Who are the top scorers in Europe this season?

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

Robert Lewandowski is the top men's UEFA group stage scorer this season
Robert Lewandowski is the top men's UEFA group stage scorer this season ©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 the player top of the ESM Golden Shoe rankings?

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

ESM Golden Shoe standings

Barcelona's Lionel Messi
Barcelona's Lionel Messi©Getty Images

42 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP) – 21 goals x 2 league multiplier
36 Kylian Mbappé (Paris, FRA) – 18 x 2
34 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, ITA) – 17 x 2
32 Edinson Cavani (Paris, FRA) – 16 x 2
32 Nicolas Pépé (LOSC Lille, FRA) – 16 x 2
32 Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria, ITA) – 16 x 2
32 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, ENG) – 16 x 2
31 Liliu (Nõmme Kalju, EST) – 31 x 1
30 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, ENG) – 15 x 2
30 Zakaria Beglarishvili (Flora Tallinn, EST) – 30 x 1
30 Mbaye Diagne (Kasımpaşa/Galatasaray, TUR) – 20 x 1.5
30 Paulinho (Häcken, SWE) – 20 x 1.5
30 Luis Suárez (Barcelona, ESP) – 15 x 2
30 Duván Zapata (Atalanta, ITA) – 15 x 2

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

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)

All of Robert Lewandowski's #UCL goals
All of Robert Lewandowski's #UCL goals

8 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern, UEFA Champions League)
6 Munas Dabbur (Salzburg, UEFA Europa League)
6 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, UEFA Champions League)
5 Neymar (Paris, UEFA Champions League)
5 Paulo Dybala (Juventus, UEFA Champions League)
5 Edin Džeko (Roma, UEFA Champions League)
5 Luka Jović (Eintracht Frankfurt, UEFA Europa League)
5 Andrej Kramarić (Hoffenheim, UEFA Champions League)
5 Moussa Marega (Porto, UEFA Champions League)
5 Dušan Tadić (Ajax, UEFA Champions League)

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

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

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

10 Munas Dabbur (Salzburg and Israel)
9 Ally Mbwana Samatta (Genk)
9 Dušan Tadić (Ajax and Serbia)
9 Ivan Tričkovski (AEK Larnaca and FYR Macedonia)
8 Edin Džeko (Roma and Bosnia and Herzegovina)
8 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern and Poland)

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)

31 Liliu (Nõmme Kalju, EST)
30 Zakaria Beglarishvili (Flora Tallinn, EST)
29 Patrick Hoban (Dundalk, IRL)
27 Roman Debelko (Levadia Tallinn, EST)
23 Liviu Antal (Žalgiris Vilnius, LTU)
22 Budu Zivzivadze (Dinamo Tblisi, GEO)
21 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP)
21 Klauss (HJK Helsinki, FIN)
21 Tristan Koskor (Tammeka Tartu, EST)

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

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

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

21 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP)
18 Kylian Mbappé (Paris, FRA)
17 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, ITA)
16 Edinson Cavani (Paris, FRA)
16 Nicolas Pépé (LOSC Lille, FRA)
16 Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria, ITA)
16 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, ENG)
15 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, ENG)
15 Luis Suárez (Barcelona, ESP)
15 Duván Zapata (Atalanta, ITA)

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

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

32 Liliu (Nõmme Kalju)
32 Patrick Hoban (Dundalk)
30 Zakaria Beglarishvili (Flora Tallinn)
30 Roman Debelko (Levadia Tallinn)
29 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
28 Budu Zivzivadze (Dinamo Tblisi)
26 Ally Mbwana Samatta (Genk)
26 Liviu Antal (Žalgiris Vilnius)
24 Klauss (HJK Helsinki)
24 Kylian Mbappé (Paris and France)
24 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)
24 Joe Gormley (Cliftonville)

ESM Golden Shoe winners in last ten European seasons

Cristiano Ronaldo's group stage highlights
Cristiano Ronaldo's group stage highlights

2017/18 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP) – 34 x 2 = 68
2016/17 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP) – 37 x 2 = 74
2015/16 Luis Suárez (Barcelona, ESP) – 40 x 2 = 80
2014/15 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, ESP) – 48 x 2 = 96
2013/14 Luis Suárez (Liverpool, ENG) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, ESP) – 31 x 2 = 62
2012/13 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP) – 46 x 2 = 92
2011/12 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP) – 50 x 2 = 100
2010/11 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, ESP) – 40 x 2 = 80
2009/10 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, ESP) – 34 x 2 = 68
2008/09 Diego Forlán (Atlético, ESP) – 32 x 2 = 64

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