Golden Shoe 2020-21: Lewandowski, Ronaldo and Europe's top scorers

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, or Robert Lewandowski - who will come out on top this season?

The race for the 2020-21 Golden Shoe is on as the best strikers from across Europe look to boost their goal tallies and be crowned the contintent's No 1 sharp-shooter.

Lazio's Ciro Immobile took the accolade in 2019-20, finishing ahead of Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo, Timo Werner and Lionel Messi, but intense competition means he will have to fight to retain it.

That posse will no doubt be to the fore in the goal charts again this season, as well as other contenders like Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah and even Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is rolling back the years at AC Milan.

With the race well and truly under way,  Goal  tallies up all the top goalscorers from across Europe's top leagues in 2020-21...

*Note: list includes only top scorers from Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

  1. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 28 goals (56)
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    #1 Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 28 goals (56)

    Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski has been one of the best strikers in the world for a number of years now and he continues to hit the back of the net with regularity despite heading into his mid-thirties.
  2. Lionel Messi | Barcelona | 19 goals (38)
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    #2 Lionel Messi | Barcelona | 19 goals (38)

    One of the greatest goalscorers of all time, Lionel Messi got off to a slow start in 2020-21, but he has shown signs of improvement in the second half of the season.

  3. Andre Silva | Eintracht Frankfurt | 19 goals (38)
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    #3 Andre Silva | Eintracht Frankfurt | 19 goals (38)

    Andre Silva struggled to live up to expectations at AC Milan and Sevilla, but he appears to have found his groove in the Bundesliga, where he is one of the main goal threats for Eintracht Frankfurt.

  4. Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus | 19 goals (38)
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    #4 Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus | 19 goals (38)

    Cristiano Ronaldo recovered from a slow start last season to mount a serious challenge for the Golden Boot, but he has been prolific from the beginning this term, despite a brief Covid-19-enforced period of isolation. He will hope to clinch an award he hasn't got his hands on since 2014-15.
  5. Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 18 goals (36)
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    #5 Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 18 goals (36)

    Injuries and the Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted Kylian Mbappe's goal return last season, but he has hit the ground running for Paris Saint-Germain in 2020-21.
  6. Romelu Lukaku | Inter | 18 goals (36)
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    #6 Romelu Lukaku | Inter | 18 goals (36)

    Romelu Lukaku continues to shine at Inter and his worth to the club is reflected in the fact that he reached the 50-goal milestone for the club, doing so in fewer games than the legendary Ronaldo Nazario. The Belgium international considers himself among the top five strikers in the world and he will be eager to back up that claim by challenging for top scorer awards.

  7. Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund | 17 goals (34)
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    #7 Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund | 17 goals (34)

    Having joined Borussia Dortmund mid-way through last season, there were some doubts about Erling Haaland's capacity to make the step up in the Bundesliga, but his transition has been seamless. Indeed, his goal return so far suggests that he has even taken it up a notch.
  8. Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 17 goals (34)
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    #8 Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 17 goals (34)

    Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah has been forced to share the goals with Sadio Mane in recent seasons, but the Egyptian remains a terrific threat and will be aiming to surpass a century of league goals for the Reds this season.

  9. Luis Suarez | Atletico Madrid | 16 goals (32)
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    #9 Luis Suarez | Atletico Madrid | 16 goals (32)

    He may be into his thirties, but Luis Suarez remains one of the best strikers in La Liga and he continues to find the back of the net for Atletico Madrid.

  10. Bruno Fernandes | Man Utd | 15 goals (30)
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    #10 Bruno Fernandes | Man Utd | 15 goals (30)

    Bruno Fernandes has been a breath of fresh air for Manchester United and the attacking midfielder is central to much of the Red Devils' good play. As well as setting up his team-mates, the Portugal international gets on the scoresheet himself and is the main penalty taker, meaning he is sure to get his share of goals over the season.

  11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic | AC MIlan | 14 goals (28)
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    #11 Zlatan Ibrahimovic | AC MIlan | 14 goals (28)

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is closing in on 40, but the gigantic Swede is rolling back the years at AC Milan, helping Stefano Pioli's side mount a title charge in Serie A.
  12. Harry Kane | Tottenham | 14 goals (28)
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    #12 Harry Kane | Tottenham | 14 goals (28)

    Having seemingly scored at will between 2014 and 2018, Tottenham's Harry Kane failed to crack the 20-goal mark in the Premier League in the last two seasons.

