It's pretty much standard practice these days to bundle goals and assists together to arrive at a figure known as "direct goal contributions".
Michael Owen and Cesc Fabregas seem to disagree about the validity of assists vs goals, though...
I don’t completely agree there Michael. Making & creating can be sometimes twice as hard than making a run or scoring a goal. Don’t underestimate the little time/space we have in midfield to take best decision for you guys + the imagination/creativity we should have to find u. https://t.co/aSC0koteVY— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) May 11, 2021
There are 13 players across Europe's top five leagues who have crossed the 30+ threshold for direct goal contributions in 2020-21. Let's get into it:
📊 Top direct goal contributors
- 🇵🇱 Robert Lewandowski - 48
- 🇦🇷 Lionel Messi - 39
- 🏴 Harry Kane - 37
- 🇧🇪 Romelu Lukaku - 35
- 🇫🇷 Kylian Mbappé - 34
- 🇵🇹 André Silva - 33
- 🇳🇴 Erling Haaland - 33
- 🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo - 32
- 🇫🇷 Karim Benzema - 32
- 🇳🇱 Memphis Depay - 32
- 🇨🇴 Luis Muriel - 31
- 🇵🇹 Bruno Fernandes - 30
- 🇪🇸 Gerard Moreno - 30
Bayern goal-machine Robert Lewandowski scoops the European Golden Shoe for the second season running. He hit his 41st Bundesliga goal of the campaign in the final minute of Bayern's final match to eclipse Gerd Müller’s 49-year-old single-season scoring record. 41 goals in 29 matches is an outrageous return.
Erling Haaland is by far the youngest player among this esteemed group. At 20, he's 16 years younger than Cristiano Ronaldo, the most senior man listed. Harry Kane, who yesterday expressed his desire to leave Tottenham at the end of the season, is right amongst the top contributors in Europe.
Where will Haaland, Kane & perhaps a few others in this esteemed list be playing their club football next season?