What distinction does Cenk Tosun have apart from being the current leading goalscorer in the Spor Toto Super Lig in Turkey? Cenk Tosun is the currently only leading goalscorer in Europe’s top ten football leagues to play for the club leading his league. Who are the other nine leading goalscorers and who do they play for?
Spain: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez of Barcelona
The top goalscorers in the Primera Division of La Liga need no introduction to fans of football. Argentine Lionel Messi and Uruguayan Luis Suarez lead the goalscorer charts in Spain, having scored 16 times each for Barcelona FC. Messi has a marginally better goals to minutes to ratio while Suarez has one more assist than his teammate.
However, Barcelona lag one point behind perennial rivals Real Madrid in the title race with Los Merengues having played two games fewer. Madrid’s top goalscorer is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 13 goals in 1301 minutes played this season.
Germany: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in a class of his own this year, with 17 goals for his team making him the leader in the Golden Shoe standings. The Gabonese striker has been away from Germany taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations, returning at the end of January and restarting his goal form with one at the weekend in the 1-0 victory over RB Leipzig.
Borussia Dortmund lie in fourth place in the Bundesliga table, a massive 12 points behind habitual league leaders Bayern Munich. Their top goalscorer is Robert Lewandowski, who despite having played 138 minutes more than Aubameyang has scored two goals fewer with 15.
England: Romelu Lukaku of Everton
A bumper weekend saw Romelu Lukaku score four times in Everton’s 6-3 demolition of Bournemouth, catapulting him to the top of the goalscoring charts with 16 goals. It ended a two match scoreless streak and continued a run of four successive games he has scored in at Goodison Park in all competitions.
Everton lie in 7th place in the Premier League table, 19 points behind leaders Chelsea. Chelsea’s top scorer is Diego Costa, who has 15 goals this season having played 60 minutes less.
Italy: Dries Mertens of Napoli
Napoli’s Dries Mertens has had a barnstorming season, scoring 16 times for Napoli including a hat-trick in his last game, a 7-1 away win over Bologna. It was the third time he has scored three or more in a Serie A game, having scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 away win over Cagliari and then four at home in a 5-3 victory over Torino.
Napoli lie six points behind league leaders Juventus in second place having played one more game than the title-holders. Gonzalo Higuain of Juve is one of four players on 15 goals so far this season in Serie A, along with Mauro Icardi of Internazionale, Andrea Belotti of Torino and Edin Dzeko of Roma.
France: Edinson Cavani of Paris St Germain
PSG’s Edinson Cavani is one of Europe’s hottest strikers right now, with 22 goals so far this season. The 29-year-old Uruguayan forward has scored in his last three Ligue 1 games, with his latest goal in the 3-1 away win against Dijon.
However, title favourites PSG remain three points behind Monaco in the race for the Ligue 1 title, level on points with Nice. The principality’s leading scorer is Falcao, who is amassive eight goals behind Cavani in the top goalscorer race.
Portugal: Bas Dost of Sporting CP
Dutchman Bas Dost is enjoying his time in Portugal, having scored an impressive 16 times this season since his move from Wolfsburg. Although he failed to score in Sporting’s 2-1 defeat to Porto, Dost had scored eight times in his previous five Portuguese Liga fixtures.
The defeat to Porto left Sporting third in the table, ten points behind Benfica and potentially out of title contention. Benfica’s top scorer is Pizzi, who with eight has only half the number of goals Dost has scored.
Russia: Fyodor Smolov of Krasnodar
The Russian Premier League is on hiatus for winter at the moment but it’s leading scorer is Fyodor Smolov, having scored 10 goals for Krasnodar in just 12 games. However, Krasnodar lie in fifth place in the league, some 12 points behind league leaders Spartak Moscow.
Spartak’s leading scorer is Dutch winger Quincy Promes, who has just six goals. The Russian Premier League begins again on March 2, with Krasnodar hosting Spartak Moscow being the pick of that round of matches.
Ukraine: Junior Moraes of Dynamo Kyiv
The Ukranian Premier League is also on winter hiatus, with Junior Moraes of Dynamo Kyiv the leading scorer having scored 10 goals in sixteen games.
However, his team lie second in the Ukranian Premier League a massive 13 points behind leaders Shakhtar Donetsk. Ferreyra is Shakhtar’s leading scorer with eight. The Ukrainian Premier League restarts at the end of February with Dinamo Kyiv facing Zorya Luhansk away next.
Belgium: Łukasz Teodorczyk of Anderlecht
Polish forward Łukasz Teodorczyk has had a great season since coming to Belgian side, scoring 17 goals in 24 games. Although he has not scored in Anderlecht’s last two games he had scored four times in four games previous to that in a run of four straight victories.
Anderlecht trail Club Brugge in the table by three points with 25 games played. Club Brugge’s top scorer is Jelle Vossen, who is three goals behind Teodorczyk having played a game more.
Turkey: Cenk Tosun of Besiktas
Cenk Tosun is the only leading goalscorer in Europe to also play for a league-leading club. Cenk Tosun has scored 15 goals in 19 games this season, six goals ahead of Yasin Oztekin of Galatasaray and Riad Bajic of Atiker Konyaspor. Besiktas lead the table by two points from Istanbul Basaksehir with 19 rounds played.
Will this amazing statistic be in place for the remainder of the season? Or will we see changes in top goalscorers and top teams? Only time will tell.