​In a time where Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have repeatedly dominated the goalscoring charts across Europe with some otherworldly strike rates, the emergence of Erling Braut Haaland has looked to temporarily disrupt the status quo.

We're always assured of the Juventus and Barcelona stars hitting unassailable figures across a whole season, but the Norwegian teenage sensation is rivalling them with some outstanding statistics of his own.

Haaland's strike against Werder Bremen in the ​Bundesliga brought his season tally up to an eye-watering 40 already (across spells with Red Bull Salzburg and ​Borussia Dortmund). 

However, he isn't the only player to hit incredible levels in Europe this century in a single campaign. Believe it or not, a couple of others have reached such heights.

And here's the company he could join, or even surpass, if he keeps up his immense form.

Lionel Messi - 73 Goals

Lionel Messi

Starting with the blindingly obvious, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner reached peak godlike levels during the 2011/12 season when he was - even more than usual - untouchable.

He bagged a record breaking 50 goals in ​La Liga, 14 for Argentina and nine elsewhere. It's something we've come to learn as, well, just Messi being ​Messi.

Remarkably, that season only produced one trophy, the Copa del Rey, but unsurprisingly he scooped the Ballon d'Or gong. To avoid repetition, he's also hit 50+ in a single season five other times, as if those weren't mentioned, this would make for a rather monotonous list. 

Cristiano Ronaldo - 61 Goals


Another player who has made mincemeat of scoring in Europe is ​Ronaldo, who even to this day is finding new records to break on his latest venture in ​Serie A.

The 2014/15 season was his most prolific though, where a monstrous 61 goals were scored by the way of the Portuguese during another magnificent campaign with ​Real Madrid.

If you thought the above Messi stat was remarkable, then it'll come as an even greater surprise that Ronaldo didn't win a single trophy that season - which begs the question how rubbish were his teammates that year?

Again, to avoid repetition, Ronaldo also broke the 50-goal mark on five other occasions, all coming during his time in La Liga.

Luis Suarez - 59 Goals


While ​Luis Suarez's first season at Camp Nou may have acted as a bedding in period, his second roll of the dice during the 2015/16 campaign showed he was fully at home on the Catalonian coast.

​No less than 40 league goals were followed by eight in the ​Champions League, while he also found the net domestically with consummate ease. Forming a formidable front three with Messi and ​Neymar, Suarez had all the service he needed to perform at the highest level and, as you'd expect, ​Barça secured a league and cup double that season.

Suarez also came within a whisker of reaching 50 goals during his time with Ajax, netting 49 in he 2009/10 season to put himself firmly in the shop window - something Liverpool couldn't resist.

Mario Jardel - 55 Goals

Having played for top flight rivals Porto for four seasons, Mario Jardel's established himself as the most lethal striker in Portugal during the late 90s. He managed to hit 54 goals during the 1999/2000 season, but he went one better two seasons later at Sporting CP.

There, he bagged a stunning 55 goals to steer his side to their 18th Primeira Liga title, as well as a Taça de Portugal trophy.

Being a mostly unknown name on the continent perhaps stems from his lack of international recognition, as he only made ten appearances for Brazil despite his phenomenal scoring record in Portugal.

Henrik Larsson - 53 Goals

Henrik Larsson

Given the quality of the division it's very easy to overlook how lethal Henrik Larsson was in front of goal. Claims that the Swedish striker was one of the best in Europe at his prime is often deemed as hyperbole due to just that, but such arguments are wide of the mark.

Larsson was a clinical finisher as well as a complete forward, registering 35+ goals in each of his six seasons (one injury plagued campaign being discounted). However, it was the 2000/01 season where he truly excelled, hitting a colossal 53 goals during Celtic's treble-winning year, including 35 in the league alone. 

He established legendary status in Glasgow, and eventually had his hand at the Premier League with Manchester United and at Barcelona. Not a bad career, eh?

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