Goals. It's still what football's all about.
You can keep your possession stats, your heat maps and your number of "overhit crosses that stay in play via the corner flag" indicators (we may have made that last one up) firmly in your pocket, because football is, and will always be, about goals.
All kinds of goals. Long-range piledrivers, 20-yard curlers, scrappy two-yarders, predatory first-timers, as well as penalties and free-kicks. Goals are very much the things dreams are made of.
And as such we've put together a list of the nine hottest goalscorers in world football right now, those strikers who are in red-hot form and using goals as their own personal currency.
We make no apologies for the list being 100 percent European-based—our main South American contender, Brasileiro top scorer Ederson, has scored in only one of his side's past 10 league games—and as such, it skews very much in favour of the big names.
Additionally, a few other pieces of business.
Unfortunately for those of you who love a Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo argument, the former has not been included due to his current injury status.
Radamel Falcao also misses out, having not scored for his club since November 8—likewise for Alfred Finnbogason, who has found the net in just two of his past 10 matches for club and country.
For those wondering, 10th place went to FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez after his recent run of form.
And with that, on we go to those who are presently the world's nine hottest goalscorers: