’s started off the 2021-22 season by scoring seven goals in five Bundesliga appearances – at the time of writing, he’s scored in 19 consecutive games in all competitions for Bayern, with 31 league goals in 2021.

The bloke’s a machine.


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