5) Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
The Gabonese has been in prolific form for Dortmund over the past couple of years. Brought in from Saint Etienne in 2013, Aubameyang struggled on the wings before Lewandowski’s departure, and Immobile’s struggles forced Klopp into playing Aubameyang more centrally. Since then, the pacy striker has been a revelation. He played some of his best football under the now departed Thomas Tuchel, even outscoring Lewandowski last season to win the leading goal-scorer award. This season, Aubameyang began from where he had left last season; however, Dortmund’s loss of form was commensurate with Aubameyang’s drought. Still, with 21 goals to his name, Aubameyang could eclipse Ronaldo and Messi this season.
4) Mohamed Salah
Arguably the signing of the season, Salah has shut his critics with his excellent run of form. After failing to settle in the English game with Chelsea, Salah reinvented himself in Rome alongside Edin Dzeko. He was signed by the Reds in the summer to take some pressure off Mane’s shoulders and halfway through the season, he has become the undroppable figure in Klopp’s starting eleven. He has improved his finishing as well, which has made him even more dangerous than before. Having already scored 23 goals in 29 games, Salah could well surpass the elusive duo this year.
3) Edinson Cavani
Displaying his goal-scoring prowess at both Palermo and Napoli, there was little surprise when PSG were willing to fork out a hefty 64 million for the Uruguayan. However, he failed to find his best form mostly due to being shipped out to the wings to accommodate Zlatan. Ever since the Swede’s departure though, El Matador has come out of the cave to become PSG’s talisman. The PSG hierarchy are never afraid of spending millions to reinforce their team; however, the club have never sought to replace Cavani. With 18 goals already to his name, and having the likes of Neymar and Mbappe running on the wings, chances will be aplenty for Cavani to break goalscoring records this year.
The Brazilian created havoc in the transfer market with his decision to leave Barcelona for PSG. While many expected Neymar to take over the reins from Messi, it was a huge shock, one that exponentially increased the transfer prices. At PSG though Neymar enjoys the stardom Messi has at Barcelona, which has not gone down well in the dressing room. Nevertheless, Neymar’s performances on the pitch remain largely unaffected. He has all the ingredients to break Ronaldo and Messi’s duopoly on the yearly goalscoring records.
1) Harry Kane
With his meteoric rise, the interest from Real Madrid seems only logical. The young Englishman has become Spurs’ natural leader and talisman. Regularly scoring, it seems laughable when some dubbed Kane as the one season wonder after his breakthrough season of 2013. Kane seems to be getting better with each passing game and lead the goalscoring charts this past year with a massive 56 goals to his name. Perhaps, Kane would be determined to lead the charts at the end of this year as well.