Kylian Mbappé may be Ligue 1’s top scorer but he still gets a hot buttocks from a Canadian. He can feel Jonathan David’s warm breath on the back of his neck and maybe even read David’s name in front of him at the weekend.
The French forward was the World Cup’s top scorer with eight paid goals. In France, too, he dominates the top scorer rankings with 13 wins after 19 games.
But Jonathan David does not ring the bell with 12 goals in the north of the country. So, as one commenter mentioned, he could easily overtake Mbappé at the weekend.
Both strikers will be in action on Sunday. David and Lille (6th, 10-5-4) will be on the Nice side, while Mbappé and Paris Saint-Germain (1st, 15-2-2) will host Reims at the Parc des Princes.
The challenge is pretty much the same either way as Nice (6-6-7) is tenth on 25 points, as is Reims (5-4-10) who follows behind.
David sits just behind Mbappé with 12 goals scored, level with Terem Moffi from Lorient.
What has to make the Ottawan a little velvety, though, is to note that he is ahead of a certain Neymar in the top scorer rankings.
Mbappé’s team-mate has struck 11 times this season, level on points with Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.
Looking a few lines down we find the name of Lionel Messi in 11th place with eight goals.
Let’s remember that David, a young man from Ottawa, has been delighting fans of Lille since he arrived there in 2020.
Last weekend, a brace against Troyes allowed him to become the first foreign player to reach 40 goals in a Lille shirt in Ligue 1.
Let’s say it’s a nice gift he gave himself as he celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday, a day before that 5-1 win in the finals.
David has been a regular as a metronome since joining Lille. He scored 13 goals in 2020-21 and added 15 more last season. With 12 wins already and half a season still to play, he will surely have the best year of his career.
David is deadly around goal, and not just when he unleashes one of his powerful shots.
He also knows how to be dangerous on the ball to prepare the ground for his teammates.
He also has four assists, putting him alongside Mbappé in the exclusive group of players to have been involved in at least 15 goals in the last three seasons.
Because of those lovely stats, we advise Lille to take advantage of David while he’s there as he’s likely to move to a more prestigious club for a lewd amount in the near future.
When it comes to a prestigious club, there are few better than Manchester United, where almost all the big names go through at some point.
It seems the Red Devils are sweating at the prospect of getting their hands on him. The English club indeed like prolific and high-quality strikers. David is also quite beefy, his physique seems tailor-made for the Premier League.
The main prospect has already said he doesn’t know if he’ll see each other again “unlike in the Premier League”.
According to various sources, Lille would part ways with his star player for a sum of 50 million euros (72.7 million Canadian dollars).
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Manchester City the Mighty
Manchester City is not only efficient on the pitch. According to a study by Deloitte, the English club is the first financial powerhouse in Europe with a turnover of 731 million euros (1.064 billion turnover). We also find a trio of English clubs in the top five, which also include Real Madrid (€713.8m / CA$1.04bn), Liverpool (€701.7m / CA$1.023bn), Manchester United (688, EUR 6 million / CAD 1.004 billion) and owned by Paris Saint-Germain (€ 654.2 million / CA$ 953.3 million). We see the dominance of the Premier League occupying 11 of the top 20 spots. Chelsea (8th), Tottenham Hotspur (9th), Arsenal (10th), West Ham United (15th), Leicester (17th), Leeds United (18th), Everton (19th) and Newcastle United (20th). .) are in the top 20.
Memphis between Barcelona and Madrid
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The doping in question
Former member of the Italian national team Dino Baggio threw a stone into the pond after the deaths of Sinisa Mihajlovic (leukemia) and Gianluca Vialli (pancreatic cancer). He argues that the culprit for these premature deaths is a widespread doping scheme in the 1990s on the TV7 channel. I don’t know if that’s the reason, but doping has always existed. We never took weird stuff because there was a percentage that you had to respect. But over time you have to see if certain substances are good or not, if they can be eliminated or stay in the body. I’m also afraid this happens to too many players. In my years there was too much doping. »
Terem Moffi celebrates a goal for CF Lorient in a game against RC Strasbourg Alsace on November 13.
Terem Moffi is the second goalscorer in the league with 12 goals, tied on points with Jonathan David. No wonder the 23-year-old Nigerian forward, currently wearing the colors of Lorient (5th), is being courted. There’s Olympique Lyonnais, who have tried, as well as Nice, who submitted an offer of €20 million (M$29.2 CA), according to L’Équipe. The offers are also coming from abroad, according to French media, as West Ham United are willing to pay 25 million euros (CA$36.4 million) to keep his services.
games to watch
Lens against Troyes and Monaco against. Marseilles
Lens is second overall with
44 points, three fewer than Paris Saint-Germain (47), who played two more games. A win would allow him to warm up the backs of the Parisians. Marseille (42) is two points behind Lens, a win combined with a loss for Lens and it’s second place.
Manchester United vs Arsenal
Arsenal are leaders
of the Premier League with 47 points and Man U are third with 39 points. A win would end the race.
The Gunners are undefeated
five games and Man U didn’t lose
in his last six appearances.
Real Madrid vs Athletico Bilbao
Bilbao, currently 8th in the table with 26 points, could make a nice jump as they are just two points separating Atlético Madrid in 4th place. As for Real (38 points), a win combined with a Catalan defeat could put them ahead with Barcelona.
FC Torino v. Florence
The two sides are level on 23 points, with Torino sitting 9th in Serie A on goal difference just a tiny bit better than Fiorentina. It’s a close encounter that could mark a turning point for both clubs.