Top goalscorers of the 2019/2020 season

Top goalscorers of the 2019/2020 season

As big of a matter as it was and remains to be, we shouldn't allow the COVID-19 pandemic to mark the season in our minds. Ask any hardened centre-back or any truthful deep-lying playmaker and they'll all tell you - strikers get the most credit and for a reason. Goals solve games and goalscorers solve competitions. So let's not allow the best finishers of the world to take a backseat to a nasty virus and let's celebrate the top goalscorers of the 2019/2020 season.

We'll take a look at the best marksmen of the top four European leagues, without France as the Ligue 1 season was cancelled after 28 matchdays. Monaco's Wissam Ben Yedder and PSG's Kylian Mbappe have the most to feel sorry about as they were leading the scoreboard with 18 goals each. While Lyon's Moussa Dembele was trailing behind with 16 strikes to his name.

Top goalscorers of the 2019/20 season - Serie A

Ciro Immobile (Lazio) - 36 goals

For the first time since 2007 and Francesco Totti has the Capocannoniere also been the Golden Shoe winner. It's the third time that Ciro Immobile won the Serie A top goalscorer award but the first time he was unmatched in Europe.

For a 30-year-old that was written off by Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla not too long, it has been a fairytale season.

"I am super happy and proud of what I’ve achieved, especially when I look back to where I started and everything I went through. If you truly believe, sometimes, dreams do come true," said Immobile.

Lazio's key player started the league with a brace against Sampdoria and scored one of his two hat-tricks against the Genoa team as well. While some are trying to belittle his success by stressing out that 14 of his goals came from penalties, they fail to say that 17 of his 36 goals were first for his team. That many penalties were made on him as defenders can only stop him by breaking the rules and that Ciro rallied in the end stretch scoring seven in the last five games. Equalling the Serie A record for most goals in a season.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) - 31 goals

Another record-breaking and record-setting season for Cristiano. Even the curators of his museum on Madeira probably have a tough time recording them all. Ronaldo scored 10 goals more than in his first Serie A season and in just two matches more. One of them being a hat-trick versus Cagliari.

Even more importantly, CR7 had a better goalscoring ratio than the Capocannoniere in all his glory. Ciro scored a goal every 114 minutes he spent on the pitch. Ronaldo let out his trademark "Siuuu!" every 94 minutes.

If you're doubting that CR7 will be up there in the next season's top goalscorer review, just look at the 35-year-old recap of the season.

"Personally, scoring 37 goals for Juventus and 11 for the Portuguese National Team is something that makes me face the future with renewed ambition and desire to keep doing better and better each year," said Ronaldo.

Romelu Lukaku (Inter) - 23 goals

The third man of the Serie A top goalscorers is the newcomer, Romelu Lukaku. Last summer it seemed like the big man was mostly running away from Manchester United as his form at Old Trafford even made many sceptical about Inter's decision to sign him. Yet Rom managed to prove himself outside mid-table Premier League clubs with 23 goals, only six of which came from the spot.

Lukaku established a great understanding with Lautaro Martinez and flourished in the target man role of Antonio Conte's system. The 23 goals in Serie A is his second-best goalscoring record in one of the big leagues as he bagged two more with Everton in 2016/2017.

Top goalscorers of the 2019/20 season - Premier League

Jamie Vardy (Leicester) - 23 goals

We all know the story but we'll never be tired of listening to it. Less than a decade ago, the 33-year-old Jamie Vardy was a Conference player. His Premier League winner medal will now have a worthy company in the trophy cabinet as now Vardy holds the top goalscorer of the league moniker!

Scoring one goal fewer than in the title-winning season, Vardy had a particularly fruitful first part of the season scoring a hat-trick in the demolishment of Southampton as well. While Vardy is 33 now, with the way Brendan Rodger's Foxes are playing, it wouldn't be unwise to bet on the Englishman to once again win the PL golden boot next summer.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) - 22 goals

The only man on this list that shouldn't enjoy his individual success too much as it came in an absolutely shameful season for his team. Auba was the only shining light of Arsenal but not without his misses that possibly could've swayed the season for the Gunners. That might be too much to ask from a single player, but not from the team captain, which he now is.

Gabon's representative shared the top goalscorer title last season with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah. Had he converted some of the opportunities everyone knows he should, he could've snatched the triumph from Vardy.

