With all the leagues around Europe now over, we take a look at the top 5 leagues in Europe – The English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1 and the German Bundesliga, bringing you the top scorers from them. You guessed right – It’s another Messi-Ronaldo top 2 finish.
The 20 Goal Club
Dimitar Berbatov, Manchester United
Funny, the Premier League’s joint top scorer didn’t even dress up for the Champions League Final. The 30 million pound man purchased from Tottenham in 2008 produced his best season for Manchester United, scoring 20 league goals in 32 matches. Somehow, it seemed that his stature at the club diminished as the season went on.
Carlos Tevez, Manchester City
It’s something in the Manchester air I guess. Tevez, like Berbatov, had a fantastic season. Despite another 20+ goal season and leading City to their first ever Champions League berth finish, it seems the Argentinian striker isn’t happy at Eastlands or with his manager, even talking about returning to Boca.
Sergio Aguero, Atletico Madrid
Or maybe it’s an Argentinian thing? Well, I can partially understand Aguero. With the current state of affairs in the La Liga, Atletico aren’t challenging for titles anytime soon. Aguero took the team on his shoulders while Forlan was suffering from post-World Cup syndrome, qualifying for the Europa League. He wants bigger, better. There are plenty of rumors running around, and it seems the tides are take taking Aguero away from Atletico after five seasons and more than 100 goals.
Alvaro Negredo, Sevilla
The Madrid born striker just wants to play for Real Madrid, but despite being part of the squad a few times, he always get sold somewhere. During his second season with Sevilla Negredo enjoyed his finest season, scoring 20 goals, including a wild finish, netting 10 goals in the final nine matches. Good enough for Real next season?
Alessandro Matri, Juventus
A dream season for Matri, on his way to bigger and better. He impressed again for Cagliari, scoring 11 goals in 22 matches before being snatched by Juventus in a deal that could reach 16 million Euro. Matri scored 9 goals in 16 matches for Juve, also earning his first call up for the Italian national team.
Samuel Eto’o, Inter Milan – 21 Goals
The Cameroonian striker flourished without Jose Mourinho’s limiting tactics. Too bad it didn’t help him win any titles except for the Italian Cup, with Eto’o scoring two. I wonder which way he prefers it. He was the only player functioning during the Benitez tenure and kept on going strong all season, which wasn’t enough to win another title for Inter.
Tied at 22
Papiss Demba Cisse, Freiburg
A very promising 2009-2010 season, scoring 14 goals for Metz and Freiburg developed into a stunning 2010-2011, helping Freiburg finish 9th in the Bundesliga. Cisse, born in Senegal, spent most of his career in France Ligue 2. Finishing second on the Bundesliga scoring charts will probably bring Cisse to England and more money, according to the rumors.
Kevin Gameiro, Lorient
The small French striker finished his third straight season as Lorient’s leading scorer and in double figures. With 22 goals this year and also a part of the French national squad, it seems there is no keeping Gameiro from leaving to a bigger club, despite Loic Fery’s reluctance to sell him.
Moussa Sow, Lille – 25 Goals
On his debut season with Lille after a very unimpressive time at Rennes, Sow exploded under Rudi Garcia, like his entire team, leading Lille to their first title since 1954. His first goal came against his former club, ironically.
Edinson Cavani, Napoli – 26 Goals
The 24 year old Uruguayan international was incredible for Napoli on his debut season there. Used to the south (came from Palermo), Cavani was right at home, right away, helping Napoli to a third place finish and a chance to play for the first time in the club’s history in the Champions League. Last week Napoli signed Cavani on a five year contract.
28 Goal Club
Antonio Di Natale, Udinese – 28 Goals
At 33, Antonio Di Natale seems to keep getting better. He put the bad World Cup behind him and kept on scoring for Udinese. The team from Udine had a rough start to the season but manged to finish fourth, in a position to qualify for the Champions League next season. Di Natale passed the 100 league goals mark for the club, making it 110 since arriving in 2004. Earlier this season he managed to score two hat tricks against Lecce and Napoli in a two week span. He scored his third HT of the season during the 7-0 away thrashing of Palermo. Eventually, he won his second consecutive Serie A scoring title.
Mario Gomez, Bayern Munich
Mario Gomez had a rough first year with Bayern Munich, scoring only 10 league goals, not enough from a 35 million Euro man. This year, the investment started paying off. Bayern missed out on the title, but Gomez scored 28 league goals and 39 in all competitions. He scored five hat tricks during the season and finished on a tear with 12 goals in the final 7 matches, winning the Bundesliga scoring title for the first time.
Lionel Messi, Barcelona – 31 Goals
No Pichichi this year for Messi, but pretty much everything else. Messi scored 31 league goals in 33 matches and 53 goals in all competitions. His tally for Barca, a month before his 24th birthday? 180 goals in 269 matches. It was just another year in which Messi cemented his place at the top of the pile, the best player in the world, one of the greatest of all time.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid – 40 Goals
If there was one man who could beat Messi to his second consecutive scoring title in Spain, it was Ronaldo. He wasn’t going to win the League or the Champions League, so he might as well beat Messi at something individual – 11 goals in the last 4 matches. Two four-goal games this season, four more hat tricks. Ronaldo scored 53 goals in all competitions and his scoring record for Real Madrid stands at 66 league goals in 63 matches. Sometimes, it just seems too easy for him in Spain. Next year, a scoring title won’t be enough. He wants it all.