2019/20 Champions League has entered the sprint. Besides the suffocating championship race, the competition for the title of the top scorer is also very attractive. And most likely this season will witness the fall of the Messi– Ronaldo era.
The era of Messi – Ronaldo collapsed
From the 2007/08 season up to now, Neymar Junior is the only player capable of competing for the Champions League top scorer with Lionel Messi– Cristiano Ronaldo. In the 2014/15 season, the Brazilian had the same 10 goals as Messi and Ronaldo, thereby sharing the title together. All previous seasons and after that, the winners were either Messi or Ronaldo.
According to statistics, Ronaldo is currently the player who owns the record for the number of times he has won the Champions League scorer title with 7 times, including a series of 6 consecutive seasons from 2012/13 to 2017/18. Messi closely followed his rival with 6 times holding this title, including 4 consecutive years, from the 2008/09 to 2011/12 season.
However, this 2019/20 season, the dominance of the superstar duo Messi – Ronaldo will most likely be terminated. This season, after 6 appearances, Messi has only scored twice. Ronaldo has 7 games, but only 2 goals. They were left behind by their rivals in this race.
Robert Lewandowski is leading the race for the Champions League scorer this year. The Bayern Munich striker has 11 goals, and it is worth mentioning that the “Gray Lobster” is still intact in the next round. The latest goal of Lewandowski was the goal to destroy Chelsea in the first leg match in the round of 1/8 on February 26. With the current performance, Lewandowski is unlikely to be caught up in this race.
Will Haaland shock Europe?
If any name is enough to cause difficulty for Lewandowski, it is Erling Braut Haaland. Eight goals in a Salzburg shirt and two goals in a Dortmund shirt make the young Norwegian star second in this list. Haaland proved his class from within the group stage and immediately after that in the first leg of the 1/8 round with a brace helping Dortmund beat PSG 2-1.
If Dortmund goes into the quarterfinals, Haaland’s ability to catch up with his elder brother Lewandowski is very high. The problem is whether Dortmund can overcome PSG in the rematch at the Prince’s Park is also unpredictable.
Ranked third in the race is Harry Kane. All 6 Kane’s goals have come from the Champions League group stage this season. However, the chances of the Tottenham striker raising the number of goals is very low. Injury puts Kane at risk of having to rest for the rest of the season and it looks like the player only stopped at 6 goals. In addition, the governing team Tottenham lost to Leipzig 0-1 in the first leg, while the second leg had to play away. By the time Kane recovered from injury, perhaps Tottenham was eliminated.
Having had the same 6 goals as Harry Kane, it was Serge Gnabry and Dries Mertens. Gnabry has shown impressive performance in Bayern Munich this season in the Champions League. 6 goals from the former Arsenal player came from the group stage with a hat-trick against Tottenham and then two goals against Chelsea in the first round of 1/8. However, it is not easy for Gnabry to compete with his brother Lewandowski, because they play for the same team that hosts Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, a superb goal against Barcelona in the first round of the round helped Mertens reach the 6-goal mark in the Champions League this season. However, the draw of Barca 1-1 and the next visit to the Nou Camp makes the opportunity for Napoli to go forward is very limited. So, the ability Mertens can overcome Lewandowski is also very difficult.
|Top Champions League 2019/20 scorer|
|Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||11|
|Erling Braut Haaland||Dortmund/Salzburg||10|
|Serge Gnabry||Bayern Munich||6|
|Gabriel Jesus||Man City||5|
|Kylian Mbappe||Paris Saint-Germain||5|
|Raheem Sterling||Man City||5|
|Mauro Icardi||Paris Saint-Germain||5|
|Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||4|
|Timo Werner||RB Leipzig||4|
|Andel Di Maria||Paris Saint-Germain||2|