Which players have had the biggest impact on their teams in 2023?
In the world of football, 2023 has seen some extraordinary performances from players across various leagues. These athletes have not only showcased their individual brilliance but have also significantly contributed to their teams' successes.
From the English Premier League to leagues in Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Qatar, and Cambodia, the global nature of football talent is evident. Here's a closer look at the top five performers of this season, based on their goal contributions.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nassr)
Ronaldo's performance remains at an elite level with 28 contributions (19 goals and 9 assists), in the 2023/24 season already despite playing in Saudi Arabia, highlighting his unparalleled skills and longevity.
Ronaldo will also likely finish the calendar year as the player with the most goals after netting 53 goals in 2023, more than Manchester City's Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe.
Harry Kane (Bayern Munich): Kane's switch to Bayern Munich has been a success story with 26 contributions (21 goals and 5 assists). His consistent scoring prowess puts him on the path to breaking league records.
Santiago Gimenez (Feyenoord)
The Mexican international has been a revelation for Feyenoord, contributing 22 times (18 goals and 4 assists). His form has attracted interest from top European clubs.
Akram Afif (Al Sadd)
A key player for Al Sadd, Afif has 21 contributions (13 goals and 8 assists). His impressive performance as a winger is noteworthy in the Qatari league.
Marcus Haber (Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng)
The Canadian striker, playing in Cambodia, has 21 contributions (19 goals and 2 assists), showcasing his enduring quality in front of goal.
These players represent a diverse array of talent across global football leagues. Each has made significant impacts for their respective teams, demonstrating the global and multicultural nature of football excellence.
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