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Top 10 leaders in the European Golden Shoe race

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As the 2021/22 season begins to take shape, it is time to check out the 10 current leaders in the European Golden Shoe race.

The 2021/22 European Golden Shoe race is beginning to take shape as clubs approach the halfway stage.

Last season’s winner Robert Lewandowski is back on top again across Europe’s biggest leagues, having scored a brilliant 19 goals in only 17 Bundesliga games. The Pole is gunning for back-to-back titles, but he has some pretty stiff competition.

The European Sports Media determines the outcome based on a player’s goal numbers and the strength of his league (e.g. goals scored * league strength = total points).

LeagueCoefficient ranking
Premier League2
La Liga2
Serie A2
German Bundesliga2
Ligue 12
Austrian Bundesliga1.5
Swiss Super League1.5

Where is Ronaldo ranked?

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently ranked in a joint 28th-place alongside stars like Emmanuel Dennis (Watford), Memphis Depay (Barcelona), and Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)on 16 points.

The Manchester United star is only six points outside the top-10 now after his strike against Burnley on Thursday.

So, without further ado, Ronaldo.com checks out the 10 current leaders for this season’s Golden Shoe using only players from a top-five European league.

10. Juanmi (Real Betis) – 22 points

The former Southampton winger has really stepped up for Real Betis as Manuel Pellegrini’s side sit in a surprise third-place in La Liga.

From just two goals last season, Juanmi has already found the back of the net 11 times this term. Like Lautaro, he has also scored in his last five games – which includes a hat-trick against Levante.

9. Giovanni Simeone (Hellas Verona) – 24 points

After falling out of favor at Cagliari, Giovanni Simeone is a man reborn on loan at Hellas Verona this season.

The Spanish-born Argentine striker has rediscovered his best form under Igor Tudor. He is the third-highest goalscorer in Serie A, having scored 12 times in only 18 games and has also chipped in two assists.

8. Jonathan David (Lille) – 24 points

While Lille’s Ligue 1 title defense has been a disaster this season, Jonathan David has been anything but that.

The American-born Canadian striker is the French league’s leading goalscorer, having found the back of the net 12 times in 19 games, and is even in the mix for the European Golden Shoe.

7. Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 26 points

After a somewhat below-par campaign by his high standards last term, Ciro Immobile is banging in the goals at an insane rate for Lazio again.

The Italian has already scored 13 goals in only 15 appearances this season. With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo out of the picture for now, on top of Serie A having four more games than the Bundesliga, he has a decent chance of winning a second European Golden Shoe in three years.

6. Erling Haaland (B. Dortmund) – 26 points

Had it not been for a hip flexor injury between October and November, Erling Haaland would be higher up on the European Golden Shoe rankings.

Nevertheless, the 21-year-old continues to hammer in the goals at an alarming rate for Borussia Dortmund. If Haaland keeps this form up, he will surely become a serious threat for this award.

5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 30 points

While many fans have questioned his seventh-place finish in the Ballon d’Or, Mohamed Salah has done his talking on the pitch instead.

The Egyptian forward leads both the Premier League goal and assists charts this season. His brilliance has placed him fifth in the European Golden Shoe rankings, an award he hasn’t won…yet.

4. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 30 points

The Frenchman has been the full package for Real Madrid by sitting amongst the leaders in La Liga’s goal and assist charts.

Karim Benzema’s impact is impossible to ignore. Real Madrid hold an eight-point lead at the top of La Liga already, and a big part of that has been down to his efforts. A quick look at his stats says it all.

His 15 goals and 7 assists make up 54% of the club’s 41 league goals alone.

3. Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina) – 32 points

The 21-year-old is probably the most-talked-about striker at the moment in terms of transfer gossip and his many goals.

A peek at his stats explains why so many top European clubs are said to be interested. In only 18 games, Dusan Vlahovic has already scored 16 goals and chipped in two assists. The Serbian’s efforts have helped Fiorentina climb into the top six of the Serie A standings.

2. Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen) – 32 points

The Czech Republic international has carried over his brilliant Euro 2020 form to the Bundesliga this term.

Patrik Schick has already bettered last season’s tally of nine goals by finding the back of the net 16 times in only 14 appearances to help Bayer Leverkusen climb into the top four in the league table.

1. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 38 points

The reigning European Golden Shoe titleholder is on course for a second award in as many seasons at the moment.

Despite a change in the Bayern Munich dugout, Robert Lewandowski remains as formidable as ever. The Pole has scored a brilliant 19 goals in only 17 Bundesliga games.

Considering he scored 17 times at this stage last season and went on to bag a record 41 goals, the sky is clearly the limit for Lewandowski in 2021/22.