We are talking top ten UEFA nations – so no Scotland – and we are talking league and European goals. These are the best of the best over the calendar year…
10) Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 17 goals
A goal every 129 minutes of football puts him in exactly the same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo, who is a decade older and playing rather less football in 2019. Sterling is now England’s darling as well as one of the main men at City, though he had a rare off day against Norwich on Saturday and could not add to his five-goal haul from this nascent season. Which is a shame because City have now lost the title.
9) Bruno Fernandes (Sporting) – 18 goals
Another goal-every-129-minutes man, you may remember Fernandes from a whole summer of ‘Man Utd close to Fernandes’ headlines. Thankfully for Manchester United, they eventually swerved a player who has already scored three goals and created four more in the first five games of the season. Why would they need him when they have Jesse Lingard?
Bruno Fernandes for Sporting CP:
93 G+A. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/e6M1xNcwJh
— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) September 15, 2019
8) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 19 goals
He ended last season with 40 goals in all competitions and already has eight this season, with seven coming in just four Bundesliga games. He is a machine. An entirely unlovable machine.
7) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 20 goals
Imagine being Aubameyang, merrily scoring all of the goals and then watching as your teammates undo all your good work with clusterf*** after clusterf***. “We are literally giving goals to the opposition,” he said after the 2-2 draw with Watford that left them staring at some pretty damning statistics.
Most goals in the Premier League since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s debut in February 2018:
🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah (39)
🇬🇦 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (37)
🇦🇷 Sergio Aguero (32)
At the double against Watford. pic.twitter.com/WGl3AY4LYK
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 15, 2019
6) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 20 goals
It’s one hell of a redemption song. The Frenchman looked finished at the highest level but since the return of Zinedine Zidane in March, he has scored 12 La Liga goals in 13 games. Zidane recently described him as “the best No.9 in the world” and right now, it is hard to disagree. Though there are still five more men on this list…
5) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 21 goals
While Mo Salah has managed only a paltry 15 goals in 2019 (one every 171 minutes), the real star of the Liverpool show has been Mane with a strike every 121 minutes this year. He was relentless in the run-in last season and has picked up the baton again with four goals in the opening weeks of this season. Liverpool have not lost a single game in which Mane has scored in 2019.
Sadio Mane becomes the first player in @premierleague history to play 50 home games for one club without defeat 🔥
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 14, 2019
4) Haris Seferovic (Benfica) – 21 goals
The Swiss striker was in the form of his life as Benfica romped to the Portuguese title last season, with 19 goals in 17 games after the turn of the year. This season has not started quite so impressively, but he has just become a father for the first time, so we will forgive him a little slump.
3) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – 22 goals
A brilliant, brilliant footballer, but there’s no doubt that these numbers would mean more if he was racking them up in England or Spain; a hat-trick in a 9-0 win over Guingamp leaves us a little cold. It’s a massive shame that injury keeps him out of this week’s stellar Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
MOOD 😒😒😒😒 pic.twitter.com/CPS3fH97us
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) September 15, 2019
2) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 23 goals
Seven goals in five games already this season; how the hell does he keep getting better and better at the age of 31? And who scores hat-tricks against Arsenal and Chelsea? Quite simply a phenomenal goalscorer who we probably will not quite appreciate until he is gone.
1) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 27 goals
Just a goal every 75 minutes. That’s all. In 2018 he scored a goal every 78 minutes and in 2017 it took him an embarrassing 94 minutes to score every goal. He is 32 and apparently getting more potent. And he easily tops this list of goalscorers in 2019 without actually kicking a ball this season. For f***’s sake.