Who scored the most goals in 2021? Robert Lewandowski leads Lionel Messi before Ballon d’Or but Cristiano Ronaldo is not in the top five

Lionel Messi is in the running to win his seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday after beating Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

The 34-year-old Argentine performed superb for Barcelona in the first half of 2021 and ultimately won a major international trophy in the Copa America with Argentina.

Lewandowski leads Salah and Ronaldo in scorers’ standings

However, his form since joining Paris Saint-Germain last summer is questionable, scoring just one Ligue 1 goal in six games.

And Lewandowski may feel aggrieved that he missed out on football’s top prize again after the Ballon d’Or was canceled last year.

The Bayern Munich star was the Bundesliga’s top scorer and hit the back of the net 15 times in the Champions League as Bayern claimed the treble in 2020.

Lewandowski continued his scoring prowess this year for both club and country – even scoring three out of three times for Poland at the Euro.

Neither Messi nor Ronaldo are in the top three with Erling Haaland, the 33-year-old closest contender, although he missed last month with injury.

Who scored the most goals in 2021? Robert Lewandowski leads Lionel Messi before Ballon d'Or but Cristiano Ronaldo is not in the top five
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The 21-year-old Norwegian scored his 50th Bundesliga goal in as many appearances, becoming the fastest to cross the half-century milestone.

French superstar Kylian Mbappe is third on the list even though he failed to find his way to the net at the European Championships this summer.

His compatriot Benzema has found the net four times upon his return to the national team in June and is fourth on the list after his exploits at Real Madrid.

Messi is in the top five – in goals with Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah, who is the Premier League’s top scorer this season.

Here are the rankings …

1. Robert Lewandowski

Games: 40

Goals: 51

2. Erling Haaland

Games: 38

Goals: 38

3. Kylian Mbappé

Games: 48

Goals: 37

4. Karim Benzema

Games: 45

Goals: 34

5. Lionel Messi

Games: 40

Goals: 32

6. Mohamed Salah

Games: 46

Goals: 32

7. Dusan Vlahovic

Games: 40

Objectives: 30

8. Cristiano Ronaldo

Games: 46

Objectives: 30

9. Wissam Ben Yedder

Games: 48

Goals: 25

10. Gérard Moreno

Games: 36

Goals: 25

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