Canadian star Jonathan David joins Eden Hazard as Lille’s top scorer in 21st century
Jonathan David scores goals for a living.
In his 100th Ligue 1 appearance for LOSC Lille on Saturday, March 4 away to RC Lens, the Canadian international scored his 50th goal in a Lille shirt. Let that sink in for a second.
In less than three seasons, the Ottawa native has drawn himself level with club icon Eden Hazard as Lille’s top scorer in the 21st century. How impressive is that?
It was his 16th Ligue 1 goal of the season and his 44th in the French top flight since arriving at the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
David was substituted off in the 85th minute, but his goal earned Lille a valuable point against their bitter northern rivals. With both teams fighting for a European spot next season, it’s actually Lens who have the upper hand, moved up to third place with the point. Lille sit sixth, six points behind Lens.
Only Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappé has scored more goals in France this season with the two neck-and-neck in the golden boot race.
Mbappé, still only 24 years old, became PSG’s all-time leading scorer on Saturday netting his 201st goal, surpassing Edinson Cavani on the club’s all-time scoring list.
“It’s a privilege to play for Paris Saint-Germain. It’s special to be a PSG player as this is my city,” Mbappé said. “I’m here to write history — in France, in the capital, in my country, in my city. It’s beautiful — but I want also collective achievements.”
And he’s racked up quite the list of achievements.
With the constant rumours of unrest in that PSG change room, with Neymar and Messi reportedly unhappy with the autonomy given to Mbappé, PSG could be a very different-looking squad next season. It’s hard not to think Christophe Galtier, who managed Lille to the French title in 2020/21, would look at Jonathan David as an attacking option. They certainly could afford whatever transfer fee Lille asked for.
Would you like to see David team up with Mbappé in Paris? It certainly is fun to think about.