The Europa League is the continent's secondary UEFA competition but it still offers the winner a valuable pathway through to the Champions League.
Playing on Thursday nights still carries a needling stigma in the football fandom world but some of the game's greatest players have enjoyed memorable campaigns in the Europa League - with some especially iconic goalscorers.
Europa League top scorers 2022/23
1. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Minutes per goal: 86
Shots to goals conversion rate: 23%
Manchester United have designs on getting back into the Champions League but until then, they have stars like Marcus Rashford who can help them go far in the Europa League.
2. Victor Boniface (Union Saint-Gilloise)
Minutes per goal: 130
Shots to goals conversion rate: 33%
Nigerian youngster Victor Boniface is Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise's main goal threat up front and excellent in the air.
3. Santiago Gimenez (Feyenoord)
Minutes per goal: 86
Shots to goals conversion rate: 45%
Also known as Chaquito, Santiago Gimenez broke through at Cruz Azul in Liga MX before joining Feyenoord in 2022.
4. Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma)
Minutes per goal: 221
Shots to goals conversion rate: 15%
Roma's skipper captained his boyhood club to the inaugural Europa Conference League title last season and has found a scoring touch in their bid to win another continental title this term.
5. Vitor Oliveira (Braga)
Minutes per goal: 102
Shots to goals conversion rate: 36%
22-year-old Vitor Oliveira announced himself on the European scene with a hat trick against Union Saint-Gilloise in the 2022/23 group stage.
6. Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco)
Minutes per goal: 132
Shots to goals conversion rate: 27%
Owner of one of the best names in football, Wissam Ben Yedder continues to rattle them in for Monaco in Ligue 1 and Europe.
7. Paulo Dybala (Roma)
Minutes per goal: 146
Shots to goals conversion rate: 22%
La Joya - the Jewel - is no stranger to a scoring hot streak - even literally. As a kid in Laguna Larga, Paulo Dybala and his pals would douse a ball in kerosene and set it alight before juggling it.
8. Robin Knoche (Union Berlin)
Minutes per goal: 223
Shots to goals conversion rate: 44%
Former Germany Under-21 centre back Robin Knoche has found his shooting boots in this season's competition.
9. Angel Di Maria (Juventus)
Minutes per goal: 105
Shots to goals conversion rate: 31%
Angel Di Maria isn't that familiar with the Europa League but could add the trophy to his bulging cabinet with success with Juventus.
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Who won the Europa League Golden Boot in 2021/22?
James Tavernier was the top scorer in the Europa League last season as the right back netted seven times in Rangers' run to the final.
He finished one goal ahead of Karl Toko Ekambi and Galeno, who both scored six times.
Europa League all-time top scorers
Henrik Larsson is the all-time leading goalscorer in the Europa League, having struck 40 times across spells with Feyenoord, Celtic and Helsingborg. His Celtic side came close to winning the competition in 2002/03, being defeated 3-2 by Porto.
- Henrik Larsson - 40 (Feyenoord, Celtic, Helsingborg)
- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar - 34 (Heerenveen, Ajax, Schalke)
- Alfredo Morelos - 32 (HJK, Rangers)
- Aritz Aduriz - 31 (Athletic Club)
- Radamel Falcao - 31 (Porto, Atletico Madrid)
- Dieter Muller - 29 (Koln, Stuttgart, Bordeaux)