Picture : Georgios Giakoumakis, 11 goals with Venlo in the Netherlands.

The World’s Best Goal Scorer 2021 at January 31: Giakoumakis and Bounedjah on top!

New faces lead the ranking after the first month of 2021. No one of three leaders figured even in top-50 of the list of World’s best goal-scorers of the last year.
However, Baghdad Bounedjah (picture down) is quite famous striker, at least in his region. Moreover, he won already one annual contest in this category having scored 58 goals in 2018. After taking some “rest” in next two years, the Algerian started 2021 with a big desire to fight for the title again. 
Bounedjah exploded with 11 goals scored for Al Sadd in first 4 games of new year in Qatari Start League. It was his only 4 games played in January; in each of them he scored at least 2 goals including a hat-trick vs Al Duhail (3:1, Jan 12) and a “poker” (Italian term used for 4 goals in a match) vs Al Sailiya (8:0, Jan 7).
Then, Al Sadd crushed his rival Muaither 7:0 in Emir Cup game on Jan 26. It would be a good chance for Baghdad to add next 3 or 4 goals to his tally; but he annoyingly was not given to play even a minute.

As for other two guys topping the January ranking, Georgios Giakoumakis and Aaron Boupendza, they were never noticed as decent goal-scorers before this season. 
Particularly, Giakoumakis, 26 year old Greek based in Netherlands: he scored only 10 goals in total for 3 previous seasons (in all competitions). Now he dominates Eredivisie having scored for Venlo 21 goals, almost twice more than anyone else in the league! 11 of them occurred in January, including two “pokers”, vs Den Haag (4:1, Jan 13) and vs Vitesse (also 4:1, Jan 27).
Venlo runs only 14th in Eredivisie and scored total 34 goals in the league. You can easily calculate the Giakoumakis share: he scores 62 per cent of all his team’s goals. Very rare case in the world football!
Bupendza’s is also amazing. This 24 year old Gabonese didn’t play at top flight before this season. And even in low-ranked divisions of Portugal and France where he tried during last seasons, he didn’t prove too prolific. Now he confidently leads Turkish Super-League goal-scorers’ contest with 15 goals for Hatayspor. 8 of them were scored in January.
Giakoumakis and Bounedjah have identical data at the moment; the Greek takes first place due to next criteria: strength of the league. Eredivisie is higher in the IFFHS ranking than Stars League.
Robert Lewandowski, 2020 winner, runs joint 5th with 7 goals. The other leaders of the 2020 edition are beyond the current top-20. Lukaku scored 5 goals in January, Cristiano Ronaldo and Haaland 4 goals each.


 PlayerClubCountryGoals    Total
1Georgios GiakoumakisVenlo (Netherlands)Greece11    11
2Baghdad BounedjahAl Sadd (Qatar)Algeria11    11
3Aaron BoupendzaHatayspor (Turkey)Gabon8    8
4Youssef En-NesyriSevilla (Spain)Morocco7    7
5André SilvaEintracht (Germany)Portugal7    7
 Robert Lewandowski Bayern (Germany)Poland7    7
7Jan KuchtaSlavia PragueCzech Republic7    7
8Paul OnuachuGenk (Belgium)Nigeria7    7
 Fashion SakalaOostende (Belgium)Zambia7    7
10Luis JiménezPalestinoChile7    7
11Cyle LarinBeşiktaş (Turkey)Canada61   7
12Edmilson JuniorAl Duhail (Qatar)

Brazil52   7
13ClaudinhoRB BragantinoBrazil6    6
14Luis Suárez Atletico (Spain)Uruguay6    6
15Smail PrevljakEupen (Belgium)Bosnia and Herzegovina6    6
16Lionel Messi Barcelona (Spain)Argentina51   6
17Sergio CanalesReal BetisSpain42   6

NL = National League

NC = National Cup

ICC = International Club Competitions

NT = National Team

The World’s Best National Top Division Scorer 2021 at January 31: Giakoumakis the first leader of new year

A Greek forward Georgios Giakoumakis leads the annual ranking of world’s national top division goal-scorers after the first month of 2021. He managed to score 11 goals in 7 matches of Netherlands league in January.
Same amount is on current tally of the Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah from Al Sadd (Qatar). He takes 2nd place due to tiebreak criteria: strength of the league (by IFFHS ranking).
The top part of ranking nearly coincides the one of other category (World’s Best Goal-Scorer 2021); it’s because many leading goal-scorers’ January tallies were formed entirely by domestic league goals. Cup goals contributed only a little bit and international actually not at all.
The 2020 winner Cristiano Ronaldo is yet far from top; he scored only 3 league goals in January.


1Georgios GiakoumakisVenlo (Netherlands)Greece11
2Baghdad BounedjahAl Sadd (Qatar)Algeria11
3Aaron BoupendzaHatayspor (Turkey)Gabon8
4Youssef En-NesyriSevilla (Spain)Morocco7
5André SilvaEintracht (Germany)Portugal7
 Robert Lewandowski Bayern (Germany)Poland7
7Jan KuchtaSlavia PragueCzech Republic7
8Paul OnuachuGenk (Belgium)Nigeria7
9Fashion SakalaOostende (Belgium)Zambia7
10Luis JiménezPalestinoChile7
11ClaudinhoRB BragantinoBrazil6
12Luis Suárez Atletico (Spain)Uruguay6
13Smail PrevljakEupen (Belgium)Bosnia and Herzegovina6
14Cyle LarinBeşiktaş (Turkey)Canada6
15Mattia DestroGenoaItaly5
16Borja MayoralRoma (Italy)Spain5
17Duván ZapataAtalanta (Italy)Colombia5
18Ilkay GündoganManchester City (England)Germany5
19Lionel Messi Barcelona (Spain)Argentina5
20Matthew HoppeSchalke (Germany)USA5
 Andrej KramarićHoffenheim (Germany)Croatia5
22Youssef ObamaZamalekEgypt5
23Ramadan SobhiPyramidsEgypt5
24Bas DostBrugge (Belgium)Netherlands5
25Florin TanaseFCSBRomania5
26Khouma BabacarAlanyaspor (Turkey)Senegal5
27Nicolas DiguinyApollon (Cyprus)France5
28Juan Sánchez SoteloHuachipato (Chile)Argentina5
29Edmilson JuniorAl Duhail (Qatar)

 Rodrigo Tabata Al Sadd Qatar5
31Bradley GroblerSuperSport UnitedSouth Africa5
32Clayvin ZúñigaChurchill Brothers (India)Honduras5
33Franklin SasereHamrun Spartans (Malta)Nigeria5
34Pa Omar JobeSheikh Jamal (Bangladesh)Gambia5
 All goals scored in top national divisions worldwide were taken in account.   
 Period: from January 1, 2021 to January 31, 2021.   
 Tiebreaking criteria in case of equal number of total goals:    
 1) strength of the league (according to IFFHS ranking),    
 2) number of games played.