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Which league boasts the best group of goalscorers over the last three seasons?

We look at Europe's top five leagues to find out where the most potent finishers reside

Goalscorers are selfish by nature.

To be a truly prolific finisher you need to test the keeper often and pounce on any quarter-chance that comes your way.

The race for the Golden Boot in each of Europe’s top five leagues is fiercely competitive and features some of the greatest forwards of the modern era.

Romelu Lukaku had a league debut to remember for Man United

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Many fancy Romelu Lukaku to snatch the Golden Boot this season

Here we’re going to force those competing goalscorers into teams to determine which league out of Ligue 1, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and the Premier League boasts the best pack of keeper-botherers.

Our methodlogy is simple — we’re going to total up the goal count for each league’s top five goalscorers in each of the last three seasons.

Whichever league has the most goals, wins.

Cristiano Ronaldo then celebrated his goal by taking his shirt off and holding it up - remind you of anything similar?

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Yes, yes, wait your turn

Bundesliga

2014/15

Alexander Meier – 19 goals (Frankfurt)

Robert Lewandowski – 17 goals (Bayern Munich)

Arjen Robben – 17 goals (Bayern Munich)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 16 goals (Borussia Dortmund)

Bas Dost – 16 goals (Wolfsburg)

2015/16

Robert Lewandowski – 30 goals (Bayern Munich)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 25 goals (Borussia Dortmund)

Thomas Muller – 20 goals (Bayern Munich)

Javier Hernandez – 17 goals (Bayer Leverkusen)

Anthony Modeste – 16 goals (Cologne)

2016/17

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 31 goals (Borussia Dortmund)

Robert Lewandowski – 30 goals (Bayern Munich)

Anthony Modeste – 25 goals (Cologne)

Timo Werner – 21 goals (RB Leipzig)

Mario Gomez – 16 goals (Wolfsburg)

TOTAL – 315 goals – Lewandowski and Aubameyang’s impressive duel offset by a low-scoring season in 2014/15 where no player breached the 20 goal mark.

In Germany, instead of a Golden Boot you get a CANNON!

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In Germany, instead of a Golden Boot you get a CANNON!

Serie A

2014/15

Mauro Icardi – 22 goals (Inter)

Luca Toni – 22 goals (Verona)

Carlos Tevez – 20 goals (Juventus)

Gonzalo Higuain – 18 goals (Napoli)

Jeremy Menez – 16 goals (Milan)

2015/16

Gonzalo Higuain – 36 goals (Napoli)

Paulo Dybala – 19 goals (Juventus)

Carlos Bacca – 18 goals (Milan)

Mauro Icardi – 16 goals (Inter)

Mohamed Salah – 14 goals (Roma)

2016/17

Edin Dzeko – 29 goals (Roma)

Dries Mertens – 28 goals (Napoli)

Andrea belotti – 26 goals (Torino)

Gonzalo Higuain – 24 goals (Juventus)

Mauro Icardi – 24 goals (Inter)

TOTAL – 332 goals – Higuain and Icardi account for 140 goals between them. Last season’s competitive race making up for Higuain’s walk in the park the year previous.

Don’t look at it, Napoli fans. It’ll only make you sad

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Don’t look at it, Napoli fans. It’ll only make you sad

Ligue 1

2014/15

Alexandre Lacazette – 27 goals (Lyon)

Andre-Pierre Gignac – 21 goals (Marseille)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 19 goals (PSG)

Edinson Cavani – 18 goals (PSG)

Max Gradel – 17 goals (Saint Etienne)

2015/16

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 38 goals (PSG)

Alexandre Lacazette – 21 goals (Lyon)

Edinson Cavani – 19 goals (PSG)

Michy Batshuayi – 17 goals (Marseille)

Hatem Ben Arfa – 17 goals (Nice)

2016/17

Edinson Cavani – 35 goals (PSG)

Alexandre Lacazette – 21 goals (Lyon)

Radamel Falcao – 21 goals (Monaco)

Bafetimbi Gomis – 20 goals (Marseille)

Mario Balotelli – 15 goals (Nice)

TOTAL – 333 goals – Ligue beats Serie A’s total by a single goal. Cavani and Lacazette are the ever-presents, contributing 141 goals.

Zlatan? Never heard of him, mate

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Zlatan? Never heard of him, mate

La Liga

2014/15

Cristiano Ronaldo – 48 goals (Real Madrid)

Lionel Messi – 43 goals (Barcelona)

Antoine Griezmann – 22 goals (Atletico Madrid)

Neymar – 22 goals (Barcelona)

Carlos Bacca – 20 goals (Sevilla)

2015/16

Luis Suarez – 40 goals (Barcelona)

Cristiano Ronaldo – 35 goals (Real Madrid)

Lionel Messi – 26 goals (Barcelona)

Neymar – 24 goals (Barcelona)

Karim Benzema – 24 goals (Real Madrid)

2016/17

Lionel Messi – 37 goals (Barcelona)

Luis Suarez – 29 goals (Barcelona)

Cristiano Ronaldo – 25 goals (Real Madrid)

Iago Aspas – 19 goals (Celta Vigo)

Aritz Aduriz – 16 goals (Athletic Bilbao)

TOTAL – 430 goals – Wow. Ronaldo and Messi’s superhuman numbers we know about but the strength of the Barca/Madrid duopoly is incredible – with 353 goals between them the Clasico rivals would have won this competition on their own.

What the hell is this?

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What the hell is this?

Premier League

2014/15

Sergio Aguero – 26 goals (Man City)

Harry Kane – 21 goals (Spurs)

Diego Costa – 20 goals (Chelsea)

Charlie Austin – 18 goals (QPR)

Alexis Sanchez – 16 goals (Arsenal)

2015/16

Harry Kane – 25 goals (Spurs)

Sergio Aguero – 24 goals (Man City)

Jamie Vardy – 24 goals (Leicester)

Romelu Lukaku – 18 goals (Everton)

Riyad Mahrez – 17 goals (Leicester)

2016/17

Harry Kane – 29 goals (Spurs)

Romelu Lukaku – 25 goals (Everton)

Alexis Sanchez – 24 goals (Arsenal)

Sergio Aguero – 20 goals (Man City)

Diego Costa – 20 goals (Chelsea)

TOTAL – 327 goals – Aguero and Kane doing putting in the big efforts but with no player hitting the 30-goal mark, the Premier League has been found wanting.

Kane has got an impressive record considering he’s allergic to scoring in August

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Kane has got an impressive record considering he’s allergic to scoring in August

FINAL LEADERBOARD

1st – La Liga (430 goals)

2nd – Ligue 1 (333 goals)

3rd – Serie A (332 goals)

4th – Premier League (327 goals)

5th – Bundesliga (315 goals)

Once again the most obvious conclusion to draw is that Ronaldo and Messi’s unprecedented numbers have set them apart from the rest by a considerable distance.

Well done, lads. You’ve done it again

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Well done, lads. You’ve done it again

The La Liga pair’s supremacy results is a wide average range between top scorer and 5th top scorer (21.67 goals).

The Premier League has the lowest average goal range (9 goals) suggesting a greater level of competitiveness between the league’s best goalscorers.

Ligue 1 and Serie A were finely separated though the French were mostly dependant on PSG whereas the Italians could rely on three or four of the big clubs season after season.

How much will this table change by the end of this season? That’s for Neymar, Ronaldo, Higuain, Kane, Lewandowski and co to sort out…


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