The top 10 leading contenders for the European Golden Shoe award

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A familiar face leads the way, but we could be set for a surprise winner of the European Golden Shoe this season.

The award recognises the best goalscorer in Europe, with a player’s number of goals multiplied by a factor depending on the difficulty of the league they play in.

We recently spoke to Kevin Phillips, who remains the last English recipient of the award, about his pride at achieving the feat with Sunderland.

There is no English player in the top 10 this season, with Harry Kane the closest in 14th and a surprise name in Matt Derbyshire, who plys his trade with Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, the next best placed with 23 goals this term.

Based on UEFA coefficients, the top five leagues in Europe ahead of this campaign were La Liga, Bundesliga, Premier League, Serie A and Portugal’s Liga NOS.

Unsurprisingly, one of Barcelona’s front three is currently in pole position, but a shock contender is right on his tail.

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