Regular heavyweights Ronaldo, Messi are no longer leading the list as 2020 saw many surprise packages rule the roost.
The year 2020 will be largely remembered for the stop-gap league seasons and a postponed European Championship in the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. Still most of the European leagues found a way to restart the tournaments, barring few like The Netherlands and France. Project restart was received well among fans who were stuck at home, unable to leave their houses.
The unexpected resumption of matches lived up to the expectations as the year saw several notable individual and team performances. From Robert Lewandowski’s exploits in Bayern Munich’s all conquering side to Erling Braut Haaland’s fierce start to his life at Borussia Dortmund, 2020 can still be remembered for several good reasons. However, the most surprising factor was not to see Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s name in the list.
Below is the list of top goal scorers across Europe in both club and international duties in 2020:
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland)
The prolific Polish striker has been on a dream goal scoring form for a couple of seasons, helping Bayern Munich win an emphatic treble last season along with a Club World Cup. He scored 47 goals from 44 games for Bayern and Poland last year across all competitions.
His major contribution was the 15 goals he scored in the 2019-20 Champions League season as the German club eased past felow heavyweight challengers to lift the coveted European trophy again.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Portugal)
The Portuguese stalwart was only able to win the Serie A title with Juventus last season as the club fell short in other competitions, yet Ronaldo was at his usual best. He scored 44 goals from 45 games for both club and country.
The 31 goals he scored in the Italian league in 2019-20 were only second to Ciro Immobile. Ronaldo’s goal scoring streak continued as the Turin giants recorded an impressive ninth Italian championship in a row in 2020.
Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan, Belgium)
After a troubled second season at Manchester United, Lukaku felt at home again, netting goals for fun in Italy. With 40 goals in 52 games, Lukaku was unstoppable for his club and country. He played a huge role as Inter finished second in Serie A last season.
Thanks to the Belgian, Inter is mounting an unlikely title push again this campaign. Seeing his fast start in Italy, the English giants may very well be regretting their decision to sell him to Inter Milan!
Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund, Norway)
The 20-year-old centre forward had a dream start to life at Borussia Dortmund, after joining the club in January 2020. Haaland took no time to settle in as the German club got an absolute coup in the tall Norwegian forward.
He scored an impressive 39 goals in just 37 games during his domestic and international duties. With age at his side, Haaland has all the potential to become the next best thing in European football.
Ciro Immobile (Lazio, Italy)
After a disappointing stint at Borussia Dortmund, fans can be forgiven for giving up on Immobile. But, the Italian forward rediscovered his goal scoring touch after joining Lazio in 2016.
The goal machine notched up 34 goals in 42 games in 2020. His exploits helped Lazio secure an unlikely Top-4 finish as Immobile ended the 2019-2020 Serie A season as the top scorer with a whopping 36 goals to his name.