The 2022-23 season has now come to its conclusion and one player in particular blew the rest of the competition out of the water when it came to the European Golden Shoe race.
It’s still taking time to get used to not seeing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s names here. Messi has turned into more of a provider at PSG, topping the assists charts, while Ronaldo scored just one Premier League goal before departing for Saudi Arabia.
But fear not – there are still plenty of familiar names, alongside a few surprise packages, in the top goalscorers from the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga.
Note: where two players are tied on goals, we’ve put them in order of their best minutes-per-goal ratio.
10. Folarin Balogun – 21
The Arsenal loanee has had a brilliant spell in Ligue 1 with Reims.
His coolly-taken last-gasp equaliser against PSG was one of his finest moments from this campaign. The future looks very bright indeed for Mikel Arteta’s Gunners, doesn’t it?
9. Lautaro Martinez – 21
A World Cup winners medal and a prolific season in Serie A, it’s not been a bad year for Martinez has it? Things could get even sweeter yet for the Argentine forward if Inter Milan can cause an upset in the Champions League final.
His tally of 21 league goals is his joint-best return in front of goal. Averaging a goal every 122 minutes this season is some going from the 25-year-old.
8. Lois Openda – 21
The Belgian forward has looked sharp during his debut season for Lens. Openda’s goals almost clinched the Ligue 1 title too as Lens finished just one point behind PSG.
7. Robert Lewandowski – 23
The Polish forward was always going to be a hit in La Liga, wasn’t he? One of the finest forwards of his generation, Lewandowski doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon.
Lewandowski’s goals have been just as important to Barcelona’s La Liga triumph as their impenetrable defence. The 34-year-old has averaged a goal every 124 minutes in La Liga.
6. Jonathan David – 24
The Canada international has enjoyed his best goalscoring season to date. With several Premier League sides sniffing around the 23-year-old, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the move this summer.
5. Victor Osimhen – 26
Pretty much every top European club is chasing Osimhen’s signature right now. The 24-year-old claimed the Serie A Golden Boot with his 26 strikes and it’s easy to see why he is so highly sought after.
Forming a formidable partnership with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, the duo guided Napoli to their first league title since 1989–90. A remarkable season for the frontman.
4. Alexandre Lacazette – 27
After looking out of ideas towards the end at Arsenal, Lacazette has looked like a player reborn this year. The 32-year-old became Lyon’s all-time top scorer this season, notching his 160th goal for the club in total.
3. Kylian Mbappe – 29
One of the best forwards in the world, Mbappe looks set to dominate these goalscoring lists for years to come.
The electric French forward has now won the Ligue 1 Golden Boot for the past five consecutive seasons which is absolutely ridiculous.
His brace against Lille back in February was particularly tasty. Mbappe’s goals carried PSG to their 11th league title and you won’t find many players better than the Frenchman in Europe right now.
2. Harry Kane – 30
In any regular season, 30 Premier League goals would usually be enough to at least secure the domestic Golden Boot, but Kane just missed out thanks to a certain Norwegian robot.
Despite Tottenham’s struggles this year, Kane has been at his clinical best. Matching his best-ever scoring tally from 2017–18, the England skipper has been on fire this year.
1. Erling Haaland – 36
The Norwegian is already the fastest player to reach 50 goals in a major European league from his time at Borussia Dortmund, but he’s well on course to obliterate his own record.
Thirty-six goals in his debut Premier League campaign. One every 77 minutes. The boy’s an absolute monster.
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