The 2022-23 season across Europe’s top leagues is now fully underway but the race to be 2022’s top goalscorer has been ongoing for over eight months.
And there’s plenty of time for some of the continent’s top strikers to push their way to the top of the highest goalscorers list for the calendar year.
Already, though, some familiar faces are leading the way. We’ve taken a look at the top 10 of the top goalscorers in Europe’s five major leagues – the Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Premier League – so far this calendar year.
Note: we’ve included 11 names to include all five players in joint seventh.
=7. Son Heung-min – 15 goals
He might not be off the mark this season just yet but Son has been in prolific form throughout 2022.
He’s got 15 in the Premier League this calendar year and the South Korea international was the joint-winner of last season’s Golden Boot.
Antonio Conte, it seems, has really been getting the best out of Son.
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=7. Ciro Immobile – 15 goals
Immobile scores goals. That’s what he does. And there’s no sign of him stopping.
The lethal Italian scored 14 since the start of January, adding to the 13 he netted before the New Year, which was enough to win him the Serie A Golden Boot last season.
And the 32-year-old scored the winner in Lazio’s opening weekend over Bologna to start the new campaign in a similar vein.
There is no denying that Immobile should now be mentioned amongst Europe’s best goal scorers. He’s hit at least 25 goals in three seasons since joining Lazio in 2016-17; the only other players to manage that are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.
=7. Wissam Ben Yedder – 15 goals
The first Ligue 1 representative on the list, Ben Yedder is enjoying his time on the French Riviera with Monaco.
His 15 goals in 2022 puts him right up there with some of the division’s best, though he’s not quite at the level of some of PSG’s attacking options.
=7. Karim Benzema – 15 goals
The best player in the world last season, Benzema already has three goals in 22-23 including two late strikes to beat Espanyol and maintain Madrid’s 100% start.
Don’t be surprised if he’s even further up this list at the end of the year.
=7. Erling Haaland – 15 goals
Four Premier League games, six Premier League goals; the guy is a machine.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 27, 2022
6. Neymar – 16 goals
While Neymar gets criticism for his playacting and extra-curricular activities, he’s been on fire throughout 2022 and PSG look even scarier because of it.
The Brazil international has already scored six goals this season, adding to the 10 he got in the second half of the last campaign, and his incredible form bodes well for his country’s bid to win their first World Cup in 20 years.
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=4. Harry Kane – 17 goals
Kane has won Spurs seven points in August with his goals against Chelsea, Wolves and Nottingham Forest and the England captain has been in superb form since Conte arrived at the club.
“Harry has to be our point of reference on the pitch at every moment, he has to be the leader for this team and I think he is working very well,” the Spurs boss said after Kane’s brace at Forest.
“He is totally involved in this project and to have him in this form makes us stronger and more confident.”
And Kane will back himself to top this list before 2022 comes to an end.
=4. Christopher Nkunku – 17 goals
Nkunku has been a revelation for RB Leipzig since joining from PSG in 2019.
Given he is not strictly a forward and operates more as a No.10, the Frenchman’s goal-scoring exploits are hugely impressive. He registered 13 Bundesliga goals between January and May, taking him to 20 for the campaign.
It’s no surprise that the Premier League’s richest clubs were linked with Nkunku this summer but he’s stayed in Germany and has already scored four league goals in 22-23.
3. Moussa Dembele – 18 goals
Another free-scoring Frenchman (there must be something in the water over there), Dembele has scored an incredible 18 goals in 2022.
It’s been a dramatic upturn in form for the ex-Celtic striker, too, although he was unable to prevent Lyon’s elimination by West Ham in last season’s Europa League quarter-final.
And the 26-year-old is yet to make an appearance this season because of injury – but expect him to bang in the goals when he returns.
2. Robert Lewandowski – 20 goals
Lewandowski has been one of the continent’s most devastatingly prolific striker for some time now, banging in goals at a terrifying rate for Bayern Munich.
After scoring 16 goals in the second half of 2021-22, the Poland international made a highly-publicised switch to Barcelona and already has four goals in three La Liga matches.
“Lewandowski? I think he’s an extraordinary player. He’s a natural leader and a born worker. He’s an example for the squad,” Xavi told reporters after his new signing’s brace against Valladolid.
“Lewandowski is happy and that’s the most important thing. He shows football maturity, he talks to young players.”
That sound you can hear is La Liga defenders audibly quivering at the prospect of facing the 34-year-old.
Robert Lewandowski already looks unstoppable for Barcelona! 🔥
A beautiful reverse assist from Dembele and Barca’s new No. 9 sees his backheel nestle in the corner with the help of a deflection 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/txTXGrGH84
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) August 28, 2022
1. Kylian Mbappe – 23 goals
Mbappe could be at the top of lists like this for years and years to come.
He’s surpassed Messi and Neymar as PSG’s top scorer last season, with 19 goals in 2022 taking his Ligue 1 total to 28.
And by now, the 23-year-old is very much PSG’s MVP – as evidenced by his four goals in just two league matches since the start of the current campaign.
He’ll take some catching.
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