Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski both added to their prolific hauls on Wednesday in the quest to be crowned as European football’s top goalscorer of 2017.
Ronaldo scored the equaliser as Real Madrid came from behind to defeat Al-Jazira in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals in Abu Dhabi. In doing so, the Portugal forward became the competition’s record marksman with his sixth goal across four editions.
That took him to 52 strikes for club and country in the calendar year, one behind frontrunners Lionel Messi and Lewandowski, who struck the winner as Bundesliga leaders Bayern saw off Köln 1-0. Their two fellow members of the 50+ goals club, Edinson Cavani and Harry Kane, were both unable to find the net in their respective games.
50 goals or more in 2017*
53 Robert Lewandowski (53 appearances, 1.00 goals per game)
53 Lionel Messi (62, 0.85)
52 Cristiano Ronaldo (58, 0.90)
51 Edinson Cavani (60, 0.85)
50 Harry Kane (49, 1.02)
Twelve into three won’t go
All five players are shortlisted for the UEFA.com fans’ Team of the Year 2017 along with Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Paulo Dybala, Radamel Falcao, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Dries Mertens. But you can only choose two or three so who is it to be?
*For club and country, excluding club friendlies