Argentina strikers season review, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala


Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni has selected nine forwards for the Finalissima match against Italy as we review their season.

With the European league season over, it was Lautaro Martínez who finished as the Argentine with the most goals. Winning the Coppa Italia, he finished with 25 goals for Inter. Here are his goals and assists for the season:

49 matches, 25 goals, 4 assists
Champions League: 8 matches, 1 goal
Supercoppa Italiana: 1 match, 1 goal
Coppa Italia: 5 matches, 2 goals, 1 assist

His team mate at Inter Joaquín Correa finished the season with two goals in the last match. Finishing with six goals, he was on loan from Lazio and like Lautaro, he won the Coppa Italia. A potential back up to Lautaro, Correa has played as number nine before for the Argentina national team. Here are his numbers for the season:

36 matches, 6 goals, 2 assists
Serie A: 26 matches, 6 goals, 1 assist
Champions League: 5 matches
Supercoppa Italiana: 1 match
Coppa Italia: 4 matches, 1 assist

Remaining in Italy, Nicolás González had a solid first season. With Fiorentina, the winger ended with eight goals and nine assists. Here were his numbers:

39 matches, 8 goals, 9 assists.
Serie A: 33 matches, 7 goals, 7 assists
Coppa Italia: 6 matches, 1 goal, 1 assist

One player who will likely remain in Italy is Paulo Dybala. In his last season with Juventus, the Argentine finished with 15 goals. He is rumored to join Lautaro at Inter. While not always selected and starting for the Argentina national team, a move to Inter could benefit him where he would play alongside Lautaro. Here were his numbers this season:

39 matches, 15 goals, 6 assists.
Serie A: 29 matches, 10 goals, 5 assists
Champions League: 5 matches, 3 goals, 1 assist
Supercoppa Italiana: 1 match
Coppa Italia: 4 matches, 2 goals

In France, it was a first season for Lionel Messi. While not reaching the same heights as he did in previous season, he did not have a pre-season, had an injury, COVID and the flu. He still finished with 11 goals and 14 assists as he and PSG won Ligue 1 this season.

34 matches, 11 goals, 14 assists.
Ligue 1: 26 matches, 6 goals, 14 assists
Champions League: 7 matches, 5 goals
Coupe de France: 1 match

His team mate at the club, Ángel Di María finished with five goals and nine assists. In his last season at the club, he is set to join Juventus. Here were his numbers:

31 matches, 5 goals, 9 assists
Ligue 1: 26 matches, 5 goals, 8 assists
Champions League: 5 matches, 1 assist

In Spain, Alejandro Papu Gómez missed a few matches for Sevilla. However, he still ended with six goals. Here were his numbers:

40 matches, 6 goals, 3 assists.
La Liga: 29 matches, 5 goals, 1 assist
Champions League: 5 matches, 0 goals
Europa League: 2 matches, 2 assists
Copa del Rey: 4 matches, 1 assist

Ángel Correa was one of Atletico Madrid’s best players. Having won the January La Liga Player of the Month award, he ended with 12 goals and six assists. A versatile player, he can play on the wing or in the middle. Here were his numbers:

49 matches, 12 goals, 6 assists.
La Liga: 36 matches, 12 goals, 5 assists
Champions League: 10 matches, 1 goal
Copa del Rey: 2 matches, 1 assist
Supercopa: 1 match

The only Argentine forward in the team selected by Lionel Scaloni who is not playing in Europe is Julián Álvarez. The Argentine will join Manchester City next season but this season with River Plate he has eight goals and four assists. Similar to both Correa’s and even Dybala, he is versatile and could be a possible replacement as the number nine for Lautaro. Here are his numbers:

16 matches, 8 goals, 4 assists
Copa de la Liga: 11 matches, 8 goals, 2 assists
Copa Libertadores: 5 matches, 2 assists


  1. Lautaro stats is quite interesting compare to last season where he actually involved in more goals.

    This season , 25 goals + 4 assists = 29 goals contribution
    Last season , 19 goals + 11 assists = 30 goals contribution

    Its obvious that this season he’s learning to play as finisher while last season he mostly played a second forward role while also trading passes with Lukaku. This actually has benifited us since he has been more clinical in NT in 21/22 season.

    Also, Lautaro has 7 goals + 3 assists in WC qualifier (10 goals contribution), I know Messi also has 7 goals but he actually has 0 assist in this qualifier. Lo Celso is our top assister with 5.

    • sorry for the shite format but the 1st number is league goals. Toro wasn’t far behind making top 5. Lewas numbers are freakish but Toro could make it if he’s consistent next season.

      I’ll admit seeing Messi, Aguero, and Higuain make the top 10 over and over again was awesome but we dont have that anymore. Toro, Dybala, Messi could make it next season…we’ll see.

      1. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern München Bundesliga 35 2 70
      2. Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 28 2 56
      3. Ciro Immobile, Lazio Serie A 27 2 54
      3. Karim Benzema, Real Madrid La Liga 27 2 54
      5. Wissam Ben Yedder, Monaco Ligue 1 25 2 50
      6. Ohi Omoijuanfo, Red Star Belgrade Champions League 33 49.5
      7. Patrik Schick, Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 24 2 48
      7. Dusan Vlahovic, Juventus Serie A 24 2 48
      9. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool 23 2 46
      9. Son Heung-Min, Tottenham 23 2 46
      11. Erling Braut Haaland, Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 22 2 44
      12. Marko Livaja, Hajduk Split Champions League 28 1.5 42
      13. Moussa Dembélé, Lyon Ligue 1 21 2 42
      13. Lautaro Martinez, Inter Serie A 21 2 42

    • In past 2 seasons (2020-2022), Lautaro scored 10 goals for Argentina, so within those period he has 72 goals contribution in total which is quite impressive.

      Club level 2020-2022 , 44 goals + 15 assists = 59
      International level 2020-2022 , 10 goals + 3 assists = 13

      I wouldnt write out Lautaro chance for winning golden boot. He’s only 24 even though it feels like he’s been playing forever. He’s among top 5 goalscorer in WC qualifier alongside the likes of Messi, Neymar, Suarez. He’s only 1 goal behind Messi/Diaz in recent Copa America. In fact, I think he could at least hit 5-6 goals at WC if things goes well for Argentina.

    • Speaking of golden boot , you forgot that one of Mundo mythical player Mauro Icardi has been league top scorer twice and recorded 6 hattricks at serie A (equal with Bati) 😀

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