    However, the England star remains a potent threat in front of goal and, if he can stay injury free he should be there or thereabouts for the Golden Boot.

  13. Ciro Immobile | Lazio | 14 goals (28)
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    #13 Ciro Immobile | Lazio | 14 goals (28)

    Last season's Golden Shoe winner remains Lazio's chief goal threat and broke into double figures early enough in the season.
  14. Luis Muriel | Atalanta | 14 goals (28)
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    #14 Luis Muriel | Atalanta | 14 goals (28)

    Colombia international Luis Muriel hit 18 goals in Serie A last season and he remains a key figure for Atalanta, thriving in Gian Piero Gasperini's high-octane system.

  15. Gerard Moreno | Villarreal | 14 goals (28)
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    #15 Gerard Moreno | Villarreal | 14 goals (28)

    Villarreal's Gerard Moreno hit the ground running in 2020-21, brimming full of confidence after scoring 18 goals in La Liga the previous season.

    The Spain international is the focal point for The Yellow Submarine and scored an important goal against Real Madrid as they secured a point in November.

  16. Wout Weghorst | Wolfsburg | 14 goals (28)
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    #16 Wout Weghorst | Wolfsburg | 14 goals (28)

    Towering forward Wout Weghorst has been one of the most consistent scorers in the Bundesliga since his arrival in 2018 and he is on course for his best season yet.

  17. Memphis Depay | Lyon | 14 goals (28)
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    #17 Memphis Depay | Lyon | 14 goals (28)

    Netherlands international is entering into his prime and is currently on course to match his previous high of 19 Ligue 1 goals.

    His prowess in front of goal has alerted the attention of Barcelona, who are keen to bring the Dutchman to Catalunya.

  18. Patrick Bamford | Leeds United | 13 goals (26)
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    #18 Patrick Bamford | Leeds United | 13 goals (26)

    Though never previously prolific, Patrick Bamford is quickly maturing into one of the best strikers in the Premier League, thanks in no small part to Marcelo Bielsa.

  19. Andrej Kramaric | Hoffenheim | 13 goals (26)
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    #19 Andrej Kramaric | Hoffenheim | 13 goals (26)

    The Croatia international has been prolific for the Bundesliga side this season, including scoring a crucial brace against Hertha Berlin in January.
  20. Dominic Calvert-Lewin | Everton | 13 goals (26)
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    #20 Dominic Calvert-Lewin | Everton | 13 goals (26)

    Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed a transformation under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti and is becoming a highly prolific goalscorer. Though he might be considered something of a late bloomer, Calvert-Lewin is still relatively young and his form for the Toffees sees him challenging Harry Kane for the England No. 9 shirt.
  21. Youssef En-Nesyri | Sevilla | 13 goals (26)
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    #21 Youssef En-Nesyri | Sevilla | 13 goals (26)

    Youssef En-Nesyri has been in fine form for Sevilla this season, scoring nine goals by January.
  22. Lautaro Martinez | Inter | 13 goals (26)
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    #22 Lautaro Martinez | Inter | 13 goals (26)

    A reported target for Barcelona, Lautaro Martinez has formed a frightening partnership with Romelu Lukaku at Inter and will be eager to match his team-mate all the way.

  23. Heung-min Son | Tottenham | 13 goals (26)
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    #23 Heung-min Son | Tottenham | 13 goals (26)

    Tottenham star Heung-min Son has been the key man for Jose Mourinho's side this season as they look to challenge for Premier League glory. The forward's connection with Harry Kane continues to yield plenty of goals for both parties.
  24. Wissam Ben Yedder | Monaco | 13 goals (26)
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    #24 Wissam Ben Yedder | Monaco | 13 goals (26)

    Goalscoring exploits with Sevilla have been replicated at Monaco and Wissam Ben Yedder is now club captain with the principality team.

    He was marginally off 20 goals last season, but will have confidence that he can deliver in 2020-21.

  25. Kevin Volland | Monaco | 13 goals (26)
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    #25 Kevin Volland | Monaco | 13 goals (26)

    Former Bayer Leverkusen striker Kevin Volland has been enjoying his time in Ligue 1 since signing for Monaco ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. The Germany international regularly reaches double figures, but is scoring at a rate that could see him complete his best season ever.

