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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.

Final standings: Messi tops Europe's leading league scorers
Final standings: Messi tops Europe's leading league scorers ©AFP/Getty Images

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

Alejandro Gómez

France

Russia

Portugal

Ukraine

Other European leagues (25+ goals)

GoalsMatchesPlayerClub
2835Pero PejićKukës
2716Kike GómezEuropa
27 -Otto JohnTrepça’89
27 -Marco MartiniLa Fiorita
2625Omar Er RafikDifferdange
2535Andrew MitchellDungannon

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