Danny Ings (Southampton) - 22 goals

A swan song that went thoroughly unnoticed be it for the COVID-19 or the Liverpool winning the title narratives being too strong. But Danny Ings deserves all the plauds he's not getting for revitalizing his career in such a manner that he outscored former teammate Mo Salah, legend Sergio Aguero, and the hyped Marcus Rashford.

Ings also scored only once from the penalty spot, in the end outscoring his best ever season in the lower rank of Championship by two goals. For a player that has spent most of the last four or five seasons in the infirmary or playing with the reserves, it's a feat worthy of the league's top goalscorer.

Top goalscorers of the 2019/20 season - La Liga

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - 25 goals

In a manner of a comic book villain, Leo Messi is inevitable in La Liga's top goalscorer list. Despite missing out the major part of the early season and despite playing in the possible worst Barca of his career, Messi still managed to be the Pichichi. For the seventh time in his career.

The six-time Golden Shoe winner also managed to record 21 assists for his teammates and is the sole reason why the title race even seemed competitive. Messi was involved in a goal every 62 minutes he spent on the field. If France Football didn't give up from giving the Ballon d'Or this season the 33-year-old would once again be one of the main candidates.

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) - 21 goals

Real's ever dedicated worker was allowed to be the primary goalscorer once again when Cristiano Ronaldo left the team and for the second consecutive season he managed to bag 21 goals. That's his third time in La Liga but not his best tally as the 2015/2016 saw Benz score 24 times.

Yet, this year the 32-year-old probably had the biggest impact on the squad as he is one of the few that wasn't too old or too young in Real squad. Or not battling consistent injuries. Starting 36 matches, with his volleys, headers, and tap-ins, Benzema led the team to the only third title in the last 10 years.

Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) - 18 goals

Certainly, the least known player on this list of prolific finishers but Gerard Moreno shouldn't keep his head down around anyone as he outstruck Luis Suarez. In his second year with Villarreal, Moreno scored 18 times, 10 of which were the first goals of his team in matches. Additionally, Moreno isn't tasked with taking penalties for the Yellow Submarine and did so only once successfully.

So far, his best season was the one that recommended him to Villarreal when he scored 16 times playing for Espanyol. Prior to this season, the 28-year-old Spaniard scored only 51 goals in La Liga but in those years he didn't play with Santi Cazorla.

Top goalscorers of the 2019/20 season - Bundesliga

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) - 34 goals

Not only one of the top goalscorers of the 2019/2020 but officially the second-best finisher in Europe and the most deserving of the Ballon d'Or award this season all things considering. When it's the best goalscoring season of the undoubtedly one of the top five strikers of the 21st century, it was definitely a story to behold.

Twice so far in his career has the Pole reached the 30 mark, but this year he blew past it at the age of 31. Lewa managed to score 34 goals but played in only 31 games and scored a goal every 81 minutes. A perfect example of a committed professional, the continuation of the RL9 terror in Germany is to be expected.

Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) - 28 goals

For the better part of the season, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner was giving Robert Lewandowski a run for his money. Being a worthy competitor to Munich's star is even a greater achievement considering Leipzig utilizes multiple strikers while the Bavarians play almost exclusively with Lewa.

Scoring three hat-tricks, Werner is a hungry wolf always on the prowl for a bit of weakness in the defence line. This season dispersed any questions regarding the potential of the 24-year-old, if there were any. Certainly not for Chelsea, which was the fastest and bagged one of the most interesting signings in recent times.

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) - 17 goals

If we don't count Leo Messi and Cristiano, Sancho is the only non-striker on this list and that's what makes him so promising and enticing. That's exactly why Manchester United will once again pay heftily on the transfer market but few could blame them this time. As the 17 goals and 16 assists came in only his second full season of adult football and in a league with 34 matches.

At the age of 20, Sancho is the youngest man on this list with probably at least 10 to 12 years of pro football ahead of him if he avoids injuries and distractions. Will it continue in the Premier League or in the equally fast-paced Bundesliga, it almost doesn't matter.

Bonus inclusion: Erling Haaland

When we're talking about the 2019/2020 season and goalscorers it would be an injustice not to mention the peacefully crazy Erling Haaland. Reaching the shared sixth spot on the Bundesliga top scorers list despite spending only the second half of season at Westfalen, Haaland-mania swept the world.

Combined with his 16 goals in the Austrian Bundesliga during the first half of the season, and 10 goals in the Champions League, it's clear while Haaland deserves a nod.

But we have a hunch that Erling Haaland's place on future top goalscorers of the season lists will be a sure bet. 


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