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Europe's top scorers: Who contributed the most? (1)

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The competitive season has drawn to a close across Europe's most prominent leagues, with Lionel Messi once again setting the benchmark in terms of goalscoring  with another phenomenal campaign in front of goal.

Messi found the net 46 times in La Liga for Barcelona over the course of the season - just four shy of the record he set the previous year, and in five less domestic outings after a hamstring injury.

The Barcelona scored superstar on 60 occasions for Barcelona in all competitions, playing 50 games, with Messi unable to reach the milestone he set in 2011-12 with his 73-goal campaign - a world record.

Messi scored 15 more times than his next nearest challenger across the top six domestic leagues in Europe during the 2012-13 season, with Ivorian hitman Wilfried Bony managing an otherwise impressive 31 strikes in the Eredivisie for Vitesse.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the next most potent player, with the Sweden captain managing to score 30 times in his maiden campaign with Paris Saint-Germain, as the club won the Ligue 1 title for the first time since 1994.

In Italy, Edinson Cavani continued his fine scoring form since his transfer to Naples, and the Uruguay star now has 104 goals in 138 appearances for Napoli, having added 29 league strikes to his growing tally last term.

Robin van Persie ended the season as the top scorer in the Premier League for the second successive year as the Dutchman fired 26 goals for Manchester United on the way to the league title.

The 29-year-old had lifted the Golden Boot the previous term with 30 strikes for Arsenal, which ultimately earned Van Persie his £24 million transfer to Old Trafford.

Last but by very means not least out of the top scorers in Europe's biggest six leagues was Stefan Kiessling of Bayer Leverkusen, who admirably managed to find the net more than the likes of Robert Lewadowski and Mario Gomez.

But, of all these Golden Boot winners, which star played the most crucial role in his team's success in terms of overall goals contribution? Click through the tabs to find out...

 

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Topics:
Football
Lionel Messi
Premier League
La Liga
Manchester United
Robin Van Persie
Barcelona

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