The top 10 scorers in Europe’s major leagues in 2022: Mbappe, Neymar…

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.

=10. Neymar – 18 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 eight 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.

Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Lille OSC and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on August 21, 2022 in Lille, France.

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=10. Son Heung-min – 18 goals

The Tottenham forward scored 15 goals in the latter half of last season. He hasn’t looked quite as on it so far in 2022-23, save for a rabid 30-minute cameo against Leicester City in which he scored a sensational hat-trick.

He’s got 18 in the Premier League this calendar year and the South Korea international was the joint-winner of last season’s Golden Boot. He’ll back himself to start scoring consistently again soon.

=8. Ciro Immobile – 19 goals

Immobile scores goals. That’s what he does. And there’s no sign of him stopping.

The lethal Italian scored 18 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.

=8. Wissam Ben Yedder – 19 goals

The first Ligue 1 representative on the list, Ben Yedder is enjoying his time on the French Riviera with Monaco.

His 19 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.

=8. Moussa Dembele – 19 goals

Another free-scoring Frenchman (there must be something in the water over there), Dembele has scored an incredible 19 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.

That record is especially impressive when you consider the 26-year-old has only made a couple of starts in an injury-hit 2022-23 so far.

5. Christopher Nkunku – 20 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.

He’s already up to seven goals for 2022-23 and now looks the Bundesliga’s most dangerous player following the departures of Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski. By all accounts, Chelsea have already bagged his services – he should be a hell of a signing.

4. Harry Kane – 21 goals

The England captain has been in superb form since Antonio Conte arrived at Tottenham last season.

It’s flown under the radar somewhat in comparison to a giant Norwegian robot that’s arrived in the Premier League over the summer, but eight goals in nine games is a fine return – especially for a striker that usually starts a season slowly.

“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 Nottingham Forest.

“He is totally involved in this project and to have him in this form makes us stronger and more confident.”

3. Erling Haaland – 24 goals

Nine Premier League games, 15 Premier League goals; the guy is a machine.

2. Robert Lewandowski – 25 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 nine goals in eight 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.

1. Kylian Mbappe – 27 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, and he’s out in front of everyone else this calendar year with 27 league goals.

And by now, the 23-year-old is very much PSG’s MVP – as evidenced by his eight goals in nine league matches since the start of the current campaign.

He’ll take some catching.

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