Football: Lewandowski ends 2019 as Europe’s top scorer

With 54 goals scored in 58 games for club and country, Polish international Robert Lewandowski finishes the year as the top scorer in Europe.

Bayern’ Munich’s prolific striker bagged four more goals than second Lionel Messi, and ten more than Kylian Mbappe. Raheem Sterling, with 41 goals, is the highest ranked player who has still games to play, however, the England international would require 13 goals in two matches to match Lewandowski.

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated Europe’s top scorer charts since 2010, winning four times each. Only Harry Kane from England broke their stranglehold on the title by eclipsing them in 2017.

Lewandowski has bettered his career-best year by one goal. In 2017, he scored 53 times, three fewer than Kane.

2019 brought some other significant achievements for the 31-year-old Pole, as he moved up to the third position of the German Bundesliga all-time scorers, and fifth in the UEFA Champions’ League. Bearing these achievements in mind, his eighth place in the prestigious Golden Ball contest would appear rather unjust.

One other Pole made the top 15 of Europe’s premium scorers, Kamil Wilczek, finished 14th, scoring 31 goals for his Danish club Brondby.