·26 September 2023
·26 September 2023
There’s an interesting mix of the usual suspects and some unexpected names when you take a look through the players with the most goals and assists in Europe’s top five leagues – Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 – in 2023-24 so far.
Stars from Inter, Liverpool, PSG, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City make the top 10 list for goal contributions, alongside one or two names you might not expect to see. We’ve taken a closer look at full list for goal contributions across the major European leagues this season.
Note: if two players are tied on goal contributions, we’ve ordered them by their ratio of goals and assists per minute.
James Maddison, Ermedin Demirovic, Kaoru Mitoma, Jonas Wind, Takumi Minamino and Jude Bellingham have all registered six goal contributions but miss out on cracking our top 10 due to their slightly inferior goal-or-assist-per-minute ranking.
Inter are one of only two sides in Europe to have maintained a 100% winning record and their Argentinian World Cup winner up top is a major reason why.
The Serie A giants failed to get old strike partner Romelu Lukaku back on loan, but recent evidence suggests that Martinez alone is more than enough firepower. He’s scored or assisted in all but one of his appearances this season and is averaging a goal or assist every 70 minutes in the Italian top flight.
Liverpool reportedly turned down a world-record bid from Saudi Pro League champions Al-Ittihad for their Egyptian King, and he’s repaying their faith in droves.
Slowly but surely, Liverpool are looking like challengers once again. They’ve won their last five matches on the bounce and Salah is once again playing a starring role.
No player in Europe’s major leagues has notched more assists and he’s scored three goals to boot.
From his days as a nipper in Barcelona’s academy, Simons was being talked up as the next big thing. It’s felt like he’s been on the cusp of breaking through forever, but he’s still only 20 – and on course for his best year yet, on loan from PSG at RB Leipzig.
The Netherlands international has already drawn comparisons to Kevin De Bruyne at Wolfsburg and underlined his potential with a man-of-the-match display on his Champions League debut.
It’s felt like Olivier Giroud has been ‘rolling back the years’ for his entire career. But he really is enjoying a late-career purple patch at the San Siro right now.
Milan have suffered a couple of notable blips – a 5-1 defeat to Inter, a disappointing draw at home to Newcastle – but they’ve otherwise been picking up wins and their 36-year-old No.9 has been nothing short of magnificent.
Giroud averages a goal or an assist every 50 minutes in Serie A this season – a rate of return bettered by very few names on this list.
Mbappe is now undoubtedly PSG’s main man following the departures of Lionel Messi and Neymar.
You might have imagined that he’d have registered an assist given the summer arrivals of France team-mates Randal Kolo Muani and Ousmane Dembele, as well as Portuguese striker Goncalo Ramos, but those will likely come.
He’s endured a protracted start to 2023-24 and notched up just 341 Ligue 1 minutes, yet he’s already scored seven goals. At a rate of one every 48 minutes, this could be the year he takes his goalscoring to prolific new levels.
When we said “usual suspect”, this is who we meant. A back-to-back European Golden Shoe winner in his final two seasons with Bayern before finishing La Liga’s top scorer in his debut season at Barcelona, 35-year-old Lewandowski is showing no signs of slowing down.
Nigeria are blessed with elite strikers right now. Victor Osimhen might just have competition with the spot up top.
Boniface could well be 2023-24’s breakthrough star. The focal point of Xabi Alonso’s wonderfully watchable Bayer Leverkusen side, Bayern Munich and Harry Kane might just have serious competition in the Bundesliga this year.
The Norwegian came out on top of this chart last season by some distance – thanks way more to his goalscoring than his assisting – and he’s certainly in the running to do so again in 2023-24.
Haaland is inevitable. He’s scored in all but one of his Premier League appearances this season and only one player in Europe has more.
The England captain notched half of his total tally with three goals and two assists in a 7-0 tonking of Bochum at the weekend.
He’s made an alright start to life out in Germany.
It’s really refreshing to see a name that few have heard of top this list of €100million megastars.
We wouldn’t expect to see Guirassy to stay towards the top end, given after just five games he’s just goal off matching his career-best tally for league goals. But we’re loving seeing the 27-year-old Guinean suddenly hit the form of his life for relative minnows Stuttgart.
Guirassy has averaged a goal or assist every 39 minutes in 2023-24 so far. Kylian who?