Lionel Messi’s penalty for Barcelona in Saturday’s Clásico win was his 54th goal of the calendar year, leaving him one clear of Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski in the race to be the top European marksman of 2017.
Messi, Ronaldo, Cavani and Lewandowski have now played their final games of the year, but Kane – who scored his seventh hat-trick of 2017 on Saturday – still has one match left to play, against Southampton on 26 December. Can the Spurs striker overhaul Barça’s talisman?
50 goals or more in 2017*
54 Lionel Messi (64 appearances, 0.84 goals per game)
53 Harry Kane (51, 1.03)
53 Robert Lewandowski (55, 0.96)
53 Cristiano Ronaldo (59, 0.89)
53 Edinson Cavani (62, 0.85)