We’re talking Europe’s top ten leagues (plus European competition) and we are talking 2018. You have to get to 26th place before you find an Englishman in Harry Kane and his nine goals.
11) Florian Thauvin (Marseille): 13 goals in 2018
Yes, that Florian Thauvin. The Florian Thauvin who once in 16 games for Newcastle United has scored 13 goals in 17 games for Marseille in 2018. He has been nothing short of astonishing. And he could be back in the Champions League next season as Marseille are now just one point behind second-placed Monaco.
Florian Thauvin this season:
82 key passes
124 dribbles won
— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) April 21, 2018
10) Bafetimbi Gomis (Galatasaray): 13 goals in 2018
He is 32 years old and in the form of his life. No European football for Galatasaray (they lost in the Europa League qualifiers to bloody Ostersund) but they top the Turkish league thanks in part to 27 goals in 29 games for the Swansea reject. The man has found a home. That makes us happy. A goal every 77 minutes of football in 2018? Wow.
How many goals is that for Gomis? I’ve genuinely lost track
Galatasaray slaying Alanyaspor, 2-0 up before 20’ pic.twitter.com/8gvQr7IVpt
— Turkish Football (@Turkish_Futbol1) April 21, 2018
9) Luis Suarez (Barcelona): 14 goals in 2018
Remember when he looked finished in about October? He is absolutely not finished – as evidenced by 23 goals in 28 La Liga games. He finally scored a Champions League goal against Roma but was then as toothless as his teammates in the Italian capital.
8) Bas Dost (Sporting Lisbon): 14 goals in 2018
The big Dutchman has missed six games and still somehow reached 14 goals in 2018. Two of Sporting Lisbon’s three league defeats this season have come in the absence of the Dutchman, so he has basically cost them the title. Lazy bugger. Oh and what a stat this is…
Last night Bas Dost took a touch before scoring for the first time since March 2017!!!
Penalties – 12
Headed Goals – 27
First Touch Tap-Ins – 25
Actually Incredible😱 pic.twitter.com/AFAZYrl7xq
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) April 16, 2018
7) Jonas (Benfica): 15 goals in 2018
He has scored an astonishing 33 league goals this season and yet he has missed the last three games with injury, during which Benfica have relinquished top spot in the Portuguese league. So he has basically cost them the title with the back injury he suffered carrying this Benfica side.
6) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): 15 goals in 2018
Quite frankly, a goal every 63 minutes of Bundesliga and Champions League football in 2018 is mental. His consistency is nothing short of phenomenal. He might not be the sexiest signing Real Madrid could make this summer, but he is probably the one potential signing guaranteed to deliver goals.
BILD | Jupp Heynckes: "I am not afraid of Ronaldo because I have Lewandowski" pic.twitter.com/dhrbAoE45D
— Bayern mania (@Bayern_mania) April 24, 2018
5) Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid): 17 goals in 2018
Look who is timing things perfectly to seal a ridiculous wage from Barcelona. Not that he’s badly off now. After just seven goals in the first half of the season, the Frenchman has found fifth gear in 2018. His record for Atletico is now 109 goals in 204 games. Not bad, fella.
4) Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 17 goals in 2018
You may have heard of him. But he has not scored in his last three games, which is frankly embarrassing.
Today Mo Salah is as good as Messi. A couple of years ago Eden Hazard was as good as Messi. Before that Franck Ribery was as good as Messi. You know the only one who's actually as good as Messi?
— messiworldcup (@messiworldcup) April 24, 2018
3) Ciro Immobile (Lazio): 19 goals in 2018
The very much underrated Immobile (bought for a bargain £8.5m) is on course to claim the Italian top scorer crown for the second season. But while 2013/14 brought 22 goals, Immobile is already on 29 Serie A goals this season. Thanks to him, Lazio could feature in the Champions League next season for the first time in over a decade.
2) Mo Salah (Liverpool): 19 goals in 2018
A bloody sensation. He has scored a goal every 72 minutes of Premier League and Champions League football in 2018. Only Swansea and Manchester United have stopped him scoring. People are talking about the Ballon D’Or but this is April and he is still second on this list to a certain…
1) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 26 goals in 2018
Yes, that does say 26. 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, Getafe, Eibar, Girona, Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, PSG and Juventus. That is a goal every 57 minutes in 2018. The battle is truly on.
🔝 Top four scorers from the european elite:
🇪🇬 Salah – 43
🇵🇹 Ronaldo – 42
🇮🇹 Immobile – 41
🇦🇷 Messi – 40
— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) April 24, 2018
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