This year’s winner is worthy of the name nonetheless, with Lazio and Italy forward Ciro Immobile having beaten Ronaldo in Serie A, his 36 league goals leaving no room for debate.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy is the only Premier League representative in this year’s top 10 following his successful season, with the veteran hitman making 23 sacks.
Awards are based on points rather than goals only and are affected by the UEFA coefficient ranking. This means that your goals are multiplied by a certain number – the number is larger if you score goals in Germany or England (x2), as opposed to Switzerland (x1.5), for example.
Without further ado, the top 10 snipers from this years list are below.
10. Shon Weissman
Weissman has beaten home 30 times for Austrian club Wolfsberger.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve probably never heard of them or him, what matters is that his exploits have seen him linked to Celtic and Leeds.
The latter in particular, with Marcelo Bielsa at the helm, does not target anyone.
Weissman’s goals came as his side finished fourth – ten points behind the champions.
But the striker’s productivity was such that he scored 60% of his team’s goals.
9. Jean-Pierre Nsame
The Cameroon international has scored 30 times for Young Boys in the Swiss league. The level of competition counts against him, however.
Nsame’s goals helped his team win the league title as they finished five points ahead of their closest challengers.
The 27-year-old will have been a teenager when Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o won his first European Cup.
His exploits have seen him linked with a move to the Rangers who may be looking to replace Alfredo Morelos.
8. Romelu Lukaku
Pushed back the pecking order at Old Trafford by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Antonio Conte was happy to make him the No.1 pick at Milan.
Inter paid £ 66.75million for the Belgian who has scored 29 times in all competitions to help them finish second behind Juventus.
23 of them have come to Serie A as his relationship with Lautaro Martinez continues to blossom.
Lukaku has been prolific wherever he started with his year of escape to West Brom almost ten years ago.
7. Jamie Vardy
The only Premier League representative in the top 10 after winning his second Golden Boot at 33.
Eight years ago, he also won the same award in the National League. He was the Premier League’s top scorer during Leicester’s success for the Upwardly mobile title.
The Leicester main man has had a more productive season than when the Foxes won the title four years ago.
His pace continues to be his greatest asset and his decision to retire from international football increasingly resembles England’s defeat.
Brendan Rodgers was instrumental in breathing new life into the former non-league star and Vardy looks as polished a player as ever.
6. Erling Haaland
The man who escaped Manchester United’s grip.
He matched his father’s feat of scoring at Anfield when he scored for Red Bull Salzburg and his exploits on the European stage really caught people’s attention.
He moved from Austria to Germany in January when he signed with Borussia Dortmund and, almost unsurprisingly, managed a hat-trick on his debut.
Haaland has scored 29 across the two different Bundesligas.
5. Lionel Messi
The Argentinian won’t win the award and being only fifth on this list is a shock.
But as Messi continues to evolve as his career ages, he has broken countless records in what has been a poor Barcelona side.
His 25 goals come with 21 assists for the Catalan giants despite losing the La Liga title to bitter rivals Real Madrid.
In all formats, the 33-year-old has scored 30 times in 42 appearances.
4. Timo Werner
The German has long been considered one of the best on the continent, but this is the year he really hit the big stage.
So much so that he will play for Chelsea next year after paying RB Leipzig his release clause.
Werner holds several Bundesliga scoring records and this quarter has had the highest record of his career as he has scored 28 times at home and 34 times in all competitions.
He hit the winner in a Champions League clash at Tottenham to really mark his and Leipzig arrival among the big boys
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
The Juventus star has been criticized this season perhaps more than any other. That didn’t stop him from finding the back of the net.
Ronaldo helped the Bianconeri clinch a ninth straight Serie A title to continue their dominance.
He has scored 31 times domestically breaking club scoring records along the way.
Surprisingly, he was not the most prolific sniper in his own division, let alone in Europe.
2. Robert Lewandowski
The Pole’s form is such that some believe he had the Ballon D’Or stolen this year – this award no longer being awarded.
Lewandowski has scored an astonishing 34 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances for a Bayern side who have been relentless this term.
In total, he has scored 51 times in 43 games for the Bavarians, making him his best season to date.
Tottenham and Chelsea have both been on Lewandowski’s right-footed receiving side this quarter.
The Champions League has eluded him so far, but it could end this season.
1. Ciro Immobile
The Italian sniper is a man who has been reborn since arriving at Lazio, following somewhat disappointing periods at Borussia Dortmund and Seville.
Immobile has enjoyed their best Serie A season yet with 36 goals for the Rome-based side.
Ironically, in all competitions he has actually improved the 39 goals in all competitions he has scored this season, having scored 41 goals two years ago.
Lazio have qualified for the Champions League, which means Immobile will be able to pit their spirits against Europe’s best defenders next season.
10. Weissman: 45 points (30 x 1,5)
9. Nsame: 45 points (30 x 1,5)
8. Lukaku: 46 points (23×2)
7. Vardy: 46 points (23×2)
6. Haaland 50 points (16 × 1.5 and 13 × 2)
5. Messi: 50 points (25×2)
4. Werner: 56 points (28 x 2)
3. Ronaldo: 62 points (31×2)
2. Lewandowski: 68 points (34 x 2)
1. Immobile: 72 points (36×2)