Top scorers in 2023: Lacazette is closest challenger to Erling Haaland now

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Alexandre Lacazette Credit: Alamy
Alexandre Lacazette Credit: Alamy

Erling Haaland is ahead of Kylian Mbappe but top scorer of 2022 is slowly closing the goal gap on 2023’s current leader, with Karim Benzema in between.

Kylian 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.

The criteria: All club goals in all competitions for clubs in Europe’s top five leagues.


10) Youssef En-Nesyri – Sevilla (16 goals)
Only an eight-goal La Liga season for the Moroccan, who destroyed Manchester United in the Europa League.


9) Jonathan David – Lille (17 goals)
Ending a fine season with a strike v Marseille and two v Nantes, which heightens the chances of him landing at a mid-table Premier League club near you.


8) Harry Kane – Spurs (18 goals)
The fraudulent one-season wonder has produced a 30-goal Premier League campaign for this Tottenham team. Is he actually… good? His stats this season are ridiculous.


7) Marcus Rashford – Man Utd (19 goals)
The Tories’ least favourite football personality not named Gary Lineker is thriving. The youngest English or Man Utd player to score 25 goals in European competition is not half bad.


6) Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan (20 goals)
After going eight games without a goal between early March and mid-April, Martinez has scored 10 and assisted three more in 12 games for the shock Champions League finalists. No wonder he is being linked with Manchester United.


5) Victor Osimhen – Napoli (20 goals)
Scored the title-clinching equaliser against Udinese, then one more for good measure in the procession of a win over Fiorentina, before adding his 24th and 25th Serie A goals of the season v Bologna.


4) Kylian Mbappe – PSG (20 goals)
No goals in defeats to Bayern Munich, Rennes, Lyon or Nice has kept him well off the pace in 2023, though nine goals in the last seven Ligue Un games has put the bully back on a flat track. Still has his nose in front in the French top scorers chart. Just.


3) Karim Benzema – Real Madrid (21 goals)
A hat-trick of hat-tricks in April against Real Valladolid, Barcelona and Almeria for a player who only continues to improve at 35. But he was toothless v Manchester City.


2) Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon (21 goals)
Scoring one of two four-goal hauls – poor Elye Wahi – in a ludicrous game between Lyon and Montpellier has certainly boosted the numbers of Lacazette, who is challenging Mbappe for the Ligue Un Golden Boot.


1) Erling Haaland – Manchester City (25 goals)
A 52-goal debut campaign. This is a ridiculous season from Haaland.

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