5) Edinson Cavani
Often criticised for his profligacy, Cavani shut his doubters last season as he scored 49 goals across all competitions. While he might not have filled Ibrahimovic’s leadership skills at Parc de Paris, he did manage to become the main man for PSG. As France moves up on the UEFA coefficient list, Cavani’s goal would be worth 2 points, as compared to 1.5 points he achieved last season. The 30-year old, finished ninth last season in the race for Golden Boot, partly due to the 1.5 points he got per goal else he would have ended second, behind Lionel Messi. Cavani would be hoping to build on an excellent last campaign. With the club breaking the bank this summer to bring in Neymar, Cavani can expect many more chances to score. He has already scored 2 goals in as many games in the Ligue 1 as PSG look to reclaim the title from Monaco.
4) Harry Kane
The ‘One Season wonder’ has now scored more than 20 goals in each of his last three seasons. The epitome came at the end of the last season as he won the Golden Boot. Kane ended the last season with a massive 29 goals to his name; despite the fact that he missed months due to injury. If the English striker does manage to stay fit for the entire campaign, there is little doubt as to who will win the golden boot in the premier league again. While much has been made of Spurs’ lack of transfer activity, the fact is that Spurs did not sell anyone except Kyle Walker, who was the second choice during the business end of the last season. As Spurs hope to go one better in the league race this time, the Londoners would be looking at Kane for inspiration.
3) Robert Lewandowski
One of the best players in the world at the moment, Robert Lewandowski publicly demonstrated his frustration with Bayern teammates, as he was beaten by ex-teammate Aubameyang for the” kicker Torjägerkanone” on the final day. Nevertheless, Lewandowski still managed to score 30 goals in the league last season, the second straight season he managed to do so. The Polish skipper will surely add yet another Bundesliga medal at the end of the last season barring some miracle. His eyes will be on the prestigious Golden Shoe. While he may be one of the heavy favourites, 34 matches in the Bundesliga might just prove detrimental to Lewandowski’s cause, as it would mean he has to score more goals whilst playing four games less than his competitors.
2) Lionel Messi
The Argentine attacker easily won the Golden Shoe last season, scoring 37 goals in La Liga. Bas Dost, the Dutch striker, was the closest to Messi; however, his goals were worth only 1.5 points per game due to Portuguese league’s fall in the UEFA coefficient. The summer was arguably the most turbulent Barca have had to endure in recent seasons, with the club losing Neymar in a world-record move to PSG. The transfer caught everyone, let alone Barcelona by surprise. As Barcaenter a critical season with the gap with Real Madrid constantly widening, the pressure will be on Messi to lead the club.
1) Cristiano Ronaldo
For all the talk about Ronaldo’s decline, the Portuguese star gave everyone food for thought with his decisive goals in the Champions League. While Ronaldo did perform astronomically well in the latter stages of the Champions League, his league form did take a heavy blow last season. A 25-goal season might be the best in a normal striker’s career, but for Ronaldo, it was a horrible campaign. He will be hoping for a much better return in the La Liga this season. His goal against Barca in the Supercopa 1st leg was just a mere reminder of Ronaldo’s unimpeachable qualities.