We analyze the top scorers and creators from the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1. Also, it is calculated ahead of the Ballon d’Or nominee announcement on Friday. Is Salah the top player in Europe right now?
Mohamed Salah leads the Premier League goal chart. Also, Jamie Carragher claims no player in Europe is performing at a higher level – but what do the numbers say?
Egypt forward has scored six goals and notched three assists from his seven league starts. This is a spectacular solo effort in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Super Sunday.
“I don’t think anyone is playing better in the world or Europe at the moment,” Carragher claimed after the full-time whistle. “His record at the start of this season has been outstanding.”
So, is anyone else challenging Salah for that mantle? Arguably, one player is in the running based on current form. Guess who? Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has scored seven goals in as many games and notched seven assists, too.
The algorithm applies a fixed formula to rank players’ forms based on starting positions. Also, the awards points for 35 matchday statistics – not just goals and assists.
The result? Benzema edges Salah as Europe’s top performer by the finest of margins. With Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, Edin Dzeko, and Mikel Oyarzabal in pursuit.
Based purely on goal involvement, the France international is also out on his own with 14 in La Liga this campaign. Four clear of Haaland and five clear of Salah and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz.
Incredibly, Haaland lands runner-up spot despite playing only five league games with Bayern. He has missed the previous two fixtures with a muscle injury. Not only that, he will see the 21-year-old miss Norway’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Turkey and Montenegro.
In terms of Premier League representation, West Ham forward Michail Antonio ranks joint-fifth in Europe with five goals and three assists from just six starts, while Jamie Vardy, Paul Pogba, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Gabriel Jesus all make the top 20.
What about over the past year?
The Ballon d’Or nominees are due to be announced on Friday. After last year’s award ceremony was canceled due to the pandemic crisis.
Applying the same methods as above over the past 12 months, Lionel Messi reigns supreme for pure form. Also, with the Argentine looking to extend his record-breaking Ballon d’Or haul to seven this year.
A host of players rally behind the Argentine but a notable change of guard appears in sight, with Mbappe, Bruno Fernandes, and Haaland in the fold.
Most notably, Robert Lewandowski ranks in the runner-up spot, ahead of Benzema and Mbappe.