Who are the most dangerous football players in Europe’s top five leagues? Using the most up-to-date player data, BetVictor has analysed the performance of every player so far this season across the Premier League, Serie A, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga and French Ligue 1.

Players were then ranked by their output per 90 minutes of non-penalty expected goals (npxG) plus expected assists (xA), to uncover those achieving the highest expected goal production per game.

The Top 50 Most Dangerous Footballers in Europe Right Now

Player European Rank Nation Team League npxG+xA per 90
Robert Lewandowski 1 POL Bayern Bundesliga 1.14
Erling Haaland 2 NOR Dortmund Bundesliga 0.91
Mohamed Salah 3 EGY Liverpool Premier League 0.9
Kylian Mbappé 4 FRA PSG Ligue 1 0.88
Diogo Jota 4 POR Liverpool Premier League 0.88
Karim Benzema 6 FRA Real Madrid La Liga 0.86
Lionel Messi 7 ARG PSG Ligue 1 0.83
Thomas Müller 8 GER Bayern Bundesliga 0.78
Christopher Nkunku 8 FRA RB Leipzig Bundesliga 0.78
Patrik Schick 10 CZE Leverkusen Bundesliga 0.77
Leroy Sané 11 GER Bayern Bundesliga 0.76
Arnaut Groeneveld 12 NED Villarreal La Liga 0.74
Mario Pašalić 12 CRO Atalanta Serie A 0.74
Gerard Moreno 14 ESP Villarreal La Liga 0.73
Zlatan Ibrahimović 14 SWE Milan Serie A 0.73
Duván Zapata 14 COL Atalanta Serie A 0.73
Sadio Mané 17 SEN Liverpool Premier League 0.72
Harry Kane 17 ENG Tottenham Premier League 0.72
Tammy Abraham 17 ENG Roma Serie A 0.72
Lautaro Martínez 20 ARG Inter Serie A 0.71
Lukas Nmecha 21 GER Wolfsburg Bundesliga 0.7
Edin Džeko 21 BIH Inter Serie A 0.7
İlkay Gündoğan 23 GER Man City Premier League 0.69
Phil Foden 23 ENG Man City Premier League 0.69
Son Heung-min 23 KOR Tottenham Premier League 0.69
Cristiano Ronaldo 26 POR Man United Premier League 0.68
Serge Gnabry 27 GER Bayern Bundesliga 0.66
Vinicius Júnior 27 BRA Real Madrid La Liga 0.66
Marco Reus 29 GER Dortmund Bundesliga 0.65
Neymar 29 BRA PSG Ligue 1 0.65
Gaëtan Laborde 29 FRA Rennes Ligue 1 0.65
Habib Diallo 32 SEN Strasbourg Ligue 1 0.64
Jonas Hofmann 33 GER Monchengladbach Bundesliga 0.63
Florian Wirtz 33 GER Leverkusen Bundesliga 0.63
Raheem Sterling 33 ENG Man City Premier League 0.63
Alassane Pléa 36 FRA Monchengladbach Bundesliga 0.62
Andrej Kramarić 36 CRO Hoffenheim Bundesliga 0.62
Riyad Mahrez 36 ALG Man City Premier League 0.62
Taiwo Awoniyi 39 NGA Union Berlin Bundesliga 0.61
Iñaki Williams 39 ESP Athletic Club La Liga 0.61
Luis Muriel 39 COL Atalanta Serie A 0.61
Karim Onisiwo 42 AUT Mainz Bundesliga 0.6
Memphis Depay 42 NED Barcelona La Liga 0.6
Stevan Jovetić 44 MNE Hertha BSC Bundesliga 0.59
Jesper Lindstrøm 44 DEN Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 0.59
Ciro Immobile 44 ITA Lazio Serie A 0.59
Ángel Di María 44 ARG PSG Ligue 1 0.59
Andy Delort 44 ALG Nice Ligue 1 0.59
Burak Yılmaz 44 TUR LOSC Ligue 1 0.59
Gabriel Jesus 44 BRA Man City Premier League 0.59


Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is the top ranked player overall based on expected goal production with a npxG+xA rate of 1.14, which is higher than the entire Getafe team have managed this season (1.13 squad npxG+xA per 90 minutes).

His 0.95 npxG per 90 is the highest achieved by any player and 0.22 above second placed Patrick Schick. Lewandowski’s 31 domestic league goals is the best player total. It’s greater than the amount scored by 29 different teams (excludes own goals in favour of) across Europe’s top 5 divisions including the likes of Newcastle United (30 goals), Wolves (29 goals), and Everton (27 goals).

Top 25 Players by xA per 90 and npxG per 90


Manchester City have the most players in the top 50 with five, demonstrating their abundance of attacking resources. Manchester City players account for 10.93% of the total npxG+xA ahead of Bayern Munich (9.36%), PSG (8.27), and Liverpool (7.01%), who were the next best represented teams. Phil Foden and İlkay Gündoğan are Man City’s most dangerous men based on expected output, ranking in joint 23rd with 0.69 npxG+xA alongside Premier League rival Son Heung-min.

In terms of a breakdown by league, Bundesliga players account for the highest amount of the total npxG+xA with 34.40%, followed by the Premier League (22.31%), Serie A (15.8%), Ligue 1 (15.49%), and La Liga (12.00%).

Liverpool has the most players in the top 5 with both Mohamed Salah (0.9 npxG+xA) and Diogo Jota (0.88 npxG+xA) included and joint most players in the top 25 alongside Bayern Munich, with both clubs each having three players. Manchester United have just one player feature in the list, with Cristiano Ronaldo ranked 26th. Arsenal and Chelsea have no players featured in the top 50 – their highest-ranking players were Bukayo Saka (102nd) and Mason Mount (52nd). Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham may feel hard done by having been snubbed for a recent England call-up, with the Roma and former Chelsea player the joint top English player for npxG+xA matching Harry Kane’s rate of 0.72 per 90.

English players make up 7.89% of the total npxG+xA of the top 50, the third best percentage of any nation. German players lead the way by some margin, however, accounting for 15.71% of the total, with French nationals in second place accounting for 10.83% of Europe’s most dangerous players. In fourth place is Argentina, with Lautaro Martínez, Lionel Messi and Ángel Di María accounting for 6.09%. In fifth place is Brazil with 5.43%, ahead of sixth place Portugal with 4.46%. Italy is the worst represented country in which any of represented leagues are based, with just one national player in the top 50 players in the form of Lazio’s Ciro Immobile in 44th place (0.59 npxG+xA).


  • Statistics are based on domestic league performance during the 2021-2022 season and are accurate as of 28/03/2022.
  • Players with less than 900 minutes played were omitted from the data to improve the reliability and accuracy of findings.
  • Expected goal and assist data is based on models provided by StatsBomb.
  • Players were ranked by npxG+xA per 90 minutes in order of highest to lowest with tied players assigned a joint rank.
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