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Top nine players with most league goals scored in 2023

Published at :January 8, 2024 at 1:42 PM
Modified at :January 13, 2024 at 11:34 AM
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As we dive into another thrilling football season across Europe, the spotlight is on the goal machines who are lighting up the big five leagues with their scoring prowess. The race for the coveted European Golden Shoe is heating up, and the contenders are leaving no stone unturned to etch their names in the annals of football history.

Here we take a look at the top nine players with the most league goals scored in Europe’s big five leagues in 2023:

9. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool (24 goals)

Burnley vs Liverpool Mohamed Salah Premier League
Salah scored 24 league goals in 2023

Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian King, continues to be a shining beacon for Liverpool, despite the team’s overall performance. With 24 league goals to his name, Salah was the standout performer for the Reds last season. Jurgen Klopp will once again look to the prolific forward to propel Liverpool to greater heights. Salah’s ability to score goals in crucial moments makes him an indispensable asset for the Merseyside club.

8. Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon (24 goals)

The return of Alexandre Lacazette to Ligue 1 has been nothing short of spectacular. The former Arsenal striker has excelled with his goal-scoring form, helping Lyon secure a mid-table finish last season. Although not as prolific this campaign, Lacazette remains the captain and a crucial figure for Les Gones. Lyon finds themselves in deep relegation trouble, and they will be relying on Lacazette to lead from the front and secure crucial goals in their bid for survival.

7. Victor Osimhen – Napoli (24 goals)

Napoli‘s Nigerian forward, Victor Osimhen, continues to be a relentless force in Serie A. Instrumental in Napoli’s Serie A triumph last season, Osimhen’s pace, physicality, and lethal finishing make him a constant threat to opposition defenses. With 24 goals to his name, Osimhen is poised to play a pivotal role in Napoli’s title defense, showcasing his goal-scoring prowess in Italy’s top tier.

6. Serhou Guirassy – Stuttgart (24 goals)

While Serhou Guirassy might not be a household name yet, the Guinean international has taken the German top flight by storm. On loan from French side Rennes, Guirassy has been a revelation, consistently finding the back of the net. With 24 goals and a knack for goal-scoring, Guirassy has become a key player for Stuttgart, leaving an indelible mark in his first full season in the Bundesliga.

5. Lois Openda – RC Lens/RB Leipzig (25 goals)

RB Leipzig has a knack for producing world-class forwards, and Lois Openda is the latest gem to emerge from their ranks. The Belgian forward, who completed a summer move from Lens, has seamlessly integrated into the Bundesliga. With 25 goals to his name, Openda is not only attracting attention but also living up to the high standards set by his predecessors. His goal-scoring exploits are a testament to the rich attacking tradition of RB Leipzig.

4. Erling Haaland – Manchester City (29 goals)

Erling Haaland
Haaland is on course for a consecutive Premier League Golden Boot

Erling Haaland‘s name is synonymous with goal-scoring excellence, and his move to Manchester City last season only intensified his reputation. The Norwegian striker, who snatched the Golden Shoe from Robert Lewandowski last year, continues to live up to the lofty expectations at his new club. Averaging a goal in almost every game, Haaland is on course for a consecutive Premier League Golden Boot, reaffirming his status as one of the most prolific forwards in European football.

3. Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan (29 goals)

The Argentine World Cup winner, Lautaro Martinez, has emerged as the main marksman for Inter Milan, showcasing an insatiable appetite for goals. Despite Inter’s failure to retain Romelu Lukaku, Martinez has stepped up to the plate and proven himself as a force to be reckoned with in front of goal. With 29 goals to his name, Martinez is a key player in the Nerazzurri’s quest for glory both domestically and in Europe.

2. Kylian Mbappe – PSG (34 goals)

Kylian Mbappe PSG vs Monaco
Kylian Mbappe has established himself as one of the most lethal forwards in the game

The French sensation, Kylian Mbappe, has been a goal-scoring sensation since his move from Monaco in 2017. With an average of 24 goals per season, Mbappe has established himself as one of the most lethal forwards in the game. Last season, he fell just short of the 30-goal mark in Ligue 1, and this year, he’s determined to make amends. With 34 goals already to his name, the PSG forward is giving serious competition to his rivals as he sets his sights on the European Golden Shoe.

1. Harry Kane – Tottenham/Bayern Munich (38 goals)

England’s talismanic captain, Harry Kane, has silenced his doubters with a sensational display of goal-scoring prowess in the heart of Germany. Having made a high-profile move to Bayern Munich, Kane is determined to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Robert Lewandowski. With an impressive tally of 38 goals, he stands on the brink of becoming the second player to chase Gerd Muller’s iconic 40-goal mark in the Bundesliga. Kane’s ability to find the net consistently makes him a formidable force in the race for the European Golden Shoe.

In this another thrilling season of European football, the battle for the Golden Shoe intensifies. The top nine goal-scorers in Europe’s big five leagues are not just players; they are artists, weaving intricate tales of skill, precision, and sheer determination. Each goal is a brushstroke on the canvas of football history, and as these players continue to find the back of the net, they etch their names in the annals of the beautiful game. The race for the European Golden Shoe is far from over, and these goal machines are set to create more magic on the pitch in the coming weeks.

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