Plenty of the usual suspects make their way into the top 10 highest scorers in 2023-24, but there is also room for some surprise inclusions on the list.
We’re midway through the campaign and many of the usual suspects feature towards the top end of the goalscoring charts, although there are some surprise packages in place of high-profile absentees like Barcelona and Manchester United.
We’ve taken a closer look at these sides and have ranked the 10 highest-scoring teams in Europe’s top five leagues in 2023-24.
=9. Tottenham – 51 goals
Ange Postecoglou has transformed Spurs from sullen shells under Antonio Conte into daring delights this season, as the north London club sit happily in fourth place in the Premier League. The good times are coming back, Tottenham fans…
=9. Newcastle – 51 goals
Eddie Howe’s Magpies have endured a strange old season. They sit underwhelmingly in midtable and are out of the League Cup and Champions League, but they’ve beaten PSG, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Aston Villa – and are among the top-scoring clubs in Europe.
Their 8-0 mauling of Sheffield United showed they can be a force to be reckoned with on their day, while they’ve also put four past Chelsea, Villa and Luton.
Enough positives to keep Howe safe for now, you’d reckon.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 25, 2023
=9. PSG – 51 goals
Those who watched Luis Enrique set PSG up with a wildly attacking 4-2-4 formation away to Newcastle in the Champions League will not be surprised to see they’re Ligue 1’s top scorers by a street.
Lionel Messi and Neymar have departed and been replaced by Randal Kolo Muani, Goncalo Ramos and Ousmane Dembele. It’s taken some time for their new-look attack to start clicking, but recent months have shown glimpses that they could be a frightening prospect.
WHAT A GOAL FROM DEMBELE! 💥 pic.twitter.com/yowk8H54Yj
— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) November 24, 2023
=7. Real Madrid – 52 goals
Following the departure of Karim Benzema in the summer, Jude Bellingham has taken the responsibility of becoming Real Madrid’s main goalscoring threat.
In the league alone, the 20-year-old has 16 goals which is a superb return considering he is technically a midfielder. Even Joselu has been among the goals of late.
=7. Girona – 52 goals
We’re over halfway through the La Liga season and Girona, remarkably, sit second in the table, just two points behind Real Madrid but comfortably ahead of Atletico and Barca.
The Catalan minnows are enjoying a ridiculously good season, only losing twice to table-topping Madrid. Spanish football’s top-scoring side have looked so complete that some in the media have asked whether they might be capable of doing a Leicester.
Whether they do it or not, Girona are a wonderfully watchable team. Appointment viewing.
6. Arsenal – 53 goals
Six goals at West Ham at the start of February have catapulted Arsenal into this season’s list, having spent much of 2023-24 looking ineffective compared to last season’s free-wheeling attackers.
In fact, Mikel Arteta’s side look a more rounded outfit than 12 months ago and we wouldn’t be surprised if they went on a Champions League run this spring.
=3. Bayer Leverkusen – 55 goals
Xabi Alonso has done a terrific job since taking charge at Bayer Leverkusen. He joined the club in October last year when they were sat in the relegation zone and then guided them to an unbelievable 6th placed finish.
The German outfit have gone to the next level this season and smashed Bayern Munich in their last outing. They remain unbeaten across all competitions and sit top of the Bundesliga table.
It’s no wonder Liverpool are sounding out Alonso as Jurgen Klopp’s potential successor.
=3. Inter Milan – 55 goals
The Nerazzurri currently top Serie A and they also lead the way for the most goals scored in the Italian top flight – having scored 19(!) more goals than title chasers Juventus. The highlight of their season so far was undoubtedly their 5-1 thumping of AC Milan at the San Siro.
In the absence of Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko, Lautaro Martinez has stepped up to the plate as Inter’s main man and has scored 19 goals so far.
=3. Liverpool – 55 goals
Last term was the worst full season of Jurgen Klopp’s reign at Anfield but they’ve come roaring back in 2023-24. They sit top of the Premier League table, having suffered just two defeats, and remain in all three of the cup competitions.
Questions remain over Klopp’s best line-up, particularly in attack, but star man Mohamed Salah remains as potent as ever. Even with Salah away at AFCON, their other forwards have been able to pick up the slack.
2. Manchester City – 56 goals
It will come as no surprise that Man City have been one of the most prolific sides in Europe this year once again. Pep Guardiola’s side scored 94 league goals last season and they are currently projected to beat that tally this season.
Both Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne are back fit and firing and all signs point to City gearing up for one of those title-defining, outrageously relentless winning runs.
1. Bayern Munich – 59 goals
It’s not taken long for Harry Kane to have an impact at his new club.
The England captain is the front-runner for the European Golden Shoe, and has already scored more goals than any player managed in the entirety of last season.
But there are goals throughout this Bayern team, with the likes of Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman and Jamal Musiala chipping in with a healthy number.
Fifty-nine goals is a terrifyingly strong return from just 21 games played – but will it be enough to overhaul Leverkusen?