  26. Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 12 goals (24)
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    #26 Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 12 goals (24)

    Karim Benzema has been the star forward for Zinedine Zidane's side this season as they look to keep pressure on rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of the Liga table.
  27. Jamie Vardy | Leicester City | 12 goals (24)
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    #27 Jamie Vardy | Leicester City | 12 goals (24)

    Jamie Vardy has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down at Leicester City and he remains the Foxes' number one goal threat this season. He won the Premier League Golden Boot last term and will be determined to challenge once again.

  28. Boulaye Dia | Reims | 12 goals (24)
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    #28 Boulaye Dia | Reims | 12 goals (24)

    Having established himself as a key player for Reims in 2019-20, Boulaye Dia is enjoying his best season ever at the club and will be aiming to hit the high teens in the goal charts.

  29. Alexander Isak | Real Sociedad | 12 goals (24)
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    #29 Alexander Isak | Real Sociedad | 12 goals (24)

    Former Borussia Dortmund forward Alexander Isak has thrived in La Liga and has improved his scoring record in 2020-21.

  30. Joao Pedro | Cagliari | 12 goals (24)
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    #30 Joao Pedro | Cagliari | 12 goals (24)

    Brazil-born playmaker Joao Pedro scored 18 goals in Serie A last season and could well surpass that tally if he can maintain his early-season form all year.

  31. Karl Toko Ekambi | Lyon | 12 goals (24)
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    #31 Karl Toko Ekambi | Lyon | 12 goals (24)

    Cameroon international Karl Toko Ekambi never forged a reputation as prolific, but he is enjoying his time at Lyon and will be hoping to carry his early-season form to the end of the campaign.

  32. Ilkay Gundogan | Man City | 11 goals (22)
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    #32 Ilkay Gundogan | Man City | 11 goals (22)

    Germany international Ilkay Gundogan is enjoying his best ever season in front of goal for Manchester City, picking up the slack with the likes of Sergio Aguero missing through injury.

  33. Moise Kean | PSG | 11 goals (22)
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    #33 Moise Kean | PSG | 11 goals (22)

    Everton forward Moise Kean has taken his performances to another level since joining Paris Saint-Germain on loan in 2020 and is chipping in with his fair share of goals in the French capital, forming a formidable relationship with Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe.
  34. Silas Wamangituka | Stuttgart | 11 goals (22)
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    #34 Silas Wamangituka | Stuttgart | 11 goals (22)

    Having chipped in with his fair share of goals in Stuttgart's promotion season, Silas Wamangituka has shown little difficulty with the step up to the Bundesliga in 2020-21.

    The former Paris FC attacker has adapted well to life in Germany and is likely to post his best-ever season, statistically.

  35. Andrea Belotti | Torino | 11 goals (22)
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    #35 Andrea Belotti | Torino | 11 goals (22)

    It has been a while since Andrea Belotti was the toast of Europe as he knocked in nearly 30 goals for Torino, but the Italy international still scores plenty.

    If he can maintain his early-season form, he will be hoping to hit the 20-goal mark this term.

  36. Sasa Kalajdzic | Stuttgart | 11 goals (22)
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    #36 Sasa Kalajdzic | Stuttgart | 11 goals (22)

    Sasa Kalajdzic has been in fine form for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga this season, the Austrian continuing his successful efforts on the pitch in this second season for the club.
  37. Jose Luis Morales | Levante | 11 goals (22)
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    #37 Jose Luis Morales | Levante | 11 goals (22)

    Jose Luis Morales has been enjoying a prolific season in Levante colours, even scoring the winning goal against Real Madrid in a 2-1 victory.
  38. Ludovic Ajorque | Strasbourg | 11 goals (22)
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    #38 Ludovic Ajorque | Strasbourg | 11 goals (22)

    Strasbourg forward Ludovic Ajorque is enjoying his best ever season in Ligue 1, cracking double figures in the goal charts and he will be eager to continue that form throughout the season.

  39. Thomas Muller | Bayern Munich | 10 goals (20)
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    #39 Thomas Muller | Bayern Munich | 10 goals (20)

    Thomas Muller's goal contribution to Bayern Munich had slowed down significantly over the past few years, but the iconic German star has found his scoring boots once more and is chipping in with greater regularity this season.

