With the outbreak of COVID-19, Year 2020 has been a strange year not just for the football sport but for every sport all over the world. It is obvious that aside sports, the business world and the economy of nations were affected by the outbreak of this deadly virus.
This nonetheless, some players/strikers have clearly not let it affect their form in front of goal. Some of these strikers include Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo among many others who made it to the list of best strikers in Europe 2020.
In this calendar year in the football sport, thirty-four players have reached a dozen goals, not minding the stop-start nature of events in 2020 and these players are part of the strikers that made it to this list of ours.
Right in this article, Sports24 has explored the top 10 goals corers in Europe’s big five leagues the beginning of this hard-to-forget year.
The list of best strikers in Europe 2020 include
- Lionel Messi
- Danny Ings
- Romelu Lukaku
- Mohamed Salah
- Francesco Caputo
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Erling Haaland
- Ciro Immobile
- Robert Lewandowski
- Cristiano Ronaldo
If there could be a list of persons who are good at what they good and Lionel Messi is not in that list, it is just as good as saying that there’s no such list as anything of such is truly incomplete without Messi as he is obviously one of the best strikers in Europe 2020. The Argentine football legend has netted over 15 goals and this feat of his has earned him a place in a position ahead of Andrea Belotti based on minutes per goal, with the Barcelona talisman scoring a goal every 159 minutes in the game.
The aforementioned tally for the said feat includes four goals from an absolute masterclass against Eibar and a brace off the bench against Real Betis in the Spanish La Liga.
Danny Ings is among the best strikers in Europe 2020 andhard times due to the struggle he had with injury problems during his time at Liverpool. However, his football career has taken a new look since he signing the contract with Southampton as he has going from strength to strength.
In his 25 English Premier League appearances in 2020, the England international notched 15 goals. The aforementioned makes for an average of a goal every 137 minutes for the Saints for Danny Ings.
The Belgium international, Romelu Lukaku was criticised on social media by critics in Italy, but with his notching goals in to the net, Lukaku has proved them wrong. He hit a milestone in his name entering the scoring board by netting a number of goals that equalled that of Ronaldo in 1997-98 record of 34 goals in a season. He hit this record in his debut campaign at Inter.
Eleven of these said goals came in Serie A matches in the second half of the campaign, and Lukaku has already netted another five goals in the present season.
Mohammed Salah is among the best strikers in Europe 2020 as he has been Liverpool’s main source of goals and still is. Salah notched over 18 goals during this calendar year as Liverpool finally ended their long wait for the Premier League title at emerging champions of the EPL.
Highlights of Salah’s eye for goals have included a hat-trick in a rollercoaster win over Leeds United and the last-minute clincher against Manchester United in January that confirmed the belief that the Never Walk Alone Side might not let this one slip off their grip which was getting firm back then with their consistency towards the title.
Francesco Caputo is a player that quite a good number of football watchers and fans do not know a great deal about. Caputo has notched 18 goals in 2020 for Sassuolo in Serie A and this is a pretty figure for such a year!
The 33-year-old striker has spent the majority of his football career in Serie B but joined Sassuolo in 2019 after two prolific campaigns at Empoli. He goals saw them through to promotion before bagging 16 goals in his first full Serie A season.
Francesco Caputo scored 21 goals last season and is already on five for the current campaign.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be given the tag “aged but strong”. This is not just an assertion but true as despite turning 39 in 2020, Zlatan is showing no signs of slowing down on his eyes for goals and has been at the forefront of AC Milan’s tentative revival.
The Sweden international, who is among the best strikers in Europe 2020, scored 10 Serie A goals in the second half of last season and has went ahead to add another eight in his first five league appearances in 2020-21 campaign.
Haaland is among the best strikers in Europe 2020 andhis 19 Bundesliga goals for his present club, Borussia Dortmund in 2020 have been scored at a rate of one every 81 minutes and that’s quite stunning, right?
As a proof of his eye for goals, it’s needful mention that he has scored 16 league goals in 14 appearances for RB Salzburg over the first half of 2019 campaign.
Ciro Immobile, is Serie A’s leading goal scorer of the 2019 season. Away from this milestone, Immobile went ahead to score 22 times at a rate of one every 102 minutes in 2020, although it was not up to the number of goals required to stop Lazio from falling away in the title race.
It is a nice to note that Immobile has the opportunity to play Champions League football this season and we look forward to having him net goals into the net in UEFA champions league.
Robert Lewandowski is among the best strikers in Europe 2020. The top-notch European striker scored twenty-six goals in 20 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich and this stunning milestone enabled his club to claim the title to add to their Champions League crown in 2020.
His splendid strikes averaged out at a goal every 66 minutes, the highlight of which was his four against Hertha Berlin in September 2020 – including a last-minute goal that he netted via a penalty that led his club to winning the match.
Ronaldo is the first on the list of best strikers in Europe 2020 and he sure merits the position on the list.
Since the beginning of the 2020 campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo clicked into gear, notching 27 goals for Juventus in Serie A at a rate of a goal every 73 minutes.
Having a number of years to play before retiring from international football, it is expected that he would notch many more goals that could earn him the highest goal scorer’s place in the history of football.