Final standings: Messi tops Europe's leading league scorers

Barcelona may have been edged in the race for Liga honours, but once again there was personal glory for Lionel Messi after he ended Europe-wide top scorer.

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Lionel Messi could not hold on to be the campaign's top UEFA Champions League marksman, but has finished as the top scorer in Europe's top domestic leagues for 2016/17.

Messi's tally of 37 goals from 34 Liga outings proved to be insurmountable. Edinson Cavani and Bas Dost came second and third respectively, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski the only other players to hit 30 or more.

The leading eight scorers (seven nationalities) all ply their trade in one of Europe's top seven leagues according to UEFA coefficient rankings. Yet the most prolific striker of the 2016/17 season was found in Gibraltar, where Spanish youngster Kike Gómez netted 27 in 16 appearances for Europa – a return of 1.7 goals per game.

Overall top scorers in Europe

Spain

Germany

England

Italy

France

Russia

Portugal

Goals Matches Players Club
34 31 Bas Dost Sporting CPSporting CP
19 31 Francisco Soares PortoPorto
16  28  Kostas Mitroglou BenficaBenfica 
16 32 André Silva PortoPorto
13 19 Jonas BenficaBenfica
13 25 Moussa Marega GuimarãesGuimarães
11 26 Rui Fonte BragaBraga
11 28 Welthon Fiel Sampaio Paços FerreiraPaços Ferreira
10 33 Pizzi BenficaBenfica

Ukraine

Other European leagues (25+ goals)

Goals Matches Player Club
28 35 Pero Pejić KukësKukës
27 16 Kike Gómez EuropaEuropa
27  - Otto John Trepça’89
27  - Marco Martini La FioritaLa Fiorita
26 25 Omar Er Rafik DifferdangeDifferdange
25 35 Andrew Mitchell DungannonDungannon