Some usual suspects kept banging in goals through the course of the year.

Football as a sport saw a lot of ups and downs in the year 2020. However, despite the topsy turvy year that it was, some players continued to thrive. There were many individual players that kept up their form throughout the year despite the lockdowns and phases where there was no football being played.

Be it in front of the fans in the early stages of the year, or behind closed doors, these players remained unfazed and continued to score plenty of goals for their respective clubs.

Here are the top ten players that scored the most number of goals in the calendar year of 2020 in the top five European leagues:

Lionel Messi – 19

Lionel Messi has had an eventful year to say the least. His potential exit from FC Barcelona dominated the headlines more than his on the field contribution. While Messi created a record for most assists in a Spanish La Liga season in the 2019/20 campaign, he managed 19 goals only in the whole of 2020, which is reflective of the club’s performances as well.

Francesco Caputo – 19

Sassuolo’s prolific striker Francesco Caputo has had an incredible year in the Italian Serie A. The striker is performing consistently well at 33-years-old and has racked up 19 goals in the calendar year. In the ongoing season of the Serie A, the centre-forward has already scored six goals and made four assists in nine overall league appearances.

Kylian Mbappe – 19

Paris Saint-Germain’s superstar, Kylian Mbappe also scored a total of 19 goals in the year 2020. Some might say that this tally is less than what the Frenchman is truly capable of. While Mbappe has suffered from an inconsistent phase a few times in the year, he was crucial to PSG’s march into the UEFA Champions League finale, where they unfortunately lost the eventual winners, FC Bayern Munich.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 20

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been in scintillating form in the latter part of the year for AC Milan and has been the leading goalscorer in the Serie A scoring charts during the 2020/21 campaign. Having scored a total of 20 goals in 2020, the Swede has been central to Milan’s resurgence in the league. The 39-year-old has scored 10 goals in merely six league appearances.

Romelu Lukaku – 22

Romelu Lukaku is always amongst the goals and has continued to contribute for his current employers in Inter Milan. The striker scored a total of 22 goals in 2020 and was central to Nerazzurri’s title challenge last season, when they missed out on the trophy to Juventus by a single point. In the ongoing season, Lukaku scored 11 goals in 13 appearances for the club.

Mohamed Salah – 23

Mohamed Salah has been the driving force behind Liverpool’s domination of the Premier League and was crucial in them lifting their first Premier League trophy ever. The Egyptian scored a total of 23 goals in the calendar year, and has scored 13 of his goals in merely 15 league appearances for the Reds.

Erling Haaland – 23

Erling Haaland continues to baffle the world with his incredible goal scoring feats at such a young age. He is quickly becoming one of the most sought after strikers in Europe. He moved to Borussia Dortmund in January 2020 and went on to score 23 goals for the club in the German Bundesliga alone. Overall, he has scored 33 goals and made six assists in 32 games for BVB.

Ciro Immobile – 28

Ciro Immobile scored 36 goals in the 2019/20 season to finish as the Serie A top scorer for Lazio. The Italian carried his form into the ongoing 2020/21 campaign, scoring nine goals in 12 appearances. The striker is third on the list of top scorers in 2020, with 28 strikes to his name.

Robert Lewandowski – 32

Robert Lewandowski has been widely claimed to be the best footballer in 2020 and received plenty of awards for his performances throughout the year. He was central to FC Bayern Munich’s 30th Bundesliga title. In the ongoing 2020/21 season, the Polish striker has already scored 17 goals in 12 appearances for the outfit.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 33

Top of the rankings and the player to have scored most goals in 2020 is Cristiano Ronaldo. Even at 35-years-old, the Portuguese superstar cannot stop scoring for his current side, Juventus FC. In the Serie A 2020/21 season, Ronaldo has already scored 12 goals in 10 games, taking his overall tally for the year to 33 goals, narrowly beating Robert Lewandowski by a single goal.

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