Although football operates on a seasonal basis, it is nonetheless intriguing to look at it across the calendar year to watch how a player adapts to the summer's changes and finishes out the year. The best scorers from all of 2023 are featured below.
In all official tournaments, these are the top scorers in the major leagues for both their clubs and their countries. This includes games played by national teams in friendlies, qualifying, and other international competitions as well as domestic leagues and cups.
Kylian Mbappe scored 56 goals in 2022, making him the league's best scorer. By the end of the World Cup, he had a comfortable lead over Erling Haaland (who was ranked second) and Robert Lewandowski (who was ranked third, with 41 points). In 2023, all three will likely be among the top candidates for this honour.
Leo Messi, Karim Benzema, and other modern greats like Harry Kane and Wissam Ben Yedder are all expected to contend for the title this year. Their preliminary list of top scorers appears below.
Top scorers in the calendar year (11-05-2023)
- Haaland (Man City): 24 goals
- Benzema (Madrid): 21 goals
- Rashford (Man Utd), Lacazette (Olympique Lyon), Mbappe (PSG) and Osimhen (Napoli): 18 goals
- Jonathan David (Lille), Kane (Tottenham), Salah (Liverpool): 16 goals
- Dallinga (Toulouse): 15 goals
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