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Ligue 1 is home to some of the best footballers in the world, especially in the attacking positions. Paris Saint-Germain alone have three of the foremost forwards in the modern game, but there is talent to be found elsewhere in the division too.
The 2022/23 campaign gets under way on August 5 and will not conclude until June 4. That is due to mid-season break in November and December to make space for the World Cup in Qatar.
That pause is unlikely to have much of an impact on the Ligue 1 title race, but it could be a factor in determining which players finish as the Ligue 1 top scorers 2022/23.
The odds for the Ligue 1 top scorers 2022/23 are brought to you from Unibet Sportsbook.
|Ligue 1 Top Scorers 2022/23 Odds||Odds|
|Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)||-145|
|Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)||+275|
|Jonathan David (Lille)||+800|
|Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)||+1000|
|Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco)||+1000|
|Martin Terrier (Rennes)||+1400|
|Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)||+1600|
Kylian Mbappe is the favorite to finish at the top of the Ligue 1 top scorers chart. The Paris Saint-Germain talisman looked set to join La Liga side Real Madrid this summer, but he performed a last-minute U-turn and signed a new deal with PSG instead. That is bad news not only for Madrid, but also for Ligue 1 defenses.
Mbappe is not the only world-class forward at the Parc des Princes. Lionel Messi’s first season with the club was underwhelming but he should improve this time around. And Neymar has something to prove after reports that PSG were open to selling him in the summer.
Wissam Ben Yedder of Monaco has an excellent track record of putting the ball in the back of the net, so do not write him off in this particular race. Lyon’s Moussa Dembele is another one to watch, while the talented Arek Milik could be an outsider after averaging close to a goal every other game during his loan spell at Marseille last time out.
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|Player and Club(s)||Goals|
|Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)||28|
|Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco)||25|
|Moussa Dembele (Lyon)||21|
|Martin Terrier (Rennes)||21|
|Andy Delort (Montpellier/Nice)||18|
|Jonathan David (Lille)||15|
|Gaetan Laborde (Montpellier/Rennes)||15|
|Mohamed Bayo (Clermont)||14|
|Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)||13|
|Player and Clubs||Goals|
|Delio Onnis (Monaco, Reims, Tours, Toulon)||299|
|Bernard Lacombe (Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux)||255|
|Herve Revelli (Saint-Etienne, Nice)||216|
|Roger Courtois (Sochaux, Troyes)||210|
|Thadee Cisowski (Metz, RC Paris, Valenciennes)||206|
|Roger Piantoni (Nancy, Reims, Nice)||203|
|Joseph Ujlaki (Stade Francais, Sete, Nimes, Nice, RC Paris)||190|
|Fleury Di Nallo (Lyon, Red Star)||187|
|Carlos Bianchi (Reims, Paris Saint-Germain, Strasbourg)||179|
|Gunnar Andersson (Marseille, Bordeaux)||179|
(Last 10 seasons)
|Player(s), Club and Goals||Season|
|Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain – 28||2021/22|
|Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain – 27||2020/21|
|Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain and Wissam Ben Yedder, Monaco – 28||2019/20|
|Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain – 33||2018/19|
|Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain – 28||2017/18|
|Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain – 35||2016/17|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paris Saint-Germain – 38||2015/16|
|Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon – 27||2014/15|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paris Saint-Germain – 26||2013/14|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paris Saint-Germain – 30||2012/13|
Carlos Bianchi, Delio Onnis and Jean-Pierre Papin have all finished as the Ligue 1 top scorer on five occasions.
Each of Bianchi’s awards came within a six-year period, while Onnis finished at the summit of the standings with three different clubs. Papin scooped the prize five seasons on the bounce in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Josip Skoblar holds the record for the most goals scored in a Ligue 1 season. A Yugoslavia international, Skoblar represented Marseille between 1969 and 1975, having previously had a successful loan spell with the club.
In the 1970/71 campaign, Skoblar scored 44 goals in 36 matches to fire Marseille to the Ligue 1 title. He is still the only player in the history of the French top flight to score more than 40 goals in a season – in second place is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 38 times for Paris Saint-Germain in 2015/16.
The Ligue 1 top goalscorer is simply the player who has found the back of the net the most often over the course of the season.
The winner is only confirmed after each team has played all 38 of its matches, although the top goalscorer can often be predicted a few games before the end of the season if the player in first place has established a significant lead over his rivals.
Soccer fans based in the United States can watch Ligue 1 on beIN SPORTS and fuboTV. This season will run from August 5 to June 4 due to the 2022 World Cup, but the campaign usually finishes in mid-to-late May.
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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