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African Beats Messi To 'World's Top Division Scorer', CR7 Not In Top 10!

An African star has beaten Lionel Messi to become the "world's top division goal scorer 2019", while Cristiano Ronaldo failed to make the top 10, which includes one of Percy Tau's teammates.

Click through the gallery above to see the leading top division goalscorers in 2019.

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) crowns the best goalscorer from the 60 highest-ranked leagues in the world on an annual basis.

With some leagues running throughout the calendar year, while others start the previous year, they have now announced the 2019 winner, and it is Algeria star Baghdad Bounedjah.

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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations winner netted an impressive 39 goals for his club Al Sadd in the Qatari Stars League – more than any other player in the world's top 60 divisions.

Messi follows in second place with 36 goals in LaLiga in 2018/19, while Kylian Mbappe completes the top three after scoring 33 goals in Ligue 1 in the previous campaign.

Tau's Club Brugge teammate Mbaye Diagne is in fourth position after netting 30 goals for Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Lig in 2018/19 before joining the Jupiler Pro League side on loan this season.

Read: The Stars Who Would've Won Ballon D'Or If Not For Messi & Ronaldo

Ronaldo, meanwhile, missed out on the top 10 by one goal after netting 21 times in the previous Serie A campaign –you can see the complete list, which features three more African stars, in the gallery above!

Do you think Bounedjah should play for one of the top clubs in Europe? Have your say in the comments section below.

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