European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2020/21: Lewandowski builds huge lead over Messi

The Bayern striker remains top in our standings of Europe's top goalscorers this season, leaving a star-studded chasing pack well adrift.

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9:54am on Monday 10th May 2021
By
Martin Macdonald

Robert Lewandowski has built a huge lead over Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the European Golden Shoe rankings for 2020/21.

Leader Lewandowski, who has recently returned from a month out of action due due to a knee injury he suffered with Poland, scored a hat-trick as Bayern celebrated their latest Bundesliga title in style.

The striker got three of the goals as Bayern thrashed Gladbach 6-0 on Saturday, having been crowned champions prior to kick-off.

Lewandowski has a commanding position in the standings with an astonishing 39 league goals from 27 appearances, giving him 78 Golden Shoe points.

The previous week, Messi and Ronaldo had broken what was a five-way tie for second place that included some huge names who were all on 25 goals.

Messi reached 28, giving him 56 points in the standings for the most goals in Europe, only to be shut out against Atletico Madrid at the weekend as Lewandowski surged further clear.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, is just one behind Messi with 27 strikes to his name. Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Andre Silva all remain on 25.

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Juventus forward Ronaldo has only scored twice in last five Serie A matches and was without a goal again as his side suffered a damaging 3-0 loss to Milan on Sunday that severely dented their push for a top-four finish.

Ronaldo missed Juventus’ match with Atalanta in Serie A due to a thigh injury and failed to score when he did play against Genoa, Parma, Fiorentina and Milan, leaving him vulnerable in the Golden Shoe rankings, with a recent double against Udinese his sole positive.

Messi came into the Atletico match in buoyant form having scored three in his previous two against Granada and Valencia. His 28 goals have come from 33 appearances in the Primera Division.

Haaland had been plummeting down the Golden Shoe starts, having not netted in seven matches for club or country prior to his two strikes against Werder Bremen on April 18.

The Dortmund sensation followed that up with another double at Wolfsburg and now has 25 league goals in 26 games (25 starts) but he suffered an injury in that game which kept him out of his side's cup semi-final and Saturday's league meeting with RB Leipzig.

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One of the other top stars of his generation, Mbappe, also has 50 points in the European Golden Shoe standings.

PSG star Mbappe has been on consistent goalscoring form, scoring 13 times in his last 13 Ligue 1 appearances, including two in a 3-1 win at Metz last time out domestically. However, he was forced to miss the recent matches with Lens, Man City and Rennes through injury.

Frankfurt’s Silva has been consistently scoring well in the European Golden Shoe this year. He continued a fine campaign by scoring against Augsburg and Leverkusen at the end of last month, though he had to settle for an assist when he faced Mainz on Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku stays on 42 points and has gone cold in front of goal of late, going five Serie A games without scoring.

He is level with the top Premier League representative Harry Kane, who was unable to net for Tottenham in their recent matches against Sheffield United and Leeds, having recently returned from a brief injury absence.

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Real Madrid veteran Karim Benzema is tied with that duo. Like Kane, he did not score at the weekend, drawing a blank versus Sevilla after only registering an assist against Osasuna.

Mohamed Salah, Wout Weghorst and Gerard Moreno have all hit the 20-goal mark over recent weeks, with the Villarreal striker edging ahead of them at the weekend by converting a penalty against Celta Vigo.

Paul Onuachu of Genk has 29 goals and would be up at second spot in the standings – rather than his current position of seventh - if he played in a major league with a better weighting for points.

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It is safe to say Lewandowski will be the eventual winner of the European Golden Shoe race even though he has had to overcome a prolonged injury absence.

With his lead on the star-studded chasing pack having increased to 22 points, Bayern star Lewandowski is on track to win his first Golden Shoe trophy as we hit the final weeks of the campaign.

Lewandowski would become the first Bundesliga winner since 1972 if he does hold on to his advantage.

