Guinea's Serhou Guirassy leads the scoring ball in Europe
The current top scorer in the five major European leagues is neither Mbappé nor Haaland. It is a 27-year-old Guinean, Serhou Guirassy, passed by Ligue 1 and who is conquering the Bundesliga with VfB Stuttgart.
Guinean international Serhou Guirassy is currently the top scorer in the German league with his club Stuttgart. AP - Michael Probst
By: Ndiasse Sambe Follow
Stade Rennais can begin to have regrets. Four months ago, Serhou Guirassy was still officially a player of the Breton club before it sold him definitively to Stuttgart, where he was on loan. The Guinean striker had not convinced in Rennes where his statistics, 25 goals in 81 matches, were not unanimous. Stuttgart did not hesitate to bet on him after an 11-goal season in the Bundesliga, lifting the purchase option to 9 million euros.
A good pick for now since the native of Arles, in the south of France, is currently the top scorer of the European championships with eight goals in four games, ahead of the regulars at the top of the artificers, Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé (7 goals each) or the new Bavarian Harry Kane (4 goals).
The Guinean international started the season with a double on the first day before scoring a goal on the second day. Then a double and a hat-trick back-to-back during the third and fourth rounds of the Bundesliga. "His numbers are crazy. And he does it with such nonchalance. He has incredible composure in front of goal and is having fun," said teammate Deniz Undav.
The desire to transfer this summer in the English championship already seems far away and Serhou Guirassy may be about to honor the praise that had bloomed during his first strides on the football field.
The striker started at USM Montargis in the Loiret department, where he grew up, before joining the Laval training center after an inconclusive trial at Auxerre. It was in the Mayenne club that he revealed his talents as a goalscorer and became the youngest professional in the history of Stade Lavallois by signing his first contract. At the same time, he is regularly summoned to the youth categories in the French selections.
Transferred to Lille, he played his first match at the age of 19 against PSG in 2015. But it is slow to confirm its potential. He was loaned to Auxerre for six months before being transferred to FC Cologne in Germany. From this first experience in the Bundesliga, he will not keep only good memories, especially with a first season without a start. Three years later, he is back in Ligue 1 thanks to a loan to Amiens where he shows bridles of his talent. Enough to convince Stade Rennais to make him their centre-forward. The rest, we know it and it is now written in the club three times champion of Germany (1984, 1992 and 2007) and which has seen strikers like the German Jürgen Klinsmann, the Brazilian Giovane Elber, or the Nigerian Jonathan Akpoborie.
Matthäus, Guirassy rather than Kane
The Guinean international is three goals away from his Bundesliga record (11 goals) that he should easily beat in a few days if he continues this incredible pace of one goal every 42 minutes.
Today, it is Lothar Matthaüs who must have a little smile in the corner. The former Manschaftt captain said this summer that Bayern should have taken Guirassy instead of Harry Kane who cost more than €100 million. "I would have taken Guirassy. He has everything a top striker needs," Matthäus told the Bild newspaper. This earned him ridicule. But not anymore with a Guirassy who proves that we must pay attention to a Ballon d'Or and legend of Bayern Munich.
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