Baghdad Bounedjah, Second African to Win the Title ! 

 

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Baghdad Bounedjah : 7 goals for Algeria and 13 for Al Sadd Doha

 

Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah of Al-Sadd Doha won the Award for The World’s Best  International Top Goal Scorer for 2018 with 20 goals. He scored 7 international goals for Algeria, and 13 for Al-Sadd in AFC Champions League. He is followed by 4 players with 15 goals each; Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United, Moroccan Ayoub El Kaabi of RS Berkane, Egyptian Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and French Antoine Griezmann of Atlético Madrid.

Bounedjah if the 2nd African to clinch the title after Congolese Tresor M’putu Mabi of TP Mazembe Lumumbashi who scored the same record, 20 goals, in 2007. With 32 goals , Portugese Cristiano Ronaldo still holds the record for most international goals in a year, and he is the only player to win the title 4 times (2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017).

Romelu Lukaku scored most country goals in 2018; he scored 14 goals for Belgium, and is followed by Serbian Aleksandar Mitrović with 12 and Moroccan Ayoub El Kaabi with 11. Africans scored most on club level, with Congolese Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele scoring 14 goals for AS Vita Club, Baghdad Bounedjah 13 for Al-Sadd and Moroccan Mahmoud Benhalib 13 for Raja Casablanca.

Baghdad Bounedjah won the Award for The World’s Best International Top Goal Scorer 2018, but he scored also the most goals in the year 2018 in the World with 59 goals (national competition included), more than Lionel Messi (51) and Cristiano Ronaldo (49)

 

26 players scored 10 goals or more in 2018. They are classified as follows:

  • On National Team level:

–          By Confederation: UEFA (13), CAF (6), AFC (4), CONMEBOL (3)

–          By Country: Belgium, France, Morocco (2)

  • On Club level:

–          By Confederation: UEFA (15), AFC (6), CAF (4), CONMEBOL (1)

–          By Country: Spain (5), England (4), Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco (2)

–          By Club: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg (2)

 

RANKING 2018

Player   Country Confederation Club Country Confederation   Country Club Total
                     
Baghdad Bounedjah   Algeria CAF Al Sadd SC Qatar AFC   7 13 20
Romelu Lukaku   Belgium UEFA Manchester United England UEFA   14 1 15
Ayoub El Kaabi   Morocco CAF RS Berkane Morocco CAF   11 4 15
Mohamed Salah   Egypt CAF Liverpool  England UEFA   7 8 15
Antoine Griezmann   France UEFA Atlético Madrid Spain UEFA   5 10 15
Robert Lewandowski   Poland UEFA Bayern Munich  Germany UEFA   4 10 14
Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele   DR Congo CAF AS Vita Club DR Congo CAF   0 14 14
Kylian Mbappé   France UEFA Paris Saint Germain France UEFA   10 3 13
Harry Kane   England UEFA Tottenham Hotspur England UEFA   8 5 13
Cristiano Ronaldo   Portugal UEFA Juventus / Real Madrid Italy / Spain UEFA   6 7 13
Gareth Bale   Wales UEFA Real Madrid Spain UEFA   5 8 13
Lionel Messi   Argentina CONMEBOL Barcelona Spain UEFA   4 9 13
Edin Džeko   Bosnia and Herzegovina  UEFA Roma Italy UEFA   3 10 13
Mahmoud Benhalib   Morocco CAF Raja Casablanca Morocco CAF   0 13 13
Aleksandar Mitrović   Serbia UEFA Fulham FC England UEFA   12 0 12
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior   Brazl CONMEBOL Paris Saint-Germain France UEFA   7 5 12
An Il-bom   North Korea AFC April 25 Sports Club North Korea AFC   0 12 12
Sunil Chhetri   India AFC Bengaluru FC India AFC   8 2 10
Michy Batshuayi   Belgium UEFA Borussia Dortmund / Valencia Germany / Spain UEFA   7 3 10
Lazarous Kambole   Zambia CAF ZESCO United Zambia CAF   4 6 10
Takumi Minamino   Japan AFC Red Bull Salzburg Austria UEFA   4 6 10
Shin-wook Kim   South Korea AFC Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC South Korea AFC   4 6 10
Moanes Dabour   Israel UEFA Red Bull Salzburg Austria UEFA   2 8 10
Marcus Berg   Sweden UEFA Al Ain FC United Arab Emirates AFC   1 9 10
Miguel Borja   Colombia CONMEBOL SE Palmeiras Brazil CONMEBOL   1 9 10
Bienvenido Marañón  “Bienve”   Spain UEFA Ceres Negros FC Philippines AFC   0 10 10
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