European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2020/21: Messi now on the leaderboard

The Argentine superstar is in a rich vein of form and scored two goals at the weekend as Barcelona defeated Granada

11:51am on Tuesday 12th January 2021
Martin Macdonald

Lionel Messi scored two goals against Granada in La Liga to put himself on FootballCritic's Golden Shoe leaderboard for the first time in 2020/21.

The Barca star is now top goalscorer in the Spanish top flight after his double, which takes him to 11 goals for the campaign, ahead of Villarreal's Gerard Moreno on 10.

Even though Messi is now on the leaderboard, he has some distance to make up to reach the top spot as he is currently nine goals behind the runaway leader Robert Lewandowski, who took himself to 20 goals for the season for Bayern at the weekend.

Lewandowski's closest challenger at the moment is Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored Juventus' third and final goal versus Sassuolo. Depending on what historical stats you read, reports suggest that goal made him equal the top goalscorer of all time, Josef Bican, on 759 goals within the professional realms of the sport.

As well as Messi joining the leaderboard, his potential Barcelona team-mate-to-be Memphis Depay scored his 11th goal of the season for Lyon to make our list.

Erling Haaland made a goalscoring return to the starting XI for Dortmund after being missing with injury, and dutifully scored two goals to take his tally to 12 alongside the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Romelu Lukaku.


2020/21 European Golden Shoe

Robert LewandowskiBayern2040
Cristiano RonaldoJuventus1530
Paul OnuachuGenk1928.5
Mohamed SalahLiverpool1326
Heung-min SonTottenham1224
Kylian MbappePSG1224
Romelu LukakuInter1224
Erling HaalandDortmund1224
Boulaye DiaReims1224
Lionel MessiBarcelona1122
Dominic Calvert-LewinEverton1122
Jamie VardyLeicester1122
Bruno FernandesMan Utd1122
Andre SilvaFrankfurt1122
Ciro ImmobileLazio1122
Memphis DepayLyon1122

At this stage of the season, the leagues that run on the calendar year - ie 2020 - inevitably get a head start but these days with the league weightings, very few are still there by the end of the traditional 2020/21 campaign.

A reminder: The five elite leagues - Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 - all carry a weighting of 2, meaning that a player will be awarded two points for every goal they score in these competitions.

For the leagues ranked sixth to 30 in Uefa's coefficients rankings goals scored are given a weighting of 1.5, and goals scored in a league outwith the top 30, goals are given a weighting of 1.

Ciro Immobile won the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe, scoring 36 goals for Lazio in a tremendous Serie A season.

2020/21 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE (Summer Leagues)

2020 European Golden Shoe

Kasper JunkerHelsinki2740.5
Amahl PellegrinoKristiansund2537.5
Philip ZinckernagelBodo/Glimt1928.5
Christoffer NymanNorrköping1827
Rauno SappinenFlora Tallinn2626
Veton BerishaViking1624
Jasur YakhshiboevPakhtakor Tashkent1624
Jesper KarlssonElfsborg/AZ1624
Astrit SelmaniVerbergs1522.5
Mushaga BakengaOdds BK1522.5
Moses OgbuMjallby1421
Isaac Kiese ThelinMalmo1421
Anders ChristiansenMalmo1319.5
Leke JamesMolde1219.5
Maksim SkavyshBATE Borisov1919

This is the 2020/21 European Golden Shoe race. If you want to see the final standing for the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe, follow this link.

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