  40. Francesco Caputo | Sassuolo | 10 goals (20)
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    #40 Francesco Caputo | Sassuolo | 10 goals (20)

    The veteran striker has been prolific in Serie B for the majority of his career, but has shown he can also score in the top flight.
  41. Lorenzo Insigne | Napoli | 10 goals (20)
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    #41 Lorenzo Insigne | Napoli | 10 goals (20)

    Now an elder statesman of the Napoli team, Lorenzo Insigne has been expected to assume more responsibility and he has certainly added goals to his game again.

    The diminutive Italy international chips in with plenty of assists too, but he is on course to replicate his form from 2016-17, when he bagged 18 goals.

  42. Mikel Oyarzabal | Real Sociedad | 10 goals (20)
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    #42 Mikel Oyarzabal | Real Sociedad | 10 goals (20)

    Real Sociedad has been a potent attacking threat in the forward line for the Basque Country outfit in recent years and he continues to impress in 2020-21.

  43. Callum Wilson | Newcastle | 10 goals (20)
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    #43 Callum Wilson | Newcastle | 10 goals (20)

    Callum Wilson has been impressive for his Newcastle side who have been fighting to remain afloat of the relegation zone for most of the season.
  44. Roger Marti | Levante | 10 goals (20)
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    #44 Roger Marti | Levante | 10 goals (20)

    Roger has been in-form for Levante, scoring the winner against Real Madrid in La Liga on January 30.
  45. Ollie Watkins | Aston Villa | 10 goals (20)
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    #45 Ollie Watkins | Aston Villa | 10 goals (20)

    Having impressed in the Championship with Brentford for a number of years, Ollie Watkins hit the ground running in his debut Premier League season.

  46. Amine Gouiri | Nice | 10 goals (20)
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    #46 Amine Gouiri | Nice | 10 goals (20)

    The young France striker has been in top form for Nice, netting his 10th goal of the season in a 2-1 victory against Rennes.
  47. Lars Stindl | Borussia Monchengladbach | 10 goals (20)
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    #47 Lars Stindl | Borussia Monchengladbach | 10 goals (20)

    Veteran striker Lars Stindl is on course for his best-ever season at Borussia Monchengladbach and, indeed, the best of his career.

    Stindl has never been prolific in the Bundesliga, but he should be aiming for the high teens in 2020-21 if he can stay fit.

  48. Jordan Veretout | Roma | 10 goals (20)
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    #48 Jordan Veretout | Roma | 10 goals (20)

    Former Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout has found his feet in Serie A and appears to be going from strength to strength since signing for Roma.

  49. Burak Yilmaz | Lille | 9 goals (18)
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    #49 Burak Yilmaz | Lille | 9 goals (18)

    Veteran Turkey international Burak Yilmaz has been in top form for Lille since his arrival from Besiktas in 2020. A powerful frontman who has scored goals for Galatasaray, Beijing Guoan and Trabzonspor among others over a long career, Yilmaz will be aiming for the high teens this season.

  50. M'bala Nzola | Spezia | 9 goals (18)
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    #50 M'bala Nzola | Spezia | 9 goals (18)

    French striker M'bala Nzola has been enjoying a fruitful season with Spezia, picking up where he left off last season. Nzola has contributes some important goals this term, including a strike in the unlikely victory over Napoli at the beginning of 2021.

  51. Lucas Alario | Bayer Leverkusen | 9 goals (18)
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    #51 Lucas Alario | Bayer Leverkusen | 9 goals (18)

    The Argentine has been instrumental in Bayer Leverkusen's season in the Bundesliga as they attempt to navigate a top-four spot.
  52. Mattia Destro | Genoa | 9 goals (18)
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    #52 Mattia Destro | Genoa | 9 goals (18)

    Having endured a number of lean seasons at Bologna, Mattia Destro has rediscovered his best form and is aiming for the high teens in the goalscoring charts.
  53. Wilfried Zaha | Crystal Palace | 9 goals (18)
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    #53 Wilfried Zaha | Crystal Palace | 9 goals (18)

    Wilfried Zaha has once again been in fine form for the Eagles since the start of the season, slotting in his ninth goal against West Ham in January.
  54. Iago Aspas | Celta Vigo | 9 goals (18)
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    #54 Iago Aspas | Celta Vigo | 9 goals (18)

    Celta Vigo's main man, Iago Aspas continues to sparkle for the Galicians despite heading into his mid-thirties.

