The Top 10 Goalscorers Across Europe’s Top 5 Leagues So Far This Season

​The domestic season is starting to wind down to a close across Europe, with a frantic finale set to commence after the upcoming international break.

Speaking of which, these little interruptions from league football are an excellent opportunity to take stock, and have a closer look at how the season has been unravelling.

Across Europes big five leagues, there’s been some awfully prolific goal scorers this season, tearing open opposition defences and firing home ruthless finishes week after week.

So here’s the top ten most prolific goal scorers across the ‘big five’ this season…


10. Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur (17)

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​Tottenham Hotspur seem to have blown their chances of winning the league, but they’re still alive and kicking in the Champions League, with a mouthwatering quarter-final tie against ​Manchester City on the horizon.

Straight in at number ten, it’s Spurs striker Harry Kane, whose slammed home 17 goals (in 26 games) in the ​Premier League this season despite missing over a month with an ankle injury.

The England captain won the Golden Boot award at last summer’s World Cup, and took that form into the 2018/19 campaign, with standout performances including a lovely brace against Everton and a goal in each of the north London derbies.


9.  Duván Zapata – Atalanta (17)

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Atalanta have been absolutely flying ​in ​Serie A again this season, and look on track to secure qualification to play European football next season.

Duván Zapata has been their main man since joining on loan from Sampdoria, and has netted 17 times in 28 matches.

The Colombia international is a footballer in his prime, and his performance of the season so far was surely his four goal masterclass against Frosinone back in January


8. Edinson Cavani – PSG (17)

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At the rate they’re going, Paris Saint-Germain are going to dominate French football for years to come, but the Champions League still continues to elude them.

Back in Ligue 1, they’ve been filling their boots again this season, and Edinson Cavani has fired home 17 in just 16 starts.

He’s battled through a whole load of injuries this season, and it would be fair to argue he’d probably be troubling the chart toppers had he managed to stay in better nick.


7. Luis Suárez – Barcelona (18)

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​Barcelona look set to win yet another ​La Liga title this season, after bulldozing their way to the top of the pile.

Bizarrely, Luis Suárez is the clubs only real out-and-out centre forward (no, we’re no counting Kevin Prince-Boateng), but he’s taken that responsibility on his shoulders with aplomb, and has scored 18 in 27.

He’s currently sidelined with an ankle injury, but expect him to be back firing on all cylinders for the final few weeks of the campaign.


6. Sergio Agüero – Manchester City (18)

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Stepping things up a gear (okay, just the one goal) it’s Manchester City legend Sergio Agüero, who has once again been unstoppable in the English top tier this season.

He’s scored 18 in 26 games, and will be eager to keep the goals flowing as his side look to retain their Premier League title at the expense of high-flying ​Liverpool.

There’s been some real golden moments for the Argentine ace this season, including two hat-tricks in a week against ​Arsenal and ​Chelsea respectively.


5. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich (18)

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​Bayern Munich got the season off to a pretty rocky start, and manager Niko Kovač came mighty close to being shown the door. However, they rallied superbly, and are now top of the ​Bundesliga on goal difference.

As usual, Robert Lewandowski has been deadly in-front of goal, and has hit the back of the net 18 times in 25 outings.

Performance of the season you ask? Well, you can’t do much better than bagging a hat-trick away from home on day one of the campaign, as the formidable Pole did at Frankfurt.


4. Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus (19)

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Oh hello, CR7. I wondered when you’d be making an appearance, and quite frankly, I’m surprised you’re not higher up the charts!

Cristiano Ronaldo bounces and spins (and does that ridiculous thing with his arms) his way into  the number four spot, after hammering home 19 goals in 26 games for his new club, ​Juventus.

He’s been pretty ruddy relentless in Serie A this season, and has scored a brace on four occasions. Very impressive indeed!


 Fabio Quagliarella – Sampdoria (21)

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Who’s this old fella with the cane pipping Ronaldo into a top three finish?! That’s right, it’s Sampdoria frontman Fabio Quagliarella.

The 36-year-old has rolled back the years with another splendid campaign for I Blucerchiati, popping in 21 league goals in 27 games.

Ol’ Quaggers has been a delight this season, the highlight of which has (so far) been his tasty brace an emphatic 4-0 drubbing of Bologna. He’s only gone and earned himself an Italy recall an’ all. Marvellous!


2. Kylian Mbappé – Paris Saint-Germain (26)

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​Enjoy him while you can, PSG fans, there’s not chance he’s going to spend more than a couple more seasons in a one-team league.

Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé has continued his assault on the French top tier with renewed vigour this season, which probably has something to do with that little morale boost of winning the World Cup last summer.

He has, quite obscenely, scored 26 in 23 matches in the 2018/19 campaign, and he’s showing no sign of letting up any time soon!


1. Lionel Messi

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What?! It’s not Huddersfield Town frontman Laurent Depoitre?! No, perhaps unsurprisingly, it isn’t.

Instead, in a shock we may never truly recover from, Barcelona’s little known forward Lionel Messi is currently sitting at the top of the pile.

Once again the majestic magician has cast his spell over La Liga, bewitching and beguiling them in a campaign that’s seen him 29 goals in 26 games.

Will he keep the top spot when it comes to the end of the season? Let’s wait and see, shall we?…


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Il Ragazzo: 7 Young Players Who Could Take Italy to Glory at UEFA Euro 2020

Italy have come a long way since putting out the oldest starting XI at Euro 2016. Well, not in terms of success – they missed out on the 2018 World Cup altogether.

But that near unprecedented crisis set in motion a series of events that have got the Azzurri where they are today – filled with young, strapping lads ready to take on the world. And it wasn’t just the retirement of Gianluigi Buffon that lowered this average. Or Daniele De Rossi. 

Actual exciting young talent has grown a-plenty in the proceeding years, leading some bold folk to present them as potential Euro 2020 winners! How you ask? Well, these young guns (anyone under the age of 25, in my book) might help.


Moise Kean

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Moise Kean has long been touted as one of the potential saviours of Italian football. At the lowest points, it was his name – forged by the brave players of Football Manager? – that helped quell the tears. 

And now here he is, expected to make his second cap. The record breaking brace-scorer for ​Juventus is now well and truly established in the hallowed hues of the Azzurri, and he’s here to stay. Sure, he’s still raw, as that botched one-on-one prior to Cristiano Ronaldo’s clinching penalty against Atletico Madrid showed. But he’s got it.

And that it is what Italy have been missing for some time.


Leonardo Spinazzola

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​The man of the hour. Well, maybe not the hour. But at least the most important hour of Italian football in recent times. Yes, Leonardo Spinazzola was the unsung hero of that dramatic night against Los Rojiblancos. Move over, CR7. This is LS37’s time. 

And look, at 25, you may not think Spinazzola’s the springiest of chickens on this list, but thanks to injury issues he’s made less than half the ​Serie A appearances of the only 25-year-old on this list. So, there’s still some spring in that step. And he’ll be 27 by the time the Euros roll around – that’s peak major tournament age. 

Plus, his agent has said he’s better than Alex Sandro. So, yeah. 


Nicolo Zaniolo 

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The Culled Kid of Milan has become the Golden Boy of Rome in just a few short months. Incredible. Our introduction to Nicolo Zaniolo may have been brief so far, but there’s no denying his incredible potential. 

With his first cap beckoning, the 19-year-old looks set for plenty more in this Euro 2020 qualifying campaign and, with AS Roma’s prime target this summer just to keep hold of the attacking midfielder, he should be allowed to blossom a little further at the Stadio Olimpico before the brighter lights come calling.


Nicolo Barella

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​Poor Jorginho. No sooner was the central midfielder – who has been restricted to just 12 caps in his career – rid of the likes of Andrea Pirlo and De Rossi that Nicolo Barella came through, all ridiculously accomplished and poised and versatile and mature at the age of 22.

But, aside from the Chelsea man’s perspective, Barella’s breakthrough has been a breath of fresh air, tinged with sunshine and rainbows and sardines (Sardinia, innit). And, he’s already been able to translate his easy-going mentality to the international stage, with his debut against Ukraine as good a showcase of his talents as any. 


Federico Bernardeschi 

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I know we’ve spoken a lot about the so-called MVPs from that Atleti clash, but let’s be real for a second, it was ​Federico Bernardeschi. And that showing was just the tip of the iceberg for the former Fiorentina man this season. He’s been electric. 

Sure, he may not possess the suit-wearing suaveness of the legends that have come ​before him, but he’s got class on the field. And that’s just about enough. I mean sure, it’s not ideal, but it’s enough. At least for Euro 2020 success. So the ​fresh-from-the-plane pics will have to take a back seat. Big deal…*sobs*. 


Federico Chiesa

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While he may have been forced to pull out of this particular national team squad through injury, this is not the end of Federico Chiesa. And that is not a hot take. With 31 games played across competitions, he has already doubled his goalscoring tally from last season with 12, as his transfer value continues to skyrocket. 

