The 2020-21 European Golden Shoe top 10: Ronaldo, Salah, Mbappe, Haaland
It’s been a strange start to the 2020-21 season, but a lot of the usual suspects remain in the running for this season’s 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.
10. 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 10 goals in the Bundesliga, which are then multiplied by a co-efficient of two to give him a score of 20.
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Like a fine wine, Ibrahimovic just keeps getting better with age, spearheading AC Milan’s pursuit of the Serie A title this season.
The 39-year-old is currently on 20 points alongside Haaland but has played fewer minutes than the Dortmund striker in 2020-21.
8. Dominic Calvert-Lewin
The first of four Premier League players on this list, Calvert-Lewin has gone from strength to strength under Carlo Ancelotti this season.
“For me as a young striker, you think of the players he’s worked with in the past when he’s giving me advice,” the Everton striker told FIFA.com in November.
“He gives it in different ways, subtle ways. You see some of his quotes towards me – it’s a nice way to take things on board. I take everything he says on board.
“He wants me to improve. He’s on at me every day – every day – to keep getting in the box, hitting it first time, scoring goals. I’m just like a sponge taking it all in.”
He’s already just two goals short of his best-ever career tally of 13 Premier League goals and also scored on his senior England debut.
7. Son Heung-min
While Son is renowned for creating chances for Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane, the roles have been reversed this season.
He’s now reached double figures for a fifth successive Premier League season.
6. Jamie Vardy
Having become the oldest ever winner of the Premier League’s Golden Boot in 2019-20, Vardy has picked up where he left off last season.
Th3 33-year-old has scored 11 goals in 13 Premier League games for Leicester City in 2020-21, with nine of those goals coming away from home.
We can’t wait to see which current non-league striker will be on this list in 2029.
5. 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 11 goals in 12 Serie A appearances.
The Belgium international is on 22 points this season alongside Calvert-Lewin, Son and Vardy but has played just 962 league minutes at the time of writing.
4. 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 24 points in the Golden Shoe rankings and has also scored more league goals than any other player in 2020.
Not bad for a 35-year-old.
3. Kylian Mbappe
Given he’s already scored close to 150 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 12 Ligue 1 goals for PSG in 2020-21 have been scored at a quite frightening rate of one every 68.1 minutes.
2. Mohamed Salah
Salah has upheld exceptional standards since joining Liverpool in 2017, scoring 73 Premier League goals across his first three full seasons with the club.
2020-21 looks like it will be no exception, with 13 goals from 13 appearances so far.
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 17 goals in 12 Bundesliga appearances, including a four-goal haul in Bayern’s 4-3 win over Hertha Berlin in September.
If he avoids any injury problems and maintains this form for the rest of the season, he’ll end 2020-21 with over 50 league goals.