The highest goalscorers in 2019

Lionel Messi is still trailing the top goalscorer in 2019 so far, while Cristiano Ronaldo is 17 goals behind - here is a rundown of the top 10 most prolific attackers in the world.

Messi, 32, sent a warning to Europe that he's gradually returning to full fitness after an inspiring display in FC Barcelona's comeback win over Inter in the Champions League last week.

Scroll through the gallery to see the top 10 scorers across all competitions for 2019 so far

And he lived up to his words this weekend with a spectacular free-kick in the 4-0 thumping of Sevilla to put the LaLiga champions into second-place behind Real Madrid.

The strike marked his first of the season after injury troubles saw him on the sidelines for the start of the Blaugrana's stuttering campaign, while moving him onto 31 goals for 2019.

However, he's still short of the leaderboard thus far for the calander year, which features international teammate Sergio Aguero, Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Paris Saint-Germain supertstar Kylian Mbappe.

Benzema in particular, has been one of Los Blancos key figures since the departure of Ronaldo, with 25 goals in 36 games, while the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has seen his goal rate slow down somewhat since joining Juventus.

Over the past decade, Ronaldo and Messi was often the top two scorers for each year, bar Harry Kane's remarkable 2017 - in which he scored 56 for club and country.

African Premier League duo Sadio Mane and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang also make it within the elite scorers list with 23 and 24 goals respectively.

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