We are talking the big five leagues and we are talking combined goals and assists. It’s worth noting that the world-class Romelu Lukaku is on 19 – along with Kylian Mbappe and Sergio Aguero – so just misses this list…
10) Mo Salah (Liverpool): 14 goals, six assists = 20
The sense that it’s ‘not quite his year’ looks ridiculous in the face of the numbers, though it’s worth noting that he is not exceeding his xG for the first time since he arrived at Liverpool. That’s presumably why Charlie Adam said he would ‘get rid’ for Kylian Mbappe.
9) Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco): 16 goals, four assists = 20
So good this season that Barcelona reportedly made a £67m move for a striker who will turn 30 in August. That would have almost doubled Monaco’s money on the Frenchman who is single-handedly trying to drag them back into Europe.
[#L1🇫🇷] Le classement des buteurs
1- Ben Yedder🇫🇷 : 16 ⚽️
2- Mbappe🇫🇷 15 ⚽️
3- Neymar🇧🇷 13 ⚽️
3- Dembele🇫🇷 : 13 ⚽️
5- Diallo🇸🇳 : 12 ⚽️
5- Osimhen🇳🇬 : 12 ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/NjXJuYPlmv
— Football today (@Footbal12822588) February 9, 2020
8) Jamie Vardy (Leicester City): 17 goals, four assists = 21
No goals in 2020 in the Premier League for Vardy, who is somehow still on course to win the Golden Boot (mostly because Sergio Aguero has missed a fair whack of football).
7) Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City): seven goals, 15 assists = 22
More assists than anybody else across Europe, the Belgian would be a shoo-in for the PFA Player of the Year if only his Manchester City side had not been trounced in the title race. In his sights is Thierry Henry’s record of 20 PL assists in one season.
6) Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus): 20 goals, two assists = 22
Quietly scoring a metric f***-tonne of goals in Italy, with 15 goals coming in his last ten Serie A games for Juventus. He had seven shots as Juventus lost 2-1 to Verona this weekend.
Messi has only 4 goals in 2020 but his fans are hiding behind assists to cover the shame
Assists actually depend on the ability of your teammates. Messi’s assists are a result of his teammates finishing
Whereas look at the state of Ronaldo’s teammatespic.twitter.com/hgiL3GV41V
— CR7 Rap Rhymes (@cr7raprhymes) February 10, 2020
5) Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund): 12 goals, 13 assists = 25
An Englishman who can play for England! And he is just as good as Lionel Messi! Whoop-de-bloody-doo. And look at the balance on those numbers – just beautiful. He only needs one more assist this season to match last year’s pretty impressive numbers. Remarkably, he is still only 19.
4) Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 14 goals, 11 assists = 25
Just the hat-trick of assists against Real Betis on Sunday night then. Stands in a small, elite group with Sancho and Angel Di Maria in hitting 20 goals and 20 assists over the last three seasons.
💯 After his hat-trick of assists, Messi stays 🔝 of the assist rankings! 🎩 pic.twitter.com/GujAvY1k5o
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) February 10, 2020
3) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): 22 goals, three assists = 25
Should score a goal a game according to xG and pretty much does score a goal a game. Remarkably, he is in course to claim his eighth Bundesliga title in ten years, having already claimed his eighth 20-goal haul.
2) Timo Werner (RB Leipzig): 20 goals, six assists = 26
Liverpool are about to sell everybody to buy Timo Werner apparently, which makes some kind of sense while simultaneously making no kind of sense at all. It’s far more likely that Werner will join Bayern Munich, if they’re not put off by his current three-game goal drought.
1) Ciro Immobile (Lazio): 25 goals, six assists = 31
Nobody rates him and yet he has scored more league goals this season than Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Watford and Norwich. Thanks largely to Immobile and Luis Alberto, Lazio are actually in the Serie A title race.
Ciro Immobile has already hit 25 league goals this season.
No player has scored more after 22 matches in Serie A’s history 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KHp9tiOaPG
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 2, 2020