Top ten in-form goalscorers: Europe’s best in 2018

Date published: Wednesday 28th February 2018 12:00

We’re talking Europe’s top ten leagues (plus European competition) and we are talking 2018. No sign of any Englishmen…


10) Moussa Marega (Porto): Eight goals in 2018
Then Malian has already notched 20 goals in Liga NOS this season (thanks to a double against Portimonense at the weekend), though he made no impact when Porto met Liverpool in the Champions League. He was linked with a January move to Tottenham; there were times during Sunday’s 1-0 drudge against Crystal Palace when they might have wished they had acted.


9) Lionel Messi (Barcelona): Eight goals in 2018
You may have heard of him. This weekend he scored twice against Girona and threw in a bonus assist to become the leading assist-maker in La Liga history. He was already the leading scorer in La Liga history. Greedy sod. Don’t believe anything you read about this man slowing down.


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8) Florian Thauvin (Marseille): Eight goals in 2018
A hat-trick against Ligue Un whipping boys Metz has boosted his figures, but there’s no doubt that the Newcastle flop has once again found phenomenal form in the south of France. He is Marseille’s top scorer this season despite playing largely from the right.


7) Bas Dost (Sporting Lisbon): Eight goals in 2018
The big Dutchman has missed four games through injury and still somehow reached eight goals in 2018. That’s what back-to-back hat-tricks can do. He is still only 28 so there is still plenty of time for Bas Dost to join a mid-table Premier League club. #prayforStoke


6) Jonas (Benfica): Nine goals in 2018
A veritable machine…Jonas now has 115 goals in 146 games for Benfica. He has 27 league goals already this season, putting him way ahead of Dost and Marega (both on 20) in the Liga NOS charts. All those goals and there isn’t a chance of a World Cup call-up from Brazil.


5) Neymar (PSG): Nine goals in 2018
Neymar may or may not be stuck on those nine goals for some time, depending on whose account you believe. What you can absolutely believe is that Neymar would swap five or six of those Ligue Un goals (starting with his foursome v Dijon, perhaps?) for one goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League. Nobody wins a Ballon d’Or for scoring four goals against Dijon.


4) Luis Suarez (Barcelona) Ten goals in 2018
Remember when he looked finished in about October? He is absolutely not finished – as evidenced by ten goals in his last eight La Liga games. “Suarez is a top quality striker. He can score from places you don’t think are possible and he always makes the difference,” says Philippe Coutinho. He should know.


3) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City): Ten goals in 2018
His four goals against Leicester City eased him past the 20-goal mark in the Premier League for the fourth successive season. Just wow. Obviously he could not find a way past Wigan (you can’t have everything) but he did add a Carabao Cup final strike we’re not even counting here. A goal every 62 minutes in the Premier/Champions League in 2018, is it? Decent.


2) Ciro Immobile (Lazio): Ten goals in 2018
A goal every 59 minutes sounds bloody brilliant until you realise that he netted four against SPAL and three against Bucharest. Still, you can only beat what is in front of you and Immobile is on course to both a) finish the season as Serie A top scorer and b) take Lazio back to the Champions League. Not bad for an £8.5m signing.


1) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 12 goals in 2018
He is 33. How can this even be possible? Just when you think it’s all over, he drags himself to his feet and scores goals against Deportivo, Valencia, Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Alaves and of course PSG. He was rested against Espanyol and Real promptly lost 1-0. Silly Zizou.

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