2020/21 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE STANDINGS

2020/21 European Golden Shoe

PlayerTeamGoalsPoints
Robert LewandowskiBayern3978
Lionel MessiBarcelona2856
Cristiano RonaldoJuventus2754
Andre SilvaFrankfurt2550
Erling HaalandDortmund2550
Kylian MbappePSG2550
Paul OnuachuGenk2943.5
Harry KaneTottenham2142
Romelu LukakuInter2142
Karim BenzemaReal Madrid2142
Luis MurielAtalanta2142
Dusan VlahovicFiorentina2142
Gerard MorenoVillarreal2142
Mohamed SalahLiverpool2040
Wout WeghorstWolfsburg2040
Luis SuarezAtletico Madrid1938
SimyCrotone1938
Ciro ImmobileLazio1938
Memphis DepayLyon1938
Wissam Ben YedderSevilla1938
Georgios GiakoumakisVenlo2537.5
Patson DakaSalzburg2436
Andrej KramarićiHoffenheim1836
Youssef En-NesyriSevilla1734

2020/21 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE (Summer Leagues)

2020 European Golden Shoe

PlayerTeamGoalsPoints
Kasper JunkerBomo/Glimt2740.5
Amahl PellegrinoKristiansund2537.5
Philip ZinckernagelBodo/Glimt1928.5
Christoffer NymanNorrköping1827
Rauno SappinenFlora Tallinn2626
Veton BerishaViking1624
Astrit SelmaniVerbergs1522.5
Mushaga BakengaOdds BK1522.5
Moses OgbuMjallby1421
Anders ChristiansenMalmo1319.5
Leke JamesMolde1219.5
Maksim SkavyshBATE Borisov1919

Who are the previous European Golden Shoe winners?

European Golden Shoe winners

SeasonPlayerTeamGoals
2019/20Ciro ImmobileLazio36
2018/19Lionel MessiBarcelona36
2017/18Lionel MessiBarcelona34
2016/17Lionel MessiBarcelona37
2015/16Luis SuarezBarcelona40
2014/15Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid48
2013/14Suarez/RonaldoLiverpool/Real Madrid31
2012/13Lionel MessiBarcelona46
2011/12Lionel MessiBarcelona50
2010/11Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid40

Lionel Messi has won the most European Golden Shoe titles.

The Barcelona forward has triumphed on six occasions, most recently in 2018/19.

Cristiano Ronaldo is his closest challenger with four career wins, though the Juventus forward has not come out on top since 2014/15 when he was at Real Madrid.

Nine players have two awards apiece, including Luis Suarez and Thierry Henry.

Messi holds the record for most goals and points in a season as well. He remarkably scored 50 goals in 2011/12, earning himself 100 points.

Ronaldo has come closest to breaking that, scoring 48 goals for 96 points when he last won the crown six years ago.

Argentina forward Messi is the only player in European Golden Shoe history to win the title three years in a row, doing so from 2016 until 2019.

Ronaldo, though, is one of only four players to have won the title with different clubs. The others are Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Mario Jardel.

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

It was his first title, with the striker becoming the first Serie A player to have the most goals in Europe since Francesco Totti triumphed for Lazio's rivals Roma in 2006/07.

Ligue 1 has not produced a winner since Josip Skoblar in 1971.

What are the European Golden Shoe rules and weightings?

Only league goals are eligible for the European Golden Shoe, with each strike earning points in a weighted system depending on the quality of league.

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 21 in Uefa's coefficients rankings - which includes the top-flights in Portugal, Netherlands and Russia - goals scored are given a weighting of 1.5, and goals scored in a league outwith the top 21 are given a weighting of 1.

That was not always the case in the European Golden Shoe. From 1968 until 1991, the award simply went to the highest goalscorer on the continent, regardless of the strength of league.

Awards were not initially handed out between 1991 until 1996, when the new system came into force. Since then, only two players playing outside what were the five highest-ranked leagues at the time have ever won the Golden Shoe - Henrik Larsson (2000/01) and Mario Jardel (2001/02).

The Golden Shoe has been tied in the past, most recently when Suarez and Ronaldo shared the honour in 2013/14. Going forward, though, the award will be given to the player who has played the fewest minutes if two of them end up on the same number of points.

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

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