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Yalla Shoot :Erling Haaland stretches lead which he may never relinquish

Erling Haaland, Victor Osimhen and Marcus Rashford had dominated the list of top goalscorers in 2023, but consecutive hat-tricks put Karim Benzema right in the mix as well.

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 (12 goals)
All seven of his La Liga goals this season have come since 2022 became 2023. The goal that beat Portugal in the World Cup has clearly given him some confidence.


9) Kylian Mbappe – PSG (12 goals)
No goals in defeats to Bayern Munich, Rennes, Lyon or Nice kept him well off the pace in 2023, though Lens put him back on track.


8) Wissam Ben Yedder – Monaco (12 goals)
Twelve goals in 16 games for Ben Yedder, who needs just three more for a third successive 20-goal top-flight season.


7) Jonathan David – Lille (13 goals)
Matching Mbappe stride for stride in the Ligue Un top scorers list is the Canadian striker whose price tag is now north of £50m as Milan and Arsenal show interest.


6) Thijs Dallinga – Toulouse (13 goals)
Us neither. He’s Dutch, he cost them about £2m in the summer and although there has been some stat-padding against lower-league French sides in the cup, there have also been eight in the league.


5) Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon (13 goals)
There was a hat-trick against Chambery in the cup to boost the numbers but this is still a 19-goal Ligue 1 season for the 31-year-old.


4) Victor Osimhen – Napoli (15 goals)
Two more goals against Torino took the Nigerian striker to 15 goals from 15 games in 2023. It’s little wonder that he is so keenly sought by every big club in Europe. Nor that Napoli twice lost to Milan in his injury-enforced absence.


3) Marcus Rashford – Man Utd (17 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. Injury is curtailing him now.


2) Karim Benzema – Real Madrid (17 goals)
Back-to-back hat-tricks against Real Valladolid and Barcelona made it 19 goals in as many post-World Cup games for Karim Benzema, who drew a blank against Villarreal but then scored v Chelsea. Because of course he did.


1) Erling Haaland – Manchester City (20 goals)
A brace before being hooked at half-time against Leicester took him to 47 in his debut campaign for Man City. This is a ridiculous season from Haaland.

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