Lionel Messi is joined by Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, and Edinson Cavani as the familiar names topping the scoring charts in Europe’s top five leagues.
The surprise name joining this quartet of strikers is Ciro Immobile, with the Lazio striker in sublime form that makes him the favourite to end the Serie A season as top scorer. He’s five ahead of closest competitor Mauro Icardi.
Messi has 22 goals, two more than Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez, with the race for La Liga’s top scorer down to being between the two of them despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s resurgence.
Kane, of course, is in a tight race for the Premier League Golden Boot, with his 24 goals just one more than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah while Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has 21.
In France, Edinson Cavani was being run close by his PSG teammate Neymar, but the latter’s injury means it’s unlikely anyone will catch the Uruguayan, who’s currently on 24 goals, like Kane.
Similarly, Robert Lewandowski looks to have the Bundesliga race sewn up, with his 20 goals seven more than the next-highest – and that’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who’s since left for the Premier League.
Here’s a look at the top five scorers in each of Europe’s top five leagues.
Leading scorers, Premier League
Harry Kane (Tottenham), 24 goals
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), 23
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), 21
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), 15
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), 13
Leading scorers, La Liga
Lionel Messi (Barcelona), 22 goals
Luis Suarez (Barcelona), 20
Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), 16
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), 14
Maxi Gomez (Celta Vigo), 13
Leading scorers, Serie A
Ciro Immobile (Lazio), 23 goals
Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), 18
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria), 17
Dries Mertens (Napoli), 16
Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), 14
Leading scorers, Bundesliga
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), 20 goals
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Arsenal), 13
Nils Petersen (Freiburg), 12
Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), 11
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), 10
Leading scorers, Ligue 1
Edinson Cavani (PSG), 24 goals
Neymar (PSG), 19
Radamel Falcao (Monaco), 17
Nabil Fekir (Lyon), 16
Mariano (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), 15
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar faces “at least six weeks” out with a fractured bone in his foot and will miss next week’s return leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid, his father said on Tuesday.
“PSG know that they will not be able to count on Neymar for the upcoming matches: his treatment will last six to eight weeks, whether there is an operation or not,” Neymar senior told ESPN Brasil.
The Brazilian star suffered the injury, as well as a twisted ankle, in an innocuous looking incident towards the end of Sunday’s 3-0 league victory over bitter rivals Marseille.
PSG coach Unai Emery said earlier on Tuesday that “no decision” had been made regarding an operation, denying an earlier report in the Brazilian press that the world’s most expensive player would go under the knife to repair the cracked bone in his right foot.
Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte had claimed a decision had been reached for Neymar to undergo surgery, and that the 26-year-old would be sidelined until May.
Paris St Germain manager Unai Emery has rejected claims that Neymar requires an operation on a foot injury.
The Brazilian sprained his right ankle and cracked his fifth metatarsal during Sunday night’s Ligue 1 victory over Marseille.
Reports had suggested the former Barcelona forward needed to go under the knife to correct the problem and was set to be sidelined for up to two months.
But Emery ended the speculation at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, where he was previewing Wednesday night’s Coupe de France quarter-final against Marseille.
“The information that Neymar will be operated on is false,” said Emery, quoted by L’Equipe.
“I spoke with the doctor on Tuesday morning and he explained to me what the exams revealed. I also talked about it with Antero (Henrique, the sporting director), the president and the player.”
Emery also refused to rule Neymar out of the Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid, who hold a 3-1 lead, in Paris next Tuesday.
“Neymar is the first who wants to play every game, for Real Madrid , he is very focused,” Emery added.
“I think there’s a little option that he’s ready for the game.”
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