European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Haaland catches Salah and closes in on leaders

The Dortmund striker moved on to 16 league goals this season, but it is another Bundesliga star who sits top of the standings.

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8:34pm on Monday 24th January 2022
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The 2021/22 European Golden Shoe race is under way, with the continent’s most prolific goalscorers all vying to win one of football’s most prestigious individual awards.

Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski saw off the challenge of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to finish at the top of the European Golden Shoe rankings last season.

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Lewandowski scored an astonishing 41 league goals from 29 appearances, giving him 82 Golden Shoe points and the highest winning score since Ronaldo in 2014/15.

Manchester United star Ronaldo and Messi – who has moved from Barcelona to PSG – both entered the new campaign expecting to challenge again in the standings for the most goals in Europe.

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Messi’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe and a fellow young star in Erling Haaland were also expected to be in the mix to top the Golden Shoe rankings and take the crown from Lewandowski.

Along with Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah started the season as the top Premier League candidates, though surprise winners have also emerged in the past.

Keep an eye on this page throughout the 2021/22 season for regular updates on the European Golden Shoe standings.

2021/22 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE STANDINGS

Robert Lewandowski continues to lead the race for the European Golden Shoe title, while fellow Bundesliga standout Erling Haaland is making positive progress in the standings.

Bayern striker Lewandowski leads the European golden boot standings with 23 goals, the highest total in all of Europe’s five major leagues.

He looks like the hot favourite to score the most goals in Europe for 2021/22 given he has 46 Golden Shoe points.

Despite a rare goalless outing in the 4-1 win for Bayern at Hertha Berlin, Lewandowski remains five goals clear of closest challenger Patrik Schick the Golden Shoe race.

Dusan Vlahovic, Karim Benzema and former winner Ciro Immobile are all tied for third place on 17 goals, just one strike behind Schick.

Haaland is now just one behind that group in the Golden Shoe charts, having moved onto 16 for the season by scoring in the 3-2 win for Dortmund away to Hoffenheim.

The Norway star now has four goals in his last three games across all competitions and has moved level with Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah – unable to add to his tally at the moment due to his AFCON involvement – in the standings.

Even though the PSG squad is full of stars, Wissam Ben Yedder of Monaco has the most goals in Ligue 1 this season with 13. That tally, though, is 10 adrift of Lewandowski at the top.

For the time being our table below tracking the European Golden Shoe standings will only list players from the top five European leagues, where the winner is most likely to emerge from.

2021/22 European Golden Shoe

PlayerTeamGoalsPoints
Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich2346
Patrik SchickBayer Leverkusen1836
Dusan VlahovicFiorentina1734
Karim BenzemaReal Madrid1734
Ciro ImmobileLazio1734
Mohamed SalahLiverpool1632
Erling HaalandDortmund1632
Anthony ModesteFC Koln1326
Wissam Ben YedderMonaco1326
Giovanni SimeoneCagliari1224
Jonathan DavidLille1224
Vinicius JuniorReal Madrid1224
JuanmiReal Betis1224
Raul de TomasEspanyol1224
Lautaro MartinezInter1122
Iago AspasCelta1122
Diogo JotaLiverpool1020

Who are the previous European Golden Shoe winners?

Lionel Messi has won the most European Golden Shoe titles.

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

Cristiano Ronaldo is his closest challenger with four career wins, though the Man Utd attacker 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 more than 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 2016/17 until 2018/19.

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.

Robert Lewandowski became the first Bundesliga winner since 1972 last season, with his 41 goals being the best tally for six seasons.

That came after 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, a statistic the likes of Messi and Mbappe are hoping to change soon.

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 2021/22 European Golden Shoe race.

Last season’s standings can be found here and if you want to see the final results for the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe, follow this link.

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