    Aspas enjoyed a number of 20-plus-goal seasons a few years ago, form which saw him become a regular for Spain, and he'll be hoping to rekindle those displays.

  55. Andy Delort | Montpellier | 9 goals (18)
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    #55 Andy Delort | Montpellier | 9 goals (18)

    Algeria international Andy Delort has become a key player for Montpellier and the striker has already reached his tally from last season, in fewer games.

    Delort has improved drastically since signing for Montpellier from Toulouse and will be aiming to reach the high teens in the goal charts this campaign. 

  56. Hirving Lozano | Napoli | 9 goals (18)
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    #56 Hirving Lozano | Napoli | 9 goals (18)

    It took Hirving Lozano a while to settle in at Napoli, but the Mexico international is now very comfortable in his surroundings in the Italian league. Aided by the skill and vision of Lorenzo Insigne, Lozano is aiming for high double figures this season.

  57. Alexandre Lacazette | Arsenal | 9 goals (18)
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    #57 Alexandre Lacazette | Arsenal | 9 goals (18)

    France international Alexandre Lacazette hasn't quite emulated his goalscoring exploits at Lyon since joining Arsenal, but he chips in with his fair share for the Gunners.

  58. Dusan Vlahovic | Fiorentina | 9 goals (18)
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    #58 Dusan Vlahovic | Fiorentina | 9 goals (18)

    The impressive Serbia forward clinched his ninth goal of the Serie A season in a comprehensive 3-0 win against Spezia.
  59. Henrikh Mkhitaryan | Roma | 9 goals (18)
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    #59 Henrikh Mkhitaryan | Roma | 9 goals (18)

    The former Arsenal and Man Utd man has been reborn in Rome, becoming a key figure in attack for the Serie A side. 
  60. Tino Kadawere | Lyon | 9 goals (18)
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    #60 Tino Kadawere | Lyon | 9 goals (18)

    Lyon are coming down with potent attacking talent and Tino Kadawere is another example. The Zimbabwe international has an eye for goal and continues to impress since joining permanently from Le Havre.

  61. Gael Kakuta | Lens | 9 goals (18)
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    #61 Gael Kakuta | Lens | 9 goals (18)

    Lens have pushed for a spot in the top six of the Ligue 1 table with Gael Kakuta goals, who has been having a remarkable season.
  62. Gaetan Laborde | Montpellier | 9 goals (18)
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    #62 Gaetan Laborde | Montpellier | 9 goals (18)

    Montpellier striker Gaetan Laborde has been impressive in Ligue 1 in recent seasons and has sharpened his appetite for goals in 2020-21.

  63. Harvey Barnes | Leicester | 9 goals (18)
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    #63 Harvey Barnes | Leicester | 9 goals (18)

    Harvey Barnes is maturing into a formidable attacking force at Leicester City and he is enjoying his best ever season in 2020-21, adding more goals to his game.

  64. Raheem Sterling | Man City | 9 goals (18)
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    #64 Raheem Sterling | Man City | 9 goals (18)

    England star Raheem Sterling cracked the 20-goal mark in the Premier League season last term and, while he has slowed down in 2020-21, he continues to hit the back of the net at important times.

  65. Duvan Zapata | Atalanta | 9 goals (18)
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    #65 Duvan Zapata | Atalanta | 9 goals (18)

    Colombia international Duvan Zapata found his scoring boots when he joined Atalanta and the striker has shown little sign of slowing down. Ably assisted by Luis Muriel and Co. Zapata continues to find the back of the net.

  66. Marcus Rashford | Man Utd | 9 goals (18)
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    #66 Marcus Rashford | Man Utd | 9 goals (18)

    Marcus Rashford may not be grabbing the headlines for his goals in the same way that team-mate Bruno Fernandes is, but the England forward remains a key player for the Red Devils, as his tally indicates.

  67. Terem Moffi | Lorient | 9 goals (18)
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    #67 Terem Moffi | Lorient | 9 goals (18)

    Lorient face a tough task to avoid relegation from Ligue 1 this season and the goals of Terem Moffi will be crucial in that pursuit. Still only 21, Moffi is not far behind some more illustrious names in the scorers list.