I tried translating from Portuguese (artilheiro), but only got words related to war like: gunner, artillery man, etc.

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    MVP (Most Valuable Player)
    – MorganFR
    May 3 '16 at 15:05
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    MVP is usually per-match isn't it, rather than the whole season. May 3 '16 at 15:06
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    It depends on the scope but can certainly be used for both : match MVP or season MVP, I don't see why not. Obviously it refers to the best player, not necessarily the top scorer (which could be the word the OP is looking for, even though it's technically 2 words :D).
    – MorganFR
    May 3 '16 at 15:07
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    I have the impression MVP means the best player of the game/season, but it doens't exactly mean the one who scored most. It could be the goal keeper for instance. Right?
    – Patrick
    May 3 '16 at 15:14
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    @Martin - in Italian too the player is called capocannoniere, a term that refers to artillery.
    – user66974
    May 3 '16 at 15:19

Top goalscorer:

  • a ​person who ​scores ​goals for ​their ​team in ​games such as ​football: Messi ​became Barcelona's ​leading/​top goalscorer that ​season.

(Cambridge Dictionary)

  • I would say "Top goalscorer" (no hyphen) May 3 '16 at 15:06
  • I believe top scorer is enough, goal is implied since you cannot score any other way.
    – MorganFR
    May 3 '16 at 15:29
  • @MorganFR - both forms are used.
    – user66974
    May 3 '16 at 15:29
  • "Leading scorer" ,"Top scorer"... I don't think that there's a commonly used colloquial term for this, so the more formal terms would be the best.
    – Dave M
    May 3 '16 at 15:45

Golden Boot or Golden Shoe is a prize often awarded to the top goal scorer in a competition

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Boot for some examples.

I guess you could use it as a metonym too.

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