The five-time Ballon d'Or winners maintained their staggering goals-to-game ratio in 2018 thus far - 75 between them to be exact - but it's actually Bounedjah who tops the world football goalscoring charts.
Currently plying his trade alongside FC Barcelona legend Xavi at Qatar Stars League champions Al Sadd, the 26-year-old has netted a scintillating 40 goals for club and country - while Messi and Ronaldo have 38 and 37 respectively.
???? Most goals for club and country in 2018...— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) October 2, 2018
- Baghdad Bounedjah: 40
- Lionel Messi: 38
- Cristiano Ronaldo: 37
Bounedjah THE BOY! pic.twitter.com/AojkPvvoxe
His progression since leaving Tunisian outfit Étoile du Sahel after the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup triumph over Orlando Pirates has been staggering, with a total of 81 goals in 65 games for the Doha-based outfit.
This includes a recent seven-goal haul in a 10-1 victory over domestic rivals Al Arabi.
Overall, as recorded by Soccerway and Transfermarkt, the 16-time capped Algerian has netted 14 goals in six league games in the new season.
He has four in three goals for The Desert Foxes, 12 in 10 in the Asian Champions League and 10 in five during the latter stages of the 2017/18 league season.
His incredible form has reportedly attracted a bid from N-Power Championship leaders Leeds United, with manager Marcelo Bielsa keen on his addition for their Premier League promotion push.