Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski is holding off the challenge of Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
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Robert Lewandowski is leading the race to become the top scorer playing in Europe for club and country in 2019 as he tops a stellar cast including Lionel Messi, Raheem Sterling and Kylian Mbappé with just a few games to go.
The Bayern striker finished third behind Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo last year but has turned the tables this time after passing a half century of goals. Barring an incredible run lower down the list, the only man who can deny Lewandowski is a certain Barcelona forward.
Top scorers in 2019
51 goals from 55 games: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München & Poland)
49 goals from 55 games: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
39 goals from 46 games: Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain & France)
38 goals from 58 games: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England)
37 goals from 52 games: Alfredo Morelos (Rangers & Colombia)
36 goals from 46 games: Andraž Šporar (Slovan Bratislava & Slovenia)
36 goals from 47 games: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus & Portugal)
35 goals from 45 games: Erik Sorga (Flora & Estonia)
35 goals from 49 games: Sergio Agüero (Manchester City & Argentina)
34 goals from 43 games: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur & England)
34 goals from 47 games: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
34 goals from 58 games: Sadio Mané (Liverpool & Senegal)
31 goals from 43 games: Kamil Wilczek (Brøndby)
31 goals from 55 games: Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP & Portugal)
31 goals from 59 games: Dušan Tadić (Ajax & Serbia)
*For European top-flight club (excluding friendlies) and senior international team
Last updated: 12 December 2019
Roll of honour: last ten years
2018: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) 51 goals from 54 games
2017: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur & England) 56 goals from 52 games
2016: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) 59 goals from 62 games
2015: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal) 57 goals from 57 games
2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal) 61 goals from 60 games
2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal) 69 goals from 59 games
2012: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) 91 goals from 69 games
2011: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal) 60 goals from 60 games
2010: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) 60 goals from 64 games
2009: Edin Džeko (Wolfsburg & Bosnia and Herzegovina) 44 goals from 55 games
Does Lewandowski get your vote?
Lewandowski has been shortlisted among the forwards for the UEFA.com fans' Team of the Year 2019 along with Messi, Ronaldo, Sterling, Mbappé, Kane, Mané and eight other players. But you can only choose two or three so who is it to be?