Richarlison continued his rich vein of form with another goal as Tottenham beat Brentford 3-2 in the Premier League on Wednesday evening.
The Brazilian has bounced back from a difficult debut season to shine at Spurs this season, performing admirably in the recent absence of Son Heung-min.
Richarlison’s eighth league goal of the campaign makes him the highest-scoring Brazilian in Europe’s top five leagues this season. Here, we look at the leading Brazilian scorers across Europe’s major divisions in 2023/24.
Douglas Luiz – Aston Villa (6)
Douglas Luiz has been a driving force in Aston Villa’s push for Champions League football, with Unai Emery’s side exceeding all expectations to challenge for the top four.
Luiz was named as Aston Villa’s Player of the Season last term and has continued that form into the current campaign, scoring six times and laying on three assists in 20 appearances. Tenacious in the tackle and influential in the final third, the 25-year-old is one of the most well-rounded midfielders in the Premier League right now.
Matheus Cunha – Wolves (6)
Matheus Cunha’s first full season at Wolves has been an encouraging one, with the forward forming an effective understanding with Hwang Hee-chan and Pedro Neto in the final third.
The 24-year-old scored just twice in 17 appearances after arriving on loan from Atletico Madrid last January, but he has found his feet in the Premier League this time around. Cunha has six goals in 21 league games for Gary O’Neil’s team and eight goal involvements in his last 10 appearances.
11 – Since November 11th, Joao Pedro (13) and Mohamed Salah (12) are the only Premier League players who have been involved in more goals across all competitions than Matheus Cunha (11 – six goals, five assists). Arrival. pic.twitter.com/sM2yrroKGa
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 28, 2024
Willian Jose – Real Betis (6)
From a current Wolves forward to a former one, Willian Jose struggled badly during a single season at Molineux in 2020/21 but has rediscovered his form in Spain this season.
The 32-year-old has six goals from just 14 league starts for Betis this season, already more than he managed across the whole of last season.
Vinicius Junior – Real Madrid (6)
Vinicius Junior might just have replaced Neymar as Brazilian football’s most influential talent.
The Real Madrid winger has been named in the La Liga and Champions League Team of the Season in each of the last two campaigns, recording 20+ goals and 20+ assists in all competitions in each season.
Vinicius Junior said he used to wear football boots as shoes for all occasions growing up in Brazil 👟 pic.twitter.com/EY6936hDIO
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 30, 2024
His numbers have dropped slightly this time around, though a return of 11 goals in 19 games – which includes a Spanish Super Cup hat-trick against Barcelona – is evidence of his class.
Joao Pedro – Brighton (7)
Joao Pedro’s first season at Brighton has been one to remember, with the summer signing having scored 18 goals in all competitions. In addition to seven strikes in the Premier League, Pedro is the leading scorer in both the Europa League and FA Cup so far this season.
He boasts a perfect record of 10/10 penalties in 2023/24 and is yet to miss a spot-kick in his senior career to date.
◉ Top scorer in the FA Cup
◉ Top scorer in the Europa League
◉ 18 goals in all competitions
What a signing Joao Pedro has been for Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton 🔥 pic.twitter.com/e4QOzbQ7wH
— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) January 28, 2024
The 22-year-old earned his first cap for the national team in November.
Rodrygo – Real Madrid (7)
Rodrygo is tied second with Pedro for goals by Brazilian players in Europe’s top five leagues.
Part of an exciting young forward line at Real Madrid, Rodrygo has linked up with compatriot Vinicius and summer arrival Jude Bellingham to lead the Spanish side’s title challenge, with Carlo Ancelotti’s team having won eight of their last nine in La Liga.
His seven league goals are just two short from his best return of nine, scored last season.
Richarlison – Tottenham (8)
Richarlison has responded to a difficult debut season and strong criticism to impress at Spurs this season.
The Brazil international netted just once in 27 league appearances last season after arriving from Everton in a deal that could reach a club-record £60m, struggling to find his role in a team containing Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
The former’s exit to Bayern Munich has opened up an opportunity and Richarlison has taken his chance, scoring eight times in the Premier League.
Richarlison scores his seventh goal in his last seven Premier League games—that’s more than he had his previous 47.
Filling that Harry Kane void 🐦 pic.twitter.com/S2tsQBTkcO
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 31, 2024
His goal against Brentford made it seven in his last seven games, with Spurs finally seeing the player who has scored 20 times in 48 caps for the Brazil national team.