Kylian Mbappe was the king of 2022 and he now has his sights on Marcus Rashford along with Erling Haaland. But a Man Utd striker target is in second place.
Mbappe led the 2022 top goalscorers list by six goals from the old man at Barcelona. But he could not win France the World Cup, the daft fraud.
Rashford is the early frontrunner in 2023.
The criteria: All club goals in all competitions for clubs in top five leagues.
10) Karim Benzema – Real Madrid (10 goals)
Nine in 13 games at the age of 35, with three in two last-16 legs against Liverpool particularly sweet for the Ballon d’Or holder.
9) Youssef En-Nesyri – Sevilla (10 goals)
All five of his La Liga goals this season have come since 2022 became 2023. Happy New Year, fella.
8) Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon (10 goals)
There was a hat-trick against Chambery to boost the numbers but a brace against Lille on Friday night sees the Lyon skipper climb the list. That’s 16 Ligue 1 goals for the 31-year-old.
7) Thijs Dallinga – Toulouse (11 goals)
Us neither. He’s Dutch, he cost them about £2m in the summer and although there has been some stat-padding against lower-league French sides in the cup, there have also been seven in the league.
6) Kylian Mbappe – PSG (11 goals)
The champion of 2022 is starting to make a mark on 2023, with six goals in his last four Ligue Un games. None against Bayern in the Champions League, though.
5) Wissam Ben Yedder – Monaco (11 goals)
Eleven goals in 12 games for Ben Yedder, who needs just four more for a third successive 20-goal top-flight season.
4) Erling Haaland – Manchester City (12 goals)
Five goals v RB Leipzig made it 39 for the season. In March. This is a ridiculous season from Haaland.
3) Jonathan David – Lille (12 goals)
A hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Lyon on Friday night saw the Canadian leapfrog Kylian Mbappe in the Ligue 1 top-scorers list. That’s now seven goals in his last five games for Lille.
2) Victor Osimhen – Napoli (13 goals)
Serie A’s top scorer drew a blank against Lazio and Atalanta, bringing to an end a run of goals in eight consecutive games. The massive fraud. But two goals in the Champions League to knock out Eintracht Frankfurt were a return to form for the Man Utd target.
1) Marcus Rashford – Man Utd (16 goals)
Sixteen goals in 21 games for the Tories’ least favourite football personalty not named Gary Lineker. The youngest English or Man Utd player to score 25 goals in European competition is not half bad.
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