Who are the highest-scoring non-top-scorers in a football season? | Football

“Paul Mullin scored 38 goals for Wrexham in the National League this season, but was beaten to the top-scorer award by Notts County’s Macaulay Langstaff, who hit 42,” notes Niall McVeigh. “Are there any higher-scoring non-top-scorers?”

Ben Blatch-Hanlon kicks us off with the most high-profile example. “I imagine I’ll be one of about 100 people writing in with this, but in La Liga’s 2011-12 season Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pretty incredible 46 goals from 38 appearances – only for Lionel Messi to bag a frankly ridiculous 50, in just 37 games. In all competitions, Messi…

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