After a long run of good form, picking up the Champions League, the La Liga title and the Supercopa de España, Cristiano Ronaldo’s good from looks to have stagnated so far this season, with the Portuguese man enduring an unprecedented goal drought in the league.
If not for his form in the Champions League, the Real Madrid star would be without any competitive goals this season.
With Ronaldo having only netted only four goals from six appearances (a poor return by his impeccable standards), here are five undistinguished players who have notched more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo so far this season…
1. Simone Zaza
After a calamitous loan spell at West Ham United and Euro 2016 campaign, Simone Zaza looks as though he has finally put the memories of that Italy penalty miss to rest and is once again finding his feet.
After a six month loan spell with Valencia in the second half of the 2016/17 season, Zaza made his switch from Juventus to Los Murcielagos permanent in the summer and he has repaid his new club in kind.
This season, the Italian forward has notched six goals from seven league appearances, including a hat-trick against Malaga, seeing him surge to second in the La Liga goalscoring charts, his tally for the season being bettered only by Lionel Messi.
2. Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy looks to have another impressive season ahead of him in the Premier League. After notching only 13 league goals last season, the 30-year-old England man looks to have returned to the kind of form that helped Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2015/16.
Having already netted five times in the league this season, averaging a goal every 122 minutes, Vardy could well be on his way to notching upwards of 20 goals this season if his current form continues. A big contrast to his tally from last season and therefore warranting a spot in this list.
3. Mario Balotelli
Ever since leaving AC Milan for Liverpool, Balotelli has struggled to recapture the kind of form he enjoyed in his early playing days with Inter and Manchester City. However, a move to OGC Nice seems to have revitalised ‘Super’ Mario’s career.
So far this season Balotelli has been unstoppable in Ligue 1, notching five goals from five games, averaging an astounding goal every 72 minutes. The Italian’s two other goals have come in European competition as he scored in the Champions League qualifiers and Europa League group stage.
4. Vagner Love
The Brazilian journeyman, Vagner Love, is currently plying his trade in the Turkish Super Lig with Aytemiz Alanyaspor.
Although his side is currently sitting eighth in the league, one point behind Fenerbahce, Love is currently the league’s joint top goalscorer. Among the other three players to net seven in the league this season is former Swansea and Marseille man, Bafetimbi Gomis.
5. Wout Weghorst
AZ Alkmaar’s Wout Weghorst has proven pivotal to his side’s performances so far this season as he has netted over half of all their league goals so far this campaign. As well as displaying good form in the Eredivisie, Weghorst has been influential in the KNVB Beker, notching a brace in a 3-2 win over second tier side, MVV Maastricht.
Since joining AZ in 2016, Weghorst has proven to be invaluable to the Alkmaar-Zaanstreek outfit, scoring 13 league goals in his debut season, and the 25-year-old Dutchman looks set to build upon that tally this season.