World Top Goal Scorer 2015 – Lewandowsky Wins the 25th Award

IFFHS’s 25th World Top Goal Scorer was won by Polish Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich. Lewandowski scored 22 goals, 11 for his national team and 11 for his club in UEFA Champions league 2014-15 final stages and 2015-16 group stage. After Barcelona’s Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov in 1994, Lewandowski is the 2nd Eastern European to win the award.

UAE’s Ahmed Khalil of Al Ahli Dubai is in second place with 20 goals while Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, 2013 and 2014 winner, is third with 19. Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Al-Sahlawi of Al-Nassr FC is the highest national team scorer with 18 goals, while Uruguayan Luis Suárez of Barcelona, tied with Ronaldo, is the highest club goal scorer with 16. Suárez made history in December by scoring 5 goals in 2 matches in World Club Cup including the 1st hat-trick in the competition’s history, and he is now the CWC single tournament top goal scorer and the all-time best goal scorer.

52 players scored 8 or more goals. By nationality, they are 16 Asians, 14 from South Americans, 12 Europeans, 7 Africans and 3 from CONCACAF. With 6 players in the list, Argentina is the country with most players.

By club competitions, 26 play their club football in Europe, 17 in Asia, 4 in South America, 3 in CONCACAF and 2 in Africa. With the South American trio of Messi, Meymar and Suárez, Barcelona is the club with most players in the list. The trio, among the top 13, scored a total of 41 goals; 8 for their national teams and 33 for Barca.

Goals
# Player Country Conf. Club Country Conf. Country Club Total
1 Robert Lewandowski Poland UEFA FC Bayern Munich Germany UEFA 11 11 22
2 Ahmed Khalil UAE AFC Al Ahli Dubai UAE AFC 14 6 20
3 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal UEFA Real Madrid C.F. Spain UEFA 3 16 19
4 Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Saudi Arabia AFC Al-Nassr FC Saudi Arabia AFC 18 0 18
5 Luis Suárez Uruguay CONMEBOL FC Barcelona Spain UEFA 0 16 16
6 Xu Yang China AFC Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C. China AFC 9 6 15
7 Thomas Müller Germany UEFA FC Bayern Munich Germany UEFA 5 9 14
8 Ali Mabkhout UAE AFC Al Jazira Club UAE AFC 13 0 13
9 Hamza Al Dardour Jordan AFC Al-Ramtha SC Jordan AFC 13 0 13
10 Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden UEFA Paris Saint-Germain France UEFA 11 2 13
11 Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior Brazil CONMEBOL FC Barcelona Spain UEFA 4 9 13
12 Sergio Agüero Argentina CONMEBOL Manchester City F.C. England UEFA 10 2 12
13 Lionel Messi Argentina CONMEBOL FC Barcelona Spain UEFA 4 8 12
14 Dabao Yu China AFC Beijing Guoan F.C. China AFC 9 2 11
15 Heung-min Son South Korea AFC Bayer 04 Leverkusen / Tottenham Germany / England UEFA 9 2 11
16 Manuchekhr Dzhalilov Tajikistan AFC FC Istiklol Tajikistan AFC 7 4 11
17 Keisuke Honda Japan AFC A.C. Milan Italy UEFA 10 0 10
18 Miller Bolaños Ecuador CONMEBOL Club Sport Emelec Ecuador CONMEBOL 6 4 10
19 Vincent Aboubakar Cameroon CAF FC Porto Portugal UEFA 6 4 10
20 Olivier Giroud France UEFA Arsenal F.C. England UEFA 4 6 10
21 Oribe Peralta Mexico CONCACAF Club América Mexico CONCACAF 4 6 10
22 Thamsanqa Gabuza South Africa CAF Orlando Pirates South Africa CAF 4 6 10
23 Mbwana Samatta Tanzania CAF TP Mazembe DR Congo CAF 3 7 10
24 Clint Dempsey USA CONCACAF Seattle Sounders FC USA CONCACAF 9 0 9
25 Tim Cahil Australia AFC Shanghai Grenland China AFC 9 0 9
26 Edin Džeko Bosnia & Berzgovina UEFA AS Roma Italy UEFA 7 2 9
27 Hassan Al-Haidos Qatar AFC Al-Sadd SC Qatar AFC 6 3 9
28 Igor Sergeev Uzbekistan AFC Pakhtakor Tashkent FK Uzbekistan AFC 6 3 9
29 Sunil Chhetri India AFC Bengaluru FC India AFC 6 3 9
30 Paolo Guerrero Peru CONMEBOL Sport Club Corinthians Paulista Brazil CONMEBOL 5 4 9
31 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gabon CAF Borossia Dortmund Germany UEFA 5 4 9
32 Bader Al-Mutawa Kuwait AFC Qadsia SC Kuwait AFC 4 5 9
33 Ivan Perišić Croatia UEFA VfL Wolfsburg Germany UEFA 4 5 9
34 Javier Hernández Mexico CONCACAF Real Madrid C.F. / Bayer Leverkusen Spain / Germany UEFA 3 6 9
35 Gonzalo Higuaín Argentina CONMEBOL S.S.C. Napoli Italy UEFA 2 7 9
36 Thievy Bifouma Congo CAF UD Almería Spain UEFA 8 0 8
37 Islam Slimani Algeria CAF Sporting Portugal Portugal UEFA 7 1 8
38 Marc Janko Austria UEFA FC Basel Switzerland UEFA 7 1 8
39 Younis Mahmoud Iraq AFC Erbil SC iraq AFC 6 2 8
40 Alexis Sanchez Chile CONMEBOL Arsenal F.C. England UEFA 5 3 8
41 Arkadiusz Milik Poland UEFA AFC Ajax Amsterdam Netherlands UEFA 4 4 8
42 Asamoah Gyan Ghana CAF Al-Ain FC UAE AFC 3 5 8
43 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Netherlands UEFA FC Schalke 04 Germany UEFA 3 5 8
44 Carlos Bacca Colombia CONMEBOL Sevilla FC Spain UEFA 2 6 8
45 Givanildo Vieira de Sousa “Hulk” Brazil CONMEBOL FC Zenit Saint Petersburg Russia UEFA 2 6 8
46 Alvaro Morata Spain UEFA Juventus Torino Italy UEFA 1 7 8
47 Daniel McBreen Australia AFC South China AA Hong Kong AFC 0 8 8
48 Darío Benedetto Argentina CONMEBOL Club América Mexico CONCACAF 0 8 8
49 Gustavo Bou Argentina CONMEBOL Racing Club de Avellaneda Argentina CONMEBOL 0 8 8
50 Ricardo Goulart Brazil CONMEBOL Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao China AFC 0 8 8
51 Riste Naumov Macedonia UEFA Ayeyawady United Burma AFC 0 8 8
52 Ramón Ábila Argentina CONMEBOL Club Atlético Huracán Argentina CONMEBOL 0 8 8
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