Europe’s top scorers in 2017 featuring Lukaku and Lacazette

Date published: Thursday 9th November 2017 6:14

As an aside, Cristiano Ronaldo has 16 calendar year league goals in 2017. Simone Zaza has 15. This list includes Europe’s top ten leagues only…

 

Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus): 21 goals (in 30 games)
He might have been dropped from Jorge Sampaoli’s last couple of Argentina squads as La Albiceleste scraped into the 2018 World Cup, but Higuain is maintaining his fine form at club level. Only three players have scored more goals in Serie A this season, each of whom appear on this list.

 

Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan): 21 goals (in 28 games)
Such as Mauro Icardi. Another Argentinean shining in Italy, the striker has scored almost half of Inter Milan’s 23 league goals so far. Not bad to say that a spokesman for the club’s ‘Ultras’ insisted “Icardi the player is dead to us” last October after controversial comments the 24-year-old made in his autobiography.

 

Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon and Arsenal): 21 goals (in 27 games)
His agent
has moved to quell fears over his happiness at Arsenal, and being benched against Manchester City and Liverpool has threatened to cast a cloud over a positive year for the Frenchman. Only two other Premier League players feature in the top 20 for league goals in 2017.

 

Bafétimbi Gomis (Marseille and Galatasaray): 21 goals (in 24 games)
He is still doing his weird goal celebration, but most impressive is the fact that Gomis is still scoring goals wherever he goes. He scored 20 Ligue Un goals on loan with Marseille after leaving Swansea last summer, and has 11 in as many games for Galatasaray this season.

 

Romelu Lukaku (Everton and Manchester United): 22 goals (in 30 games)
Which means Bafétimbi Gomis has one fewer goal than Romelu Lukaku this calendar year. The Belgian struck 22 times from January to September for Everton and Manchester United, but has not scored a single goal in October or November thus far.

 

Edin Dzeko (Roma): 23 goals (in 30 games)
If dominating Chelsea’s defence both home and away within the space of a fortnight was not enough to suggest Edin Dzeko is still a wonderful striker, his efforts on the domestic scene for Roma should do it. He is in the midst of a similarly barren run to Lukaku, with no goals in his last five Serie A games, but he had seven in the previous six.

 

Falcao (Monaco): 23 goals (in 25 games)
Of Radamel Falcao’s 38 shots on target in Ligue Un in 2017, 23 have resulted in goals. Of Radamel Falcao’s 26 shots in Ligue Un this season, 13 have resulted in goals. Sixty-eight players have had more shots in Europe’s top five leagues this season, yet only one has scored more goals. A 50% conversion rate really is a bit silly.

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund): 25 goals (in 28 games)
“I’m sure he’ll be successful again,” said Robert Lewandowski of his main Bundesliga goalscoring rival earlier this week. Aubameyang has ten goals in 11 league games for Borussia Dortmund this season; he’s hardly bloody struggling.

 

Vágner Love (Alanyaspor): 26 goals (in 26 games)
If you ever find yourself contemplating the existential meaning of life, take a second and trawl through the list of the Turkish Süper Lig’s top goalscorers. A list topped by Adis Jahovic of Göztepe also includes the aforementioned Gomis, one-time Champions League stalwart Burak Yilmaz, Everton legend Arouna Kone, Samuel Eto’o, Emmanuel Adebayor and Ryan Babel. And towards the top of that particular mountain of names is Vágner Love, with 26 goals in as many league games in 2017 at the age of 33.

 

Jonas (Benfica): 26 goals (in 27 games)
Alanyaspor and the Turkish Süper Lig found Love in a hopeless place, but Benfica found a reliable brother in Jonas long ago. The Brazilian has scored 78 goals in 91 league games since joining the Portuguese club aged 29 in September 2014. But the proudest moment of his career was surely playing for Brazil against Scotland. Craig Levein’s Scotland.

 

 

Dries Mertens (Napoli): 27 goals (in 31 games)
From 2013/14 to 2015/16, Dries Mertens played 140 games for Napoli, scoring and assisting a combined 66 goals. From 2016/17 to the current day, Mertens has played 64 games for Napoli, scoring and assisting a combined 68 goals. If only someone had noticed he might make a decent centre-forward before last summer.

 

Ciro Immobile (Lazio): 28 goals (in 29 games)
Having lived up to his surname upon his move to Borussia Dortmund in summer 2014, many may have thought that Ciro Immobile’s chance had been and gone. But home is where the heart is, and his struggles in Germany have been banished with each goal upon his return to Italy. With 14 in 11 games for Lazio in Serie A this season, he is the top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues.

 

Harry Kane (Tottenham): 29 goals (in 27 games)
Premier League calendar year goals in 2017:

Manchester City – 79
Tottenham – 73
Chelsea – 62
Arsenal – 58
Liverpool – 53
Manchester United – 48
Everton – 47
Leicester – 40
Bournemouth – 36
Watford, West Ham – 35
Stoke – 32
Southampton, Swansea – 31
Harry Kane – 29
Burnley – 28
West Brom – 27
Crystal Palace – 25

Congratulations to Harry Kane on single-handedly avoiding a goals-based relegation.

 

Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain): 30 goals (in 30 games)
Perhaps the most unheralded member of Paris Saint-Germain’s three-pronged attack is its most prolific. Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are both joint-25th on a list of Europe’s top league scorers in 2017, with 16 goals. Edinson Cavani has almost matched their combined output.

 

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): 30 goals (in 28 games)
With regards to pure strikers, Lewandowski still rules the roost. The Bundesliga’s top scorer in two of the last four seasons is already leading the race early on this season, and is now 11th in a list of the league’s all-time top scorers. He is not the highest-scoring active player however. Viva Claudio Pizarro.

 

Bas Dost (Sporting Lisbon): 34 goals (in 30 games)
Hands up who expected Bas Dost to be the closest challenger to Lionel Messi’s calendar year brilliance? Quite how the Dutchman has never played in the Premier League is a mystery, with his career incomplete until he disappoints at either Newcastle or Stoke before leaving six months into a four-year deal. But the 28-year-old is more than happy to embarrass Portuguese defences for now, with 42 goals in as many league games since joining Sporting in summer 2016.

 

Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 37 goals (in 32 games)
That there are no other La Liga representatives on this list should tell you all you need to know about a player who continues to excel while his contemporaries struggle. A reminder that Gareth Southgate did not rank him in the top three players in the world this year.

 

Matt Stead

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