8 Top Performing African Goal Scorers In European Soccer

8 Top Performing African Goal Scorers In European Soccer

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The domestic club soccer seasons across Europe have come to a close, with the champions of various top flight leagues in England, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Portugal decided, and African goal scorers enjoying a decisive role in many of the top clubs.

African players had an important part to play for their clubs throughout the European continent, with a select group of individuals performing successfully in attack and scoring valuable goals to push their teams on to glory.

While the likes of Luis Suarez and Harry Kane topped the charts in their respective leagues, their were a number of African players who rose up the scorers charts thanks to the many goals they scored during the campaign.

We take a look at 8 of the top performing African players in terms of goals scored in European club soccer this past season.

Sources: ESPNFC, Transfermarkt, Football-Italia, BBCSport.

Riyad Mahrez
Mahrez has done well at Leicester – leicestermercury.co.uk

Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Leicester City in the English Premier League this season, helping the Foxes to an incredible title-winning campaign thanks to 17 goals and 11 assists. This enviable tally puts the Algerian striker fifth in the top scorers list for the EPL, behind Harry Kane, team-mate Jamie Vardy, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku.

Nigeria's Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo was on fire for Watford – express.co.uk

Odion Ighalo

Nigerian Ighalo experienced an incredible first half of the season, scoring goals at will and leading the attack for Watford in the English Premier League. Though he had a fairly tame second half of the season in comparison, the striker managed 15 goals throughout the campaign in the English top flight, cementing his place within the top scorers list for 2015-16.

Youssef El-Arabi
Youssef El-Arabi – insidespanishfootball.com

Youssef El-Arabi

Morocco international El-Arabi has enjoyed an excellent season with Granada in Spain’s La Liga, scoring an impressive 16 goals during the course of the campaign and helping his side to avoid relegation from the top flight. While his final tally was less than half of Luis Suarez’s 40 goals for Barcelona, he is technically a midfielder, which makes the 29-year-old’s performances even more impressive.

Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang was a goalscoring machine – en.starafrica.com

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The 2015-16 Bundesliga season saw Gabon striker Aubameyang fly in the goalscorers chart in Germany, with the former AC Milan youth player bagging 25 goals in 31 matches for Borussia Dortmund. The attacker is now amongst the most sought after players in the impending transfer market, and his German club will have to fight to hold on to their star player.

Slimani topped the overall African chart – dzfoot.com

Islam Slimani

Algerian goalscoring machine Slimani was in excellent form throughout the season for Portuguese club team Sporting Lisbon. The 27-year-old Algeria international scored 27 goals in 33 Portuguese Primeira Liga appearances, making him the top scoring African in the general European standings, and number 14 on the overall list.

Mohamed Salah for Roma
Mohamed Salah for Roma – 90min.com

Mohamed Salah

Tied for fifth amongst the top scorers in Italy’s Serie A, Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah enjoyed a prolific season in the colours of Roma, contributing 14 goals to the capital club’s cause. Salah was a persistent thorn in the side of more than one Italian defender, using his pace and superb finishing to make his way up the scorer’s list.

Benjamin Moukandjo
Benjamin Moukandjo scored for Lorient – alchetron.com

Benjamin Moukandjo

Another African goal scorer this season was Benjamin Moukandjo. The Cameroonian has been on fire in the French league this past season, with 13 goals for FC Lorient from a total of 57 shots taken during his 31 Ligue 1 appearances in 2015-16. The 27-year-old Indomitable Lion was a crucial element of a successful relegation battle for his club side.

Sofiane Boufal of Lille
Boufal won the Marc-Vivien Foe award – alchetron.com

Sofiane Boufal

Lille’s Moroccan star midfielder Sofiane Boufal was recognised last week for his performances in the French top flight with the Marc-Vivien Foe Award, indicating his status as the best African player in Ligue 1 for the 2015-16 season. The 22-year-old helped his team to fifth on the table thanks to his 11 goals and five assists throughout the campaign.