The 20 best strikers in Europe's top five leagues this season according to statistics

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When you think of the best striker in the world, a few names immediately spring to mind.

Robert Lewandowski has been at the very top of football for the best part of a decade and scores a truckload of goals every season for Bayern Munich.

Harry Kane has been scoring goals almost at will for Tottenham, while Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema have been world-class for years.

Cristiano Ronaldo has also made the successful transition to centre-forward in recent years.

We've looked at stats provided by WhoScored.com to see who has been the best striker in Europe's top five leagues this season.

It's important to note that the stats only take into account their performances in league games and not cup competitions.

20. Gerard Moreno - 7.28

Moreno has netted eight times in 20 games for Villarreal this season and looks set to break the 10-goal mark for the third time in four seasons.

19. Roberto Firmino - 7.29

Firmino has 15 goal contributions in 28 games this season and is arguably the most well-rounded striker on the planet.

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18. Harry Kane - 7.30

Kane netted 11 times in 20 games before sustaining a serious injury in January. It's unlikely that he'll make another appearance this campaign.

17. Raul Jimenez - 7.33

Jimenez has netted 13 goals and six assists for a Wolves side that are challenging for a Champions League berth.

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16. Alassane Pléa - 7.33

Plea has scored eight goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach - including an outrageous volley vs Mainz.

15. Wissam Ben Yedder - 7.35

Ben Yedder sits second on the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts having netted 17 times for Monaco this season.

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14. Richarlison - 7.35

Richarlison can play anywhere along the front line but has played the majority of games at striker. He's having another great season under Carlo Ancelotti.

13. Marcus Thuram - 7.39

Thuram, who plays alongside Plea at Gladbach, is also having a superb season having netted six times and recorded eight assists.

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12. Karim Benzema - 7.45

Benzema has thrived since Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid exit. He's netted 13 times in La Liga this campaign.

11. Romelu Lukaku - 7.49

Man United may regret letting Lukaku leave, who has scored 17 Serie A goals in his first season at Inter Milan.

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10. Edin Dzeko - 7.50

Dzeko has scored five fewer Serie A goals than Lukaku but is rated marginally better than him.

9. Luis Suárez - 7.56

Suarez was averaging a goal contribution every 71 minutes before suffering a serious injury. Barcelona have struggled in his absence.

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8. Duvan Zapata - 7.58

Zapata has scored 11 goals in just 13 starts for Atalanta this season. He netted a hat-trick against Lecce on the weekend.

7. Memphis Depay - 7.59

Depay netted nine league goals for Lyon before tearing his cruciate ligament in December.

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6. Timo Werner - 7.65

The German striker has hit the back of the net 21 times in 24 Bundesliga games. It's no wonder why he's been heavily linked with Liverpool.

5. Ciro Immobile - 7.70

Immobile has scored a ridiculous 27 times in 26 games as Lazio are mounting a title challenge.

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4. Cristiano Ronaldo - 7.92

Ronaldo may now be 35 but he's still scoring goals on a consistent basis. He's averaging a goal-per-game in Serie A this season.

3. Josip Ilicic - 7.95

Ilicic, who has scored 15 Serie A goals this season, has formed a devastating strike-partnership with Zapata at Atalanta.

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2. Kylian Mbappe - 8.14

The 21-year-old is almost nailed on to win a Ballon d'Or later on in his career. He leads Ligue 1 players with 18 goals this season, despite making just 17 starts.

1. Robert Lewandowski - 8.16

Lewandowski just beats Mbappe to top spot. He's netted 25 times in 23 Bundesliga games in what has been another terrific season.

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Few will argue that Lewandowski isn't the best striker in the world at this current time.

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