Another year is done and dusted and a look at Europe’s leading scorers produces a line-up of usual suspects.
Taking into account all competitions (league, domestic cups, plus the Champions League and Europa League games), of the Continent’s top five divisions – Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, LaLiga and Premier League – talkSPORT.com looks at who led the way for calendar year goals.
10. Neymar (PSG) – 26 goals in 26 games in 2018
The PSG forward could have featured higher if it were not for an injury that kept him out for a number of matches.
The world’s most expensive player broke a bone in his foot in February and barely made it back to fitness for the World Cup this summer. The Brazilian only made 26 appearances for his club, but still managed to find the net every 88 minutes to earn a place in the top 10, ahead of fellow Ligue 1 star and team-mate Kylian Mbappe who was just outside the top 10, having scored 25 times.
9. Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 29 goals in 46 games in 2018
The Lazio striker has been in red-hot form for his club ever since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2016.
His 29 goals in 45 games sees him reach the top 10 and would have been the highest ranking Serie A player had a certain forward not joined Juventus in the summer.
8) Florian Thauvin (Marseille) – 30 goals in 46 games in 2018
The former Newcastle winger has had a very good 2018 with his club Marseille, scoring 30 times in his 46 matches and averaging a goal every 115 minutes.
The 25-year-old struggled at Newcastle in the 2015/16 season and scored just once in 16 games despite his £15million price tag.
On his return to Marseille, whom he left the Magpies for in 2016, he has not looked back and was also part of France’s World Cup winning squad.
7.) Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 32 goals from 49 games in 2018
The Uruguayan has a phenomenal goal scoring record at every club he’s been at and, at the age of 31, continues to prove he is one of the best forwards in the world.
His 32 goals from 49 games for Barcelona puts him seventh on the list.
Barcelona, where he has been since leaving Liverpool in 2014, have reportedly drawn up a list of seven possible players who they would like to replace him as he reaches the twilight of his career.
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6) Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – 33 goals in 52 games in 2018
Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann has 33 goals to his name this calendar year from a mammoth 52 matches.
The Frenchman reportedly rejected a chance to move to Barcelona in an £88million move and signed a contract extension until 2023 with the Madrid club.
Griezmann, 27, was also one of the stars at the 2018 World Cup picking up the silver boot, for scoring four goals, the bronze ball for third best player, and the man-of-the-match award in the final.
5) Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 34 goals in 50 games in 2018
The only Englishman on the list is, of course, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
The 25-year-old hit the back of the net 34 times in 2018 from his 49 games – finding the net every 122 minutes.
In February, Kane scored his 100th Premier League goal in 141 games and also picked up the Golden Boot at the World Cup for his six goals.
4) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 37 goals in 49 games in 2018
The Liverpool forward had an incredible first season with at Anfield, picking up multiple awards for his goal scoring achievements.
His calendar year record also proves it was no fluke as he has 37 goals in all competitions, at an impressive rate of a goal every 109 minutes.
His 13 goals have helped the Reds to the top of the Premier League table this season and at the start of 2019, have a seven-point lead at the top.
3) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 39 goals in 45 games
The Poland striker is the leading Bundesliga goal scorer on the list with 39 goals from 45 games.
He has helped Bayern Munich to the title in each of his four seasons at the German club after joining on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2014.
2.) Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 43 goals in 46 games
The 33-year-old has a record to rival some of footballs greatest ever players and still continues to score at nearly a goal a game in 2018 despite approaching his 34th birthday.
He found the net 43 times in 46 games, scoring every 90 minutes in 2018.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner moved to Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer for £100million and signed a four year deal with the Serie A giants where he has since become the top scoring Portuguese player in the league.
1.) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 47 goals in 48 games
Who else but Messi? Barcelona record goal scorer continues to score for fun and in 2018 hit 47 in 48 games.
The 31-year-old helped the Catalan club to a domestic double last season and his ninth La Liga title in his career.
Info courtesy of transfermarkt.