Though the wait for his first international score is set go on beyond this month, rest assured he will break this duck in the upcoming qualifying campaign. And, if not then, how about mid-July at Wembley Stadium next year?


Patrick Cutrone

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​The only player on this list who is yet to wear the true blue shirt of a fully fledged Italy international, but Patrick Cutrone does not plan on kicking it with the Under-21s for too much longer. 

While his progress at ​Milan may have been curtailed by the arrival of a certain Polish marksman who is incapable of going scoreless in any game ever, he remains a precocious frontman. Besides, word on the street says that he could be used as a makeweight in a deal for the man standing above him here, so, potentially, problem solved. 

Either way, don’t be surprised to see him super-subbing it at the Euros when the time comes.


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Italy vs Finland: Roberto Mancini’s Best Available Gli Azzurri Lineup

Italy begin their EURO 2020 qualification campaign on Saturday night, when they host Finland in Udine.

The Azzurri are looking to qualify for the European Championship for the 10th time, as well as hoping to win the tournament for the first time in 51 years.

Here’s a look at Roberto Mancini’s best available Italy lineup to face Finland on Saturday.

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

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Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – Now comfortably established as Italy’s new number one, Donnarumma looks set to earn his 12th Azzurri cap. The 20-year-old has played 31 games for Milan this season, keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.

Alessandro Florenzi (RB) – The Roma right back will make up Italy’s defence against Finland, as he hopes to keep his third consecutive international clean sheet. Florenzi has also been in solid form for his club, having made 22 Serie A appearances this season.

Giorgio Chiellini (CB) – Chiellini has been at the heart of the Italian defence since 2004, and remains the key figure at the back. The Azzurri captain has earned a remarkable 100 caps, more than any other player in Mancini’s current squad.

Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – Bonucci will partner up with Chiellini on Saturday, as he usually does for club and country. The Juventus star has earned 85 caps – bettered only by his defensive partner – having made his debut under Marcello Lippi in 2010.

Cristiano Biraghi (LB) – Having made his national team debut last September, Biraghi is now an essential part of Mancini’s team. The Fiorentina player has already earned four caps, with his first goal coming as a 92nd minute winner in Italy’s 1-0 win over Poland.

2. Midfielders

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Marco Verratti (CM) – Verratti looks likely to retain his place in the Italian midfield, featuring in Italy’s fifth game in a row. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder’s season has been hampered by injury, though he has still managed to make 29 appearances for the Parisian side.

Jorginho (CM) – Though it hasn’t been easy riding for Jorginho recently at Chelsea, Mancini will keep his faith in him. After making his debut in 2016, the Azzurri playmaker regained his place in the Italy side in late 2017 and has since earned 11 caps in their midfield.

Nicolo Barella (CM) – Barella is one of the latest additions to Mancini’s revitalised squad, having made his debut last October. The Cagliari midfielder has since played four times for Italy, making up a very strong midfield three.

3. Forwards

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Federico Chiesa (RW) – Chiesa should make up Italy’s front three for the visit of Finland, as he searches for his first national team goal. The 21-year-old has been outstanding for Fiorentina this season, with 12 goals and eight assists in his 31 appearances.

Fabio Quagliarella (ST) – Despite not having played for the national team since 2015, Mancini called up veteran striker Quagliarella for March’s fixtures. The 36-year-old, who currently plays for Sampdoria, could earn his 26th cap for the Azzurri in Saturday’s game.

Federico Bernardeschi (LW) – With Lorenzo Insigne injured, Juventus forward Bernardeschi will get his chance for the visit of Finland. The 25-year-old has been a key part of the reigning Italian champions’ squad, making 29 appearances under Massimiliano Allegri this season.

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Serie A in Talks Over Holding Domestic Fixtures in China as Part of Trade Agreement

Serie A and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) are in talks with executives at the Chinese Media Group (CMG) over holding competitive league fixtures in China amid a wider effort to ‘cement economic and cultural ties’. 

The league has held their Supercoppa Italiana fixture abroad 10 times, with Saudi Arabia hosting the 2019 encounter between AC Milan and Juventus this January. China has hosted the tie four times – the most of any country outside Italy. 

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Now, according to a document seen by the ​Financial Times, the league are looking to extend this global outreach programme to competitive clashes, in a bid to improve their marketability abroad and strengthen their ties with the country. 

As revealed in the document, the FIGC are looking to schedule a ​Serie A game “in the next three years and with an adequate budget.” 

