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.
Marcus Rashford is the early frontrunner in 2023.
The criteria: All club goals in all competitions for clubs in top five leagues.
10) Randal Kolo Muani – Eintracht Frankfurt (6 goals)
Strongly linked with Manchester United and Liverpool and it’s little wonder; the Frenchman scored four goals last week.
9) Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan (7 goals)
Seven goals. Nine games. Three different competitions. He has taken well to being a World Cup winner.
8) Jonathan David – Lille (7 goals)
The Canadian has scored a brace against Strasbourg to take him to the 14-goal mark for the Ligue Un season – one ahead of 2022 king Kylian Mbappe.
7) Ademola Lookman – Atalanta (7 goals)
He has already scored more goals this season for Atalanta than in two on-loan Premier League seasons at Fulham and Leicester City. A goal every 81 minutes in 2023, is it?
6) Thijs Dallinga – Toulouse (7 goals)
Us neither. He’s Dutch, he cost them about £2m in the summer and although there was some stat-padding against a fifth-tier French side in the cup, there have been five in seven in the league.
5) Youssef En-Nesyri – Sevilla (7 goals)
A hat-trick against Linares was less impressive than strikes against Osasuna and Elche (his first of the season in La Liga) but we don’t expect him to stay in the upper reaches of this list for long.
4) Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon (8 goals)
There was a hat-trick against Chambery to boost the numbers but this is still a 14-goal Ligue Un season for Lacazette.
3) Victor Osimhen – Napoli (8 goals)
Eight goals in seven Serie A games in 2023 have catapulted him to the top of the Serie A goalscoring charts and into the attentions of Europe’s big clubs, with Manchester United said to be very interested in the Nigerian as a long-term striker solution.
2) Wissam Ben Yedder – Monaco (8 goals)
Two goals in a brilliant 3-1 win over PSG made it 14 Ligue Un goals for the season for the man who could not even make the French squad for the World Cup.
1) Marcus Rashford – Manchester United (10 goals)
Nine goals in 12 games. The man is on fire. And stop bringing him into the Mason Greenwood coverage, please.