The 2020-21 European Golden Shoe top 10: Ronaldo, Salah, Mbappe, Haaland
In many ways, the 2020-21 season has been a strange one, but a lot of the usual suspects continue to defy their age to remain in the running for the European Golden Shoe award.
Every year the Golden Shoe is presented to Europe’s deadliest striker, with players receiving points for each goal they score. Goals in Europe’s toughest leagues are multiplied by a co-efficient of two, whereas goals scored in weaker leagues are multiplied by coefficients of either 1.5 or one.
We’ve rounded up the top 10 strikers currently leading the race for the 2020-21 European Golden Shoe.
=9. Four players
Four players are currently tied on 17 goals, earning 34 points to date – three are household names, the other not so much.
It’s no surprise to see Harry Kane and Karim Benzema in this list, but Wout Weghorst’s inclusion made us double-take. The Netherlands striker has been in fine goalscoring form as Wolfsburg look set for Champions League qualification from the Bundesglia.
Mohamed Salah has also maintained his impeccable standards, including January’s Goal of the Month winner at West Ham.
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=7. Luis Suarez
La Liga’s top goalscorer with 19 goals, one ahead of his old mate Messi, Suarez is firing Atletico Madrid’s title charge this season, scoring 37% of Atleti’s league goals.
Barcelona have made some baffling decisions in recent seasons but allowing such a proven goalscorer to go to a direct rival for peanuts takes the biscuit.
=7. Romelu Lukaku
Since leaving Manchester United for Inter Milan in 2019, Lukaku has rediscovered his best form and continues to prove his doubters wrong.
After equalling Ronaldo’s record of 34 goals in all competitions in his debut season for the club, his 2020-21 tally currently stands at 19 goals in 26 Serie A appearances.
That puts the Belgium international on 38 points at the time of writing.
6. Kylian Mbappe
Given he’s already scored over 150 career goals at senior level for club and country and has a World Cup and three Ligue 1 titles on his CV, it’s easy to forget that Kylian Mbappe is still just 22 years old.
The France international’s 20 Ligue 1 goals for PSG in 2020-21 have been scored at a quite frightening rate of one every 93.3 minutes.
=4. Andre Silva
When we last updated this list back in December, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Andre Silva was nowhere to be found, so for him to be the third top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues shows how prolific he’s been in 2021.
The Portuguese forward has scored 12 goals in his last 12 Bundesliga appearances, taking his total tally for 21 for the season.
=4. Erling Haaland
After enjoying an incredible breakout 2019-20 campaign with Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund, Haaland has already proved that he’s no one-season wonder.
The Norway international has scored 21 goals in 21 Bundesliga starts, not to mention the 10 in six he’s managed in the Champions League. The fact that Dortmund have been floundering this season makes the 20-year-old’s individual stats even more impressive.
3. Lionel Messi
Six-time European Golden Shoe winner Messi actually had a comparatively slow start to the season, with just seven goals before Christmas.
Since the turn of the year, however, the Barcelona icon is once again one of European football’s most lethal goalscorers, with 16 goals in his last 12 La Liga appearances, taking his total tally to 23. That’s some ominous momentum for those above him in this season.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Twelve-and-a-half years after first winning this award, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing down and is looking for his fourth Golden Shoe.
The Juventus forward is currently on 46 points in the Golden Shoe rankings courtesy of 23 Serie A goals and also scored more league goals than any other player in 2020.
Not bad for a 36-year-old.
1. Robert Lewandowski
Despite scoring 55 goals in all competitions for Bayern Munich in 2019-20, Lewandowski has refused to rest on his laurels this season.
The 32-year-old has netted 35 goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances, including a four-goal haul in Bayern’s 4-3 win over Hertha Berlin in September.
Depending on how serious his recent injury transpires, he will no doubt have in his sights on Gerd Muller’s legendary 40-goal haul for a single Bundesliga campaign, from all the way back in 1971-72.