Top-five scorers in Europe right now: Serie A hitman trailing Bundesliga superstar for number one spot
Posted: 10 December 2018 Time: 20:00
With nearly half the season under the belt, the European leagues are starting to take shape. KickOff.com takes a look at the top-five most prolific forwards.
5. Kylian Mbappe – 14 goals
Mbappe, 19, lifted the inaugural Kopa award, which ranks as the U-21 Ballon d'Or honour.
Widely tipped as the next superstar to dominate world football. the Ligue 1 star is already making a good account for himself.
He's played 15 games so far this season and has already scored 14, this after playing an integral role in the 2018 FIFA World Cup triumph with France.
4. Neymar – 15 goals
Leading Mbappe with just one goal is his team-mate Neymar.
The Brazilian superstar has clearly displayed his vast superiority to those in Ligue 1 since his world-record move from FC Barcelona last year.
In 18 fixtures this season, the 26-year-old scored 15 times.
3. Lionel Messi – 17 goals
Messi made a mockery of the fifth-placed finish in the 2018 Ballon d'Or with an incredible individual display against Espanyol this weekend, scoring two direct free-kicks in the 4-0 win.
The five-time winner of football's most coveted prize now has 17 goals from 17 games so far this season and looks well poised to reclaim his crown next year - judging by his current form.
2. Krzysztof Piatek – 17 goals
The Genoa hitman was arrived in Serie A in the off-season as an unknown quantity from Polish top-flight side Cracovia despite his 21-goal haul as the Ekstraklasa top-scorer for 2017/18.
However, his blistering start to life in Italy since his €4 million switch has seen many tip the 23-year-old as the perfect man to lead Poland once Robert Lewandowski retires.
With 17 goals from 17 games, only one forward has more goals than him and, ironically, it is none other than…
1. Robert Lewandowski – 19 goals
Bayern Munich might have been struggling in the league this season but they would have been deeper in the quagmire had it not been for Lewandowski.
The Polish striker has scored 19 times for the Bavarians so far this season and it took him only 20 games to do so.
Bayern are now picking up their form and Lewandowski is playing an integral role in the renaissance under Niko Kovac.
The following players are ranked according to their goals across all competitions.