The talks are understood to be led by FIGC president Gabriele Gravina and Gaetano Miccichè and Luigi De Siervo of Serie A, alongside several leading figures at the CMG, with the blessings of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is a known football fan. 

The proposal would also account for a number of exhibition fixtures in both countries between their international sides, as well as a multimedia content exchange and Italian assistance in any potential investment from Chinese companies in Serie A teams. 

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However, it would still need approval from both FIFA and the Asian Football Federation. Both ​La Liga and the ​Premier League have been thwarted in their previous attempts to reach such agreements. 

Speaking after the Spanish division were forced to postpone their plans for recurring fixtures in the USA, Fifa president Gianni Infantino said: “Official league matches must be played within the territory of the respective member association.”

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Transfer Rumours: Hudson-Odoi to Liverpool, Spurs Eye Gomes, Barça Want ‘New Pogba’ & More

Did you really think the international break would stop the rumours train? Oh no. Nothing stops the rumours train. It’s like the train in that Denzel Washington film where the train doesn’t stop… except at the end, when it stops.

Anyway, here’s a roundup of the latest transfer rumours from around the web…


Liverpool Still Keeping an Eye on Callum Huson-Odoi

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Callum Hudson-Odoi is still a wanted man in Germany, with not only Bayern Munich but Borussia Dortmund keen on a summer move for the teenage prodigy.

While you may have heard that already, the new claim courtesy of ​SportBild (not to be confused with Bild) is that ​Liverpool too are keen on CHO.

The report focuses on the German clubs’ interest but throws in a teasing mention of the Premier League leaders, claiming they ‘have kept an eye on Hudson-Odoi’.

It’s a tantalising claim. However, links to Liverpool were previously shot down by Liverpool ITKs, while the likelihood of ​Chelsea (who are being obstinate enough with the Germans) selling to a domestic rival, while potentially under a transfer ban, seems next to nil.


Kieran Tierney Plays Down Links to Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester

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Meanwhile Celtic full back Kieran Tierney insists he has not been in touch with former manager Brendan Rodgers over a summer move south of the border to ​Leicester City.

Rodgers took the likes of Joe Allen and (ahem) Fabio Borini with him from Swansea to Liverpool and Kolo Toure from Liverpool to Celtic, and he is already being tipped to bring some familiar faces to the King Power Stadium this summer.

However, 21-year-old Tierney – who has been linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs – told the ​Evening Times that he has had minimal contact with Rodgers since his departure.

“No, I’ve not seen him since. I had a few text messages just after he left but that’s it,” Tierney said. So there.


Atletico Enter Race for Juventus & Man Utd Target Ruben Dias

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​Atletico Madrid are the latest club to be named as interested in Benfica defender Ruben Dias.

The 21-year-old centre back has picked up a host of admirers this season as Benfica sit pretty at the top of the Portuguese league. Those admirers include the likes of Juventus and ​Manchester United (which defender isn’t linked with United currently?), as well as Atletico.

According to Madrid daily ​AS, Atleti officials have been following Dias with ‘great attention’.

The Portugal international reportedly has a release clause of €60m in his contract for any club wishing to bypass the tedious process of negotiation.


Barcelona Eye ‘New Paul Pogba’

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Ruben Dias isn’t the only target Juventus won’t have a free run at this summer, with ​Barcelona tipped to challenge the Old Lady for 17-year-old Lucien Agoume.

The Cameroon-born France youth international midfielder currently plays for FC Sochaux and has 13 Ligue 2 appearances this season, but you already knew that didn’t you… you hipster.

Most intriguingly, ​Calcio Mercato – who bring word of Barça’s supposed interest – claim that Agoume is considered the ‘new Pogba’. No pressure then.

Meanwhile, the ​old Pogba has waxed lyrical about Barça, calling them ‘a team I always watch’, ahead of Man Utd’s Champions League showdown.

Could we have an Old Pogba-New Pogba midfield double act at the Camp Nou in years to come?


Everton Face Competition for Andre Gomes

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And finally, Everton may not get a clear run at Andre Gomes this summer with Premier League rivals Tottenham apparently ready to dust off the old chequebook and try to tempt the Portuguese midfielder to New White Hart Lane/Tottenham Hotspur Stadium/Insert Sponsor Name Here.

​The Sun reckon that while Barcelona are keen to sell, Gomes’ eye catching displays for the Toffees mean there could be a bidding war, which is probably the best kind of war.

Inter have also been tipped to make a move for the £20m-rated midfielder.


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