Ronaldo, Messi, Lewandowski: Best goalscoring seasons since 2000

Lionel Messi's 2011/12 campaign is the most prolific goalscoring century in Europe's top five leagues since 2000

Robert Lewandowski is having another fine season in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.

The Polish striker has broken the 30-goal mark in Germany’s top tier for the third consecutive season.

He currently sits on 34 goals scored with two games of the campaign remaining.

But how does his 2021/22 tally compare with the best goalscoring seasons of the 21st century?

PopFoot have looked at the data and named the 20 most prolific goalscoring seasons in Europe’s top five leagues since 2000.

View their findings below…

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dominate list of players with the most prolific seasons in Europe's top five leagues since 2000

20. Lionel Messi – 34 goals (2017/18)

19. Lionel Messi – 34 goals (2009/10)

18. Cristiano Ronaldo – 34 goals (2012/13)

17. Robert Lewandowski – 34 goals* (2021/22)

Robert Lewandowski's 2021/22 campaign is one of the best goalscoring seasons in Europe's top five leagues since 2000
MAINZ, GERMANY – APRIL 30: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern looks dejected during the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Bayern München at Opel Arena on April 30, 2022 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

16. Robert Lewandowski – 35 goals (2019/20)

15. Edinson Cavani – 35 goals (2016/17)

14. Cristiano Ronaldo – 36 goals (2015/16)

13. Ciro Immobile – 36 goals (2019/20)

12. Gonzalo Higuain – 36 goals (2015/16)

11. Lionel Messi – 36 goals (2018/19)

10. Lionel Messi – 37 goals (2016/17)

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 38 goals (2015/16)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 2015/16 campaign is one of the best goalscoring seasons in Europe's top five leagues since 2000
PARIS, FRANCE – APRIL 06: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain reacts after his shot off target during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

8. Luis Suarez – 40 goals (2015/16)

7. Cristiano Ronaldo – 40 goals (2010/11)

6. Robert Lewandowski – 41 goals (2020/21)

5. Lionel Messi – 43 goals (2014/15)

4. Cristiano Ronaldo – 46 goals (2011/12)

3. Lionel Messi – 46 goals (2012/13)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 48 goals (2014/15)

Cristiano Ronaldo's 2014/15 campaign is one of the best goalscoring seasons in Europe's top five leagues since 2000
MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 19: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Sevilla at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 19, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid won the match 1-0. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

1. Lionel Messi – 50 goals (2011/12)

Unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by two of the greatest players to have ever lived: Messi and Ronaldo.

The duo account for 12 of the 20 most prolific league campaigns of the 21st century.

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Messi’s tally of 50 goals from just 37 games in the 2011/ 12 season is quite ridiculous and is a record that may stand for some time.

Lewandowski’s 2021/22 tally is currently the 17th best goalscoring season in Europe’s top five leagues since 2000.

He needs to score three goals in Bayern’s last two games to break into the top 10.

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