Messi or Ronaldo? The Top 20 scorers of 2017

first_imgGoal 50 Messi, Ronaldo & the Top 20 scorers of 2017 Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(29) Ronaldo Messi Split Getty/Goal Goal 50 Lionel Messi Real Madrid Barcelona UEFA Champions League Primera División Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 PSG Tottenham Hotspur Borussia Dortmund Napoli Roma Lazio Sporting CP Cristiano Ronaldo Harry Kane Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Edin Džeko Robert Lewandowski Stats Ahead of the unveiling of the Goal 50 on Tuesday, we run through the most prolific players from across the globe since the turn of the year On Tuesday, the 2017 Goal 50 will be unveiled, our annual list of the 50 best players in the world.Cristiano Ronaldo claimed last year’s prize and is in contention to retain his crown after firing Real Madrid to a Liga and Champions League double last season.The forward’s goals also played a key role in Portugal’s qualification for next summer’s World Cup in Russia but how many did he actually net in 2017? Interestingly, not as many as Lionel Messi or Robert Lewandowski. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Indeed, Barcelona and Argentina ace Messi has scored more than any other player this year, 51 for club and country combined, to be precise – and in just 56 games to boot.Messi 15/4 to be CL top scorer No. Player Total Games Total Goals 1 Lionel Messi 56 51 2 Robert Lewandowski 46 47 3 Harry Kane 42 45 4 Cristiano Ronaldo 51 45 5 Edinson Cavani 51 44 6 Dragan Boskovic 37 41 7 Jaja Coelho 49 38 8 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 45 37 9 Ciro Immobile 47 37 10 Bas Dost 43 35 11 Romelu Lukaku 45 35 12 Edin Dzeko 47 34 13 Dries Mertens 51 33 14 Radamel Falcao 43 32 15 Jonas 40 31 16 Vincent Aboubakar 57 31 17 Albert Prosa 39 30 18 Eran Zahavi 35 28 19 Sergio Aguero 40 28 20 Alexandre Lacazette 42 28 Lewandowski racked up 47 goals in just 46 appearances for Bayern and Poland, meaning he averaged more than a goal a game in 2017.However, the best goals-to-games ratio among our top 20 belongs to the man in third place, Tottenham and England hero Harry Kane, who struck 45 times in only 42 outings.Ronaldo bagged as many goals as the 24-year-old but in nine games more and his inferior average means the Portuguese has to settle for fourth spot.Lionel Messi BarcelonaRobert Lewandowski Bayern MunichCristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Real Madrid v TottenhamElsewhere, Edinson Cavani ranks fifth, with 44 goals in 51 matches, which only serves to illustrate that the PSG and Uruguay striker really is in the form of his life.Sixth and seventh place are occupied by two players probably unfamiliar to most readers, Dragan Boskovic and Jaja Coelho, both of whom have scored freely for Bangkok United and Buriram United this year.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang takes eighth spot, which only makes it all the more mystifying that not one of Europe’s elite made a summer swoop for the prolific Gabon international once it became clear that Borussia Dortmund were willing to sell.Lazio striker Ciro Immobile and Sporting hotshot Bas Dost round off the top 10, with both presently enjoying the most prolific periods of their careers.Elsewhere, Belgium duo Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens are 11th and 13th, respectively, which is a particularly impressive achievement by the latter, given he was only converted into a striker a year ago.Meanwhile, the resurgent Radamel Falcao ranks 14th but there is no room in the top 20 for the world’s most expensive player, Neymar, who was pipped to the final spot on our list by Alexandre Lacazette.The Brazilian scored as many goals as the Frenchman but in more games, so the PSG ace misses out. Will Neymar feature in the Goal 50, though? Find out on Tuesday, when the full list is revealed at 1200 BST!The Goal 50 is an annual award that both recognises and ranks the world’s 50 best footballers of the preceding 12 months. Chief editors and correspondents from Goal’s 37 editions around the world all cast their votes, with candidates judged on their level of consistency over the previous year of action, their big-game performances, footballing legacy and the success of their teams at both club and international level.last_img read more

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Leroy Sané takes the breath away in Manchester City’s latest rampage

first_imgPremier League Sportblog Read more Share via Email Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened Topics A little later Sané ran at Trippier again and won the corner that brought the opening goal. As Sané took the kick Dele Alli ran past İlkay Gündogan to cover Eliaquim Mangala at the near post. In the same moment the ball sailed over Alli, landed on Gündogan’s head and was nodded past Hugo Lloris.And so Sané had his seventh assist and 13th “goal involvement” of the season, with time to add another before the end, teeing up Raheem Sterling for City’s third goal. After a golden run from October into December, City’s left-winger had hit a slight dry patch. He has, though, been the same urgent presence, his lurking threat helping to keep City’s opponents packed back into their own defensive half.There was more of the same here. Midway through the second half, Sané eased inside Trippier again, doodled across the box and drew a one-handed save from Lloris with his weaker foot, end of a move that had spanned the entire length of the pitch. A breakaway second was coming, and it duly arrived via De Bruyne’s brilliant spanked left‑foot finish, converted at full pelt with Sané haring away in support outside him.And so City march on, and thrillingly so. Much has been made of their industrial-scale spending. City’s riposte, and Guardiola’s real passion, is the brilliance of an early-20s front three who have hardly been plucked straight from the front rank as ready-made superstars. Sterling-Sané-Jesus came to City as talented, biddable, high-priced parts. There is an art in their current attacking chemistry, something distinct from simply lassoing the nearest precooked superstar.Sané is still just 21, still improving, all potential energy, unburnt speed, power in reserve. This was his turn to shine, the most direct component in an attack that shows no sign of slowing down even as the rest of the field falls away. Share on Twitter Read more Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling completes crushing defeat of Spurs Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if Sergio, Kevin, David, Raheem and Gabriel don’t get you. Well, then, Leroy surely must. With apologies for summoning a distant echo of the cricket, not least on a freezing night in east Manchester when a strange, white, Santa’s beard‑like mist kept drifting in above the Etihad Stadium roof. But Tottenham were undone by raw speed here and above all by the thrilling precision of Leroy Sané on City’s left flank.If last Sunday’s victory at Old Trafford was a tribute to David Silva’s ability to manipulate the ball, a triumph of engineered incision, then the league leaders were more direct here, scoring three times in the second half and punishing every mistake from a stretched and tiring Tottenham. Share on Messenger Manchester City In Silva’s absence, this time it was Sané who provided the most exhilarating moments of City’s 4-1 victory in a spiky game played out to a soundtrack of thuds and thunks and bruising collisions. Not that Sané was alone in this. Kevin De Bruyne was brilliant once again, filling every part of the playmaker’s role from tempo‑setting polisher of the ball to master of the jet-heeled counterattack.What to do about De Bruyne, how to clog his influence without opening holes for every other threat in this City team, seems to be an insoluble problem right now. Pep Guardiola’s teams tend to approach each game like an expert wrestler, always looking for the overload, that moment where they can apply their own full strength to the weakest part of an opponent. De Bruyne’s ability to release the ball with startling accuracy at high speed is key to exploiting these tender points. Here he linked with Sané repeatedly, not just seeing the space Spurs insisted on leaving down that side but timing the pass perfectly.It isn’t hard to see why City’s fans love to sing Sané’s name. He is a wonderful spectacle when he starts to move, with a genuine sprinter’s acceleration, seeming simply to stretch his legs rather than batter the turf in the manner of your standard-issue professional athlete. Sané’s mother was a gymnast, his father a footballer, and he has that sense of total calm in the tightest of spaces that seems to translate across all elite sports.Here he was devastating at times, spending most of the first half doing horrible things to Kieran Trippier with a gallingly effortless grace. Part of the wider objection to José Mourinho’s cowering approach in defeat at Old Trafford was the refusal to press high up the pitch. Nicolás Otamendi has many uses – obstacle, bludgeon, decorative centrepiece – but Franz Beckenbauer he isn’t. Presumably Mourinho feared that to press high would leave space in behind, with devastating results against this City team. At which point: enter Sané. Within the first 10 minutes he was shifting the ball to his left by the touchline and vaporising Trippier in his thrusters, veering into the tiniest of spaces like a cartoon mouse speeding around the skirting board. Share on LinkedIn Tottenham Hotspur comment Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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