Who are the top scorers in Europe this season?

Europe's top scorer: is it Olivier Giroud, Munas Dabbur, Lionel Messi or Nõmme Kalju's Liliu?

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals ©Getty Images

There are a number of different metrics for calculating the top scorer in Europe this season; is it the top domestic league scorer, the top UEFA competition scorer or some other combination?

There are merits to every means of counting; join us as we explore the key leaderboards.

ESM Golden Shoe standings

Watch Messi magic in the round of 16
Watch Messi magic in the round of 16

66 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP) – 33 goals x 2 league multiplier
54 Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA) – 27 x 2
44 Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria, ITA) – 22 x 2
42 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München, GER) – 21 x 2
42 Krzysztof Piątek (Genoa/AC Milan, ITA) – 21 x 2
40 Luis Suárez (Barcelona, ESP) – 20 x 2
40 Duván Zapata (Atalanta, ITA) – 20 x 2
38 Sergio Agüero (Manchester City, ENG) – 19 x 2
38 Nicolas Pépé (LOSC Lille, FRA) – 19 x 2
38 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, ITA) – 19 x 2
38 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, ENG) – 19 x 2
36
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, ENG) 18 x 2
36
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, ESP) 18 x 2
36
Sadio Mané (Liverpool, ENG) – 18 x 2
36
Christian Stuani (Girona, ESP) – 18 x 2
36
Robert Skov (København, DEN) – 24 x 1.5
34.5 Mbaye Diagne (Kasımpaşa/Galatasaray, TUR) – 23 x 1.5

2017/18 winner: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP) – 68, 34 x 2

How the figures are calculated
The ESM Golden Shoe rankings are based on league goals scored multiplied by a figure denoting the difficulty ranking of each league, which is calculated using the UEFA coefficient list. Only the top five leagues have a x2 multiplier; middle ranked leagues have a x1.5 multiplier, while the lower-ranked leagues are x1.

Top scorers in 2018/19 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League (group stage to final)

Olivier Giroud has been in the goals in Europe for Chelsea
Olivier Giroud has been in the goals in Europe for Chelsea©AFP/Getty Images

10 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, UEFA Champions League)
10 
Olivier Giroud (Chelsea, UEFA Europa League)
8 Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla, UEFA Europa League)
8 Munas Dabbur (Salzburg, UEFA Europa League)
8 Luka Jović (Eintracht Frankfurt, UEFA Europa League)
8 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München, UEFA Champions League)
6 Sergio Agüero (Manchester City, UEFA Champions League)
6 Moussa Marega (Porto, UEFA Champions League)
6 Dušan Tadić (Ajax, UEFA Champions League)
6 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, UEFA Champions League)

2017/18 winner: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League) – 15

Top scorers in 2018/19 men's senior UEFA football competitions (including UEFA Nations League, UEFA Super Cup, European Qualifiers and club competition qualifying)

Salzburg's Munas Dabbur
Salzburg's Munas Dabbur©Getty Images

13 Munas Dabbur (Salzburg and Israel)
13 Olivier Giroud (Chelsea and France)
11 Dušan Tadić (Ajax and Serbia)
10 Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla)
10 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
9 Ally Mbwana Samatta (Genk)
9 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München and Poland)
9 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City and England)
9 Ivan Trickovski (AEK Larnaca and North Macedonia)
8 Edin Džeko (Roma and Bosnia & Herzegovina)
8 Konstantinos Fortounis (Olympicos & Greece)
8 Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid & France)
8 Luka Jović (Eintracht Frankfurt & Serbia)
8 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur & England)
8 Andrej Kramarić (Hoffenheim & Croatia)
8 Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla)
8 Leandro Trossard (Genk)

2017/18 winner: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal) – 15

Top scorers in Europe's 2018/19 domestic leagues (including completed 2018 seasons in some nations)

Mbappé has passed 25 goals for the season
Mbappé has passed 25 goals for the season©Getty Images

33 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP)
31
Liliu (Nõmme Kalju, EST)*
30 Zakaria Beglarishvili (Flora Tallinn, EST)*
29 Patrick Hoban (Dundalk, IRL)*
27 Roman Debelko (Levadia Tallinn, EST)*
27 Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA)
26 Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven, NED)
24 Robert Skov (København, DEN)
23 Liviu Antal (Žalgiris Vilnius, LTU)*
23 Mbaye Diagne (Kasimpasa/Galatasaray, TUR)
22 Giorgi Gabedava (Chikhuram, GEO)*
22 Dušan Tadić (Ajax, NED)
22 Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria, ITA)
22 Budu Zivzivadze (Dinamo Tblisi, GEO)*

*completed 2018 calendar year season

2017/18 winner: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP) – 34

Top scorers in Europe's 2018/19 top five domestic leagues

Messi's group stage highlights
Messi's group stage highlights

33 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP)
27 Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA)
22 Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria, ITA)
21 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München, GER)
20 Krysztof Piatek (Genoa/AC Milan, ITA)
20 Luis Suárez (Barcelona, ESP)
20 Duván Zapata (Atalanta, ITA)
19 Sergio Agüero (Manchester City, ENG)
19 Nicolas Pépé (LOSC Lille, FRA)
19 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, ITA)
19 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, ENG)
18 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, ENG)
18 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, ESP)
18 Sadio Mané (Liverpool, ENG)
18 Christian Stuani (Girona, ESP)

2017/18 winner: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP) – 34

Top scorers in Europe in all domestic and UEFA club competitions for 2018/19 (including completed 2018 seasons in some nations)

All of Lewandowski's Champions League goals
All of Lewandowski's Champions League goals

44 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
35 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München)
33 Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain)
33 Munas Dabbur (Salzburg)
32 Liliu (Nõmme Kalju)*
32 Dušan Tadić (Ajax)
31 Patrick Hoban (Dundalk)*
30 Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)
30 Liviu Antal (Žalgiris Vilnius)* 
30 Zakaria Beglarishvili (Flora Tallinn)*
30 Roman Debelko (Levadia Tallinn)*
30 Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
29 Ally Mbwana Samatta (Genk)
29 Alfredo Morelos (Rangers)
29 Mbwana Samatta (Genk)

*completed 2018 calendar year season

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