The most lethal marksmen in Europe's top five leagues

International football was the focus of attention prior to the festive period, although following the excitement of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, domestic and continental club competitions have once again resumed throughout Europe. Now the battle for league titles and major trophies is back in full swing, the pursuit of goals is also under the spotlight.

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But as we head swiftly towards the midway point of the 2022-23 season, which attacking players are leading the way? Let's take a look at the attacking players with the best finishing ability, across the five most important leagues in European football.

England - Premier League

When the secured the services of Erling Haaland ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, Manchester City completed a major coup, landing easily one of the most lethal strikers in the world. The young Norwegian had already shown great promise in his home country, before switching to Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, then Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

The towering 22-year-old is now blazing a trail with the side coached by Pep Guardiola, having scored 21 goals in just 15 Premier League appearances. But despite Haaland's remarkable scoring record, Man City find themselves in the chasing pack, due to Arsenal having made a flying start in the

Spain - La Liga

Last season it was Karim Benzema who led the way, during a phenomenal campaign for the Frenchman at Real Madrid, resulting in him claiming the Ballon d'Or award. However, injuries have limited his appearances this season, albeit still managing to register 7 goals in 8 LaLiga games. He also has a genuine rival in the quest to top the Spanish scoring charts.

Barcelona signed veteran target man Robert Lewandowski last summer, and the Polish international has taken to LaLiga like a duck to water. The 34-year-old has already scored 13 goals in 15 domestic appearances, leading the line superbly at his new club, helping Barcelona mount a genuine title bid this term in

Italy - Serie A

The last time that Napoli won the Italian title was back in the 1990-91 season, when legendary Diego Maradona was the driving force within the team. Having waited patiently for mor than three decades, fans of the Gli Azzurri (The Blues) are beginning to get excited, thanks to their side making an excellent start to the 2022-23 Serie A campaign.

Collective performances have been solid and consistent, helping Napoli to maintain their place at the summit of the table, aided by the fine scoring form of Victor Osimhen in attack. The 24-year-old Nigerian boasts 9 goals in 12 appearances in Serie A, sparking authentic hopes of an authentic title bid this season.

Germany - Bundesliga

Some things are just so consistent, they can almost seem to be monotonous. This has certainly ben the case for Bayern Munich, who have maintained their dominance in Germany over the last decade. The Bavarian outfit has won 10 consecutive Bundesliga titles, and in 7 of those 10 triumphs, record-breaking Robert Lewandowski was the league's top scorer.

Bayern Munich continue to dominate, currently leading the race for their 11th Bundesliga title in a row, although they no longer boast the hottest scoring talent in Germany. That honour currently rests at the feet of Christopher Nkunku, who has registered 12 goals in 14 league appearances with Red Bull Leipzig, looking to surpass the 20 he scored last season.

France - Ligue 1

Thanks to their unrivalled economic power, French football has largely been dominated by Paris Saint-Germain, particularly now they boast an embarrassment of riches in their forward line. This incredible attacking trident features Argentina maestro Lionel Messi, Brazilian superstar Neymar, and French icon Kylian Mbappé.

All three could be good choices to top the French scoring charts. Messi has netted 7 in 13 appearances, Neymar has registered 11 in 15 outings, although both are chasing Mbappé with 13 in 16 games. Given such options available, wrestling the Ligue 1 title away from PSG seems highly unlikely, even if other teams will undoubtedly give it their best shot.
Already at the age of seven, Joe Britton started playing football but gave up his own career already at the age of 15. Even though Joe didn't become a great soccer player himself, his interest remains strong to this day, and he also likes to write about both soccer and topics related to the sport. Although he tries to stay as neutral as possible, he has strong feelings for Sheffield United, Sheffield is also the city he lives in today.