Cristiano Ronaldo has already bagged nine goals for Manchester United this season but he is not ranked in the top two of over-35 attackers in Europe’s top five leagues
Ronaldo had netted over 100 goals in three campaigns at the Bianconeri and has become arguably the greatest goal scorer of all-time, with 798 goals and counting in his senior career.
Despite his impressive return of nine goals in 12 appearances for the Red Devils so far this season, he is not the top-scoring over-35 player in Europe’s top leagues.
We have taken a look at the most productive players aged 35 or older in Europe’s top five leagues in terms of their goals and assist tallies for the current campaign.
1) Edin Dzeko, Inter (7 goals, 2 assists)
The Bosnian striker has already equalled his league goal tally from last season and has eight strikes to his name across all competitions this campaign.
Having celebrated his 35 th birthday in March, Dzeko is showing no signs of slowing down with his scoring ability and ability to find space in the penalty area still deeply impressive.
2) Radamel Falcao, Rayo Vallecano (5 goals, 0 assists)
Colombian striking legend Falcao completed his return to La Liga after eight years away to join newly-promoted Rayo Vallecano this campaign.
He has already hit five goals in just eight league appearances to date, including the only goal in a win over Barcelona which saw Ronald Koeman sacked at the Catalan club.
Rayo – who were many people’s tips for relegation this season – currently sit sixth due to Falcao’s goals.
3) Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United (4 goals, 1 assist)
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Having missed the first three league matches of the campaign, his goal return is still more than respectable and he is likely to comfortably hit double figures this campaign in the league.
The last time Ronaldo failed to his 20 league goals in a single campaign was with Manchester United in 2008-09, when he hit 18 Premier League goals.
4) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Milan (3 goals, 2 assists)
Having celebrated his 40 th birthday in October, Ibrahimovic has been scoring goals across four decades of his decorated career.
Zlatan was scoring goals for Swedish club Malmo in 1999 and has gone from strength to strength since, recovering from multiple injury problems to incredibly regain fitness in his 40s.
Having netted 15 Serie A goals last term, he has already bagged three in just six league appearances this time round.
5) Burak Yilmaz, Lille (2 goals, 3 assists)
The veteran Turkish striker joined Lille from Besiktas last year and sensationally fired them to last season’s Ligue 1 title, ousting Paris Saint-Germain.
Yilmaz netted 18 goals in his debut campaign for Lille but failed to carry that form into this summer’s Euros, as he and Turkey failed to perform with a meek group stage exit.
He has struck four goals in 14 appearances across all competitions this season but has more assists than goals so far in Ligue 1.
6) Olivier Giroud, Milan (4 goals, 0 assists)
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Giroud is ahead of Ibrahimovic in the Milan pecking order and for the first time in years, the France international is enjoying regular first-team football.
The 35-year-old has an impressive return of four goals in seven Serie A appearances for the Milanese club this campaign, having joined from Chelsea this summer.
The target man is arguably more suited to Italian football and he is thriving so far at the Rossoneri.
7) Ismael Traore, Angers (3 goals, 0 assists)
Incredibly, Ivory Coast central defender Traore has already matched his best ever goal return in the league this season with three Ligue 1 strikes to his name.
8) Jimmy Briand, Bordeaux (2 goals, 1 assist)
Now in his 19 th season as a Ligue 1 player, Briand – capped five times by France – is now a bit-part player for Bordeaux but still has a part to play for the club, who are in the relegation zone.
9) Fabio Quagliarella, Sampdoria (1 goal, 2 assists)
The former Italy international is now aged 38 but has started nine matches for Sampdoria this campaign.
Quagliarella has 178 Serie A goals across his career and memorably bagged 26 times in the 2018-19 campaign for Samp.
10) Salva Sevilla, Mallorca (1 goal, 2 assists)
Four months out from his 38 th birthday, Sevilla joined Mallorca when they were in the regionalised third tier but has enjoyed three promotions with the club in the autumn of his career.
The former Real Betis and Espanyol midfielder is still a key player for the newly-promoted Islanders.