The Global Top Scoring Strikers Of 2023: Shalulile Among The Elite
Mamelodi Sundowns’ Peter Shalulile has been in red-hot form since his return from injury on 10 January, netting 5 times in the DStv Premiership, 2 in two Nedbank Cup fixtures, and 3 times in the CAF Champions League, making a total of 10 goals for his club.
In addition, Shalulile scored twice for his country, Namibia, over two fixtures against Cameroon during the recent international break, taking his overall tally for 2023 to an impressive 15 goals. Only Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has scored more with 16.
Shalulile in Second Place for Top Goalscorers of 2023
Shalulile is level in second place with Erling Haaland and Victor Osimhen on the list of top goalscorers of 2023. However, Shalulile is the only player based in Africa among the top 30 players listed by the International Federation of Football Statistics and History (IFFHS), making his achievement even more impressive.
Chance to Overtake Rashford
Shalulile could draw level with Rashford if he scores against Cape Town City on Tuesday, and if he scores twice, he could become the leading goalscorer of 2023 worldwide. This is remarkable considering Shalulile missed much of the first half of the season due to injury.
Exclusive Interview with Shalulile
Shalulile spoke exclusively to Lorenz Kohler for an iDiski Times feature, where he shared his thoughts on his current form and the support he receives from his teammates and fans. The 29-year-old striker is determined to continue scoring goals for Sundowns and Namibia.
Ronaldo and Mbappe Follow in the Rankings
Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe follow further down the ranking, with both currently sitting on 13 goals for club and country. However, the race for the top goalscorer of 2023 is far from over, and there is still plenty of time for players to make their mark and climb up the rankings.
- Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – 16 goals*
- Peter Shalulile (Mamelodi Sundowns) – 15 goals
- Erling Haaland (Manchester City) – 15 goals
- Victor Osimhen (Napoli) – 15 goals
- Jonathan David (Lille) – 14 goals
- Enner Valencia (Fenerbahce) – 14 goals
- German Cano (Fluminense) – 14 goals
- Lele (Volta Redondo) – 14 goals