Native Born Leading Football Goal Scorers


    This table shows the nations that have had a drought of native born goal scoring leaders in their top-level leagues. The players listed must have been "born" in the country of their league to make the list. This means that Polish-born Miroslav Klose in Germany and Jamaican-born Jeff Cunningham in MLS didn't make the list, even though they both lead their leagues in scoring in 2006.

    The table shows the last player to lead their home league in scoring.

    PlayerClubNation
    Goals
    Year
    Michael PreetzHertha BerlinGermany
    23
    1998-99
    Kevin PhillipsSunderlandEngland
    30
    1999-00
    Diego TristanDeportivo La CorunaSpain
    21
    2001-02
    Djibril CisseAuxerreFrance
    26
    2001-02
    Naohiro TakaharaJubilo IwataJapan
    26
    2002
    Simão SabrosaBenficaPortugal
    18
    2002-03
    Markus RosenbergHamstads BKSweden
    14
    2004
    Taylor TwellmanNew England RevolutionUSA
    17
    2005
    Steffen HojerViborg FFDenmark
    16
    2005-06
    Dirk KuytFeyenoordNetherlands
    24
    2005-06


    Serie A has had an Italian born top scorer since 2003-04, when Andriy Schevchenko led the league. David Trezeguet, Adrian Mutu, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all close to the top this season though.

    German Born Mario Gomez is three goals back of Luca Toni in the Bundesliga, it looks like another year may go by without a German born top scorer.

    Jermaine Defoe has 12 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo has 28. I don't think he's going to catch up.

    It looks like Lyon's Karim Benzema may end the six year French scoring title drought in Ligue 1, he leads the league with 17 goals currently, two more than trailing Mamadou Niang from Senegal.

    Which American born player can take the MLS scoring crown this year?
    Source URL: http://shoocer.blogspot.com/2011/06/native-born-leading-football-goal.html
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