We’re now well into the 2020-21 season across Europe’s top five leagues and some of football’s best goalscorers are starting to really hit their stride.
Since the turn of the year, there’s an interesting mix of names in the scoring charts of the Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, La Liga and the Premier League, featuring some of the usual suspects alongside surprise challengers.
Here’s who does make the list of top scorers since January 1. Note: Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic and Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne have scored 12 goals, but just miss out on our top 10 due to a lower minutes-per-goal ratio.
10. Harry Kane
In spite of Tottenham’s struggles this season, Kane is among the frontrunners for any Premier League Player of the Year awards, given he tops the competition’s charts for both goals (21) and assists (13).
England’s captain has scored 12 goals in 15 Premier League appearances since the turn of the year.
9. Youssef En-Nesyri
One thing Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla have lacked over the past 18 months has been a reliable centre-forward. Luuk de Jong, for example, has looked more like the player he was at Newcastle than the prolific goalscorer he was for PSV in the Eredivisie.
That’s all changed in recent months, with Moroccan forward En-Nesyri in the form of his career with 12 goals in 18 La Liga appearances since the turn of the year, scoring at a more prolific rate per minute than Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland.
He’s already scored two La Liga hat-tricks in 2021 so far, with all six of Sevilla’s goals in wins over Real Sociedad and Cadiz. Monchi has unearthed another gem.
8. Gerard Moreno
Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno is making a strong case to be Spain’s No.9 at Euro 2020 this summer, approaching the tournament in much better form than Leeds United’s record signing Rodrigo Moreno and Juventus striker Alvaro Morata.
He’s scored 12 goals in 13 La Liga appearances in 2021 so far, averaging a league goal every 86 minutes. And this isn’t including his six goals in the knockout stage of the Europa League. Only Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi have scored more goals in all competitions.
Hi, we are Villarreal. Disgusted Real Madrid, Atletico, and Barcelona fans welcome.
We have Gerard Moreno.
— Villarreal USA (@VillarrealUSA) April 18, 2021
7. Cristiano Ronaldo
The top scorer of 2020 has made another solid goalscoring start to this calendar year.
Despite the disappointment of Juve’s Champions League exit and underwhelming title defence, Ronaldo has still managed 13 goals in 18 appearances in 2021.
At 36, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
6. Erling Haaland
The laboratory-made Haaland has plundered 13 goals in 17 appearances since the turn of the year – which is actually a downturn on his previous rate of scoring.
His form, including four in the Champions League against Sevilla, has led many pundits to label the Norway striker as the next goalscoring giant of world football.
With Borussia Dortmund stuttering in the Bundesliga, Haaland may well be on the move this summer.
Among the more unheralded names on this list, Crotone’s Nigerian striker Simeon Nwankwo, aka ‘Simy’, has been in the form of his life in 2021 so far.
The 28-year-old forward has scored 13 goals in 18 Serie A appearances – that’s more than three-quarters of his total tally in the second half of the campaign.
4. Karim Benzema
The French striker encapsulates Real Madrid’s knack of reaching top four at the business end of the season.
Benzema has scored 11 goals in his last nine La Liga appearances, with crucial goals against title rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, taking his tally to 13 league goals in 2021 so far.
3. Andre Silva
The 25-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt forward has already hit a career-best tally of 24 league goals so far this season, which has been crucial in firing the club to a probable top-four finish ahead of Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund.
Silva has been in particularly phenomenal form of late, with 15 goals in 16 Bundesliga appearances in 2021. The star at the top of Adi Hutter’s Christmas tree formation.
2. Lionel Messi
After his contract dispute in the summer, Messi looked a little off-colour in the first few months of the season.
For the first time in over a decade, the Argentinian’s radar was askew, peppering shots at goal as ever but struggling to find the target with seven goals in 14 appearances before the turn of the year.
He’s looked a lot more like his old freakish self in 2021 so far, with 18 goals in 15 La Liga appearances, averaging one every 70 minutes.
Lionel Messi with a BEAUTY from outside the area! 😍
Pinpoint accuracy as it clipped the inside of the post on the way in 💥 pic.twitter.com/OwuwZDx3iW
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) February 13, 2021
1. Robert Lewandowski
It now looks unlikely that Lewandowski will beat his mind-blowing 55 goals in Bayern’s treble last season, but he looked on track to do so before suffering an injury whilst away on international duty in March.
With 35 Bundesliga goals in 2020-21, he’s still 10 ahead of anyone else in Europe’s top five leagues, maintaining that lethal streak with 19 goals in 14 games for Bayern since the turn of the year.
Chasing down Gerd Muller’s all-time Bundesliga record, the Poland international can still have ambitions of beating the German legend’s best single-season tally of 40 league goals. He’s returned from his injury lay-off and scored on his first game back, which means he needs four more goals in the last three games. You wouldn’t bet against him, would you?