In Focus: The LiveScore spotlight falls on the top five strikers in European football
By Will Evans
8 October 2020, 12:57
European football's top strikers are set to terrorise defenders as international games come thick and fast from now until Wednesday.
And we have turned the spotlight on five in-form hitmen who have been banging in the goals in their respective leagues since the start of the season.
5) Ansu Fati
Barcelona and Spain
Ansu Fati became Spain’s youngest scorer when he opened his account against Ukraine last month.
The 17-year-old has also been making waves in a Barcelona shirt having filled the void left by Ronald Koeman's decision to send Luis Suarez packing to Atletico Madrid.
He is Barca’s top scorer with three goals from as many LaLiga games and his 1.35 goals per 90 minutes puts him among the leading 10 players in Europe’s top five leagues.
4) Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus and Portugal
There are few guarantees in life, but Cristiano Ronaldo scoring goals is up there with death and taxes when it comes to certainties.
The Juventus superstar, 35, is among the continent’s top performers in terms of goals per 90 minutes played, with an exceptional average of 1.5 strikes per match so far this term.
Boasting 101 goals to his name, Ronaldo is only eight shy of matching Iran’s Ali Daei for the most scored in international football.
While he chases down that landmark, the evergreen attacker will be fully focused on upcoming games with France and Sweden as Portugal bid to defend their Nations League crown.
3) Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Everton and England
Six goals in four games have Dominic Calvert-Lewin tied with Heung-Min Son as the Premier League’s top marksman and England fans are looking forward to seeing the Everton striker in action following his first call-up.
The Under-20 World Cup winner has outperformed his expected goals total of 2.3 per 90 minutes — a reflection of the lethal finishing skills he is honing under the tutelage of serial winner Carlo Ancelotti.
Calvert-Lewin, 23, will now hope to get an opportunity to impress as the Three Lions tackle Wales in a friendly before Nations League clashes with Belgium and Denmark.
2) Andrej Kramaric
Hoffenheim and Croatia
Croatian fans are banking on Andrej Kramaric carrying his domestic form onto the international stage.
The Hoffenheim marksman, 29, has already netted six times in three Bundesliga games this season.
That hot streak saw him linked with Bayern Munich before the transfer window slammed shut but the German champions were reportedly unwilling to meet an asking price of around £37million.
1) Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich and Poland
Goal machine Robert Lewandowski tops our list of hotshots — and it is easy to see why.
The Polish striker, 32, has scored more goals (2.1) per 90 minutes than anyone else in Europe’s top five leagues and also has the highest expected goals ratio across those divisions at 1.8.
Of the 13 goals Bayern Munich have netted in three Bundesliga games this season, Lewandowski (pictured above) has scored five.
But there is far more to his game than just finding the net, with two assists highlighting his ability to bring team-mates into play.
Poland entertain Italy on Sunday night before tackling Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday — and you can be sure both sets of defenders will not relish facing him.