Van Persie, Arsenal Vs. Fulham
Europe has been blessed with some outstanding attack talent in the past several years. Many new players have burst onto the scene, scoring goal after goal to astonish fans globally. Meanwhile, established players have proven their worth, racking up incredible displays of goalscoring.
Here, we look back at the past two years of the top leagues in Europe to identify some of the best attackers in their perspective leagues.
Alexander Frei, FC Basel
Team: FC Basel
2010/11 Statistics: 27 goals in 35 games in all competitions.
Goalscoring Ratio: .77 goals per game
Alexander Frei is a natural goalscorer. He is the all-time leading scorer of the Swiss National team with 42 goals in 84 games. In the 2010/11 season, Frei was the Swiss League top goalscorer.
Team: KRC Genk
2010/11 Statistics: 20 goals in 37 games in all competitions.
Goalscoring Ratio: .54 goals per game
Jelle Vossen is a breakthrough star in Belgium, and at 22, he is destined for a bright future. He helped Genk to the Belgium league title and is rumored to be targeted by some of Europe's biggest clubs.
Rasmus Elm, AZ
2010/11 Statistics: 10 goals, 11 assists, 27 games in all competitions.
Goalscoring Ratio: .37 goals per game
Rasmus Elm is another name being contemplated by Europe's big boys. As the only midfielder to make this list and still at just 23 years old, he could be an important acquisition for any club looking to reinforce their midfield.
Team: Anzhi Makhachkala
2010/11 Statistics: eight goals in 11 games in all competitions
Goalscoring Ratio: .72 goals per game
Samuel Eto'o has been a household name for some time due to his goalscoring exploits with Barcelona and Inter Milan. He has followed the money to Russia but has so far proven that he still is a world-class striker.
Dame N'Doye, Copenhagen
Team: FC Copenhagen
2010/11 Statistics: 28 goals in 43 games in all competitions.
Goalscoring Ratio: .65 goals per game
Dame N'Doye has accumulated 50 goals for Copenhagen in 90 appearances. He helped the Danish capital win the league in 2011 and decided to remain with the club in 2012 amidst heavy rumors of his transfer.
Currently, he has 11 goals in 18 appearances this season, which will likely spur more talk of his departure.
2010/11 Statistics: 36 goals, 21 assists, in 53 appearances in all competitions
Goalscoring Ratio: .67 goals per game
Hulk has been a prominent name for some time in Portugal. In 2010/11, he was the Primeira top goalscorer and Player of the Year.
This season he has 11 goals and nine assists in 19 games. One is left to wonder how long it will be before a European giant comes calling.
Loïc Rémy, France
2010/11 Statistics: 18 goals in 46 games in all competitions.
Goalscoring Ratio: .39
Loïc Rémy is a breakthrough talent in recent years, being an important player for Marseille the past two seasons.
Young and explosive, he currently has tallied eight goals in 17 games this season, trying to propel Marseille to a league title.
Team: Bayern Munich
2010/11 Statistics: 39 goals in 45 games in all competitions.
Goalscoring Ratio: .86 goals per game
Mario Gomez is one of the most prolific strikers in the world. In 2010/11, he was Bundesliga's top goalscorer. Gomez has tallied an incredible 24 goals in 24 games this season for Bayern.
"Super Mario" is living up to his name by averaging one goal per game.
Antonio Di Natale, Udinese
2010/11 Statistics: 28 goals in 38 games in all competitions.
Goalscoring Ratio: .73
Antonio Di Natale has been a prolific goalscorer through the entirety of his career. In the past few seasons, he has exploded and now has 12 goals in 16 games for Udinese this season.
He continues to carry his team and compete with honor against the Serie A powerhouses. In 2010, he was voted Italian Footballer of the Year and was the Serie A top goalscorer.
Robin Van Persie, Arsenal
2010/11 Statistics: 22 goals in 33 games in all competitions.
Goalscoring Ratio: .66
Robin Van Persie is one of the most talented strikers of his generation. So far this season, he has been one of the best players in the world, putting Arsenal on his shoulders and amassing 19 goals and five assists in just 21 games.
RVP can put the ball in the back of the net for fun, and make it look pretty in the process.
2010/11 Statistics: 53 goals, 24 assists, in 55 games in all competitions.
Goalscoring Ratio: .96
Lionel Messi is the best player in the world right now. In 2010/11, Barcelona won the league title and the Champions League, with Messi winning the Ballon d'Or and countless other individual awards.
Messi is not slowing down. This season he has an incredible 27 goals and 14 assists in only 25 games. We are lucky to be able to watch one of the best players in history play to his full potential.