As the 2020/21 season enters the final third, it is time to check out the 10 current leaders in the European Golden Shoe race.
The 2020/21 European Golden Shoe race is beginning to take shape as clubs reach the halfway stage.
Last season’s runner-up Robert Lewandowski has already taken a commanding lead at the top of the table, irrespective of a league’s co-efficiency rating, with a stunning 28 goals in his 22 Bundesliga games.
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).
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So here Ace Football checks out the 10 current leaders for this season’s Golden Shoe using only players from a top-five European league.
10. Bruno Fernandes – 30 points
Fernandes is the third Portuguese player to break into the top 10 after Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva. The Manchester United midfielder has been in scintillating form, having managed four goals and three assists in his last four Premier League games.
He is now Mohamed Salah’s closest rival for the Premier League Golden Boot.
9. Luis Suarez – 32 points
The former Barcelona striker has taken no time at all to adapt to his new surroundings, having scored 16 goals already. His recent strike against Valencia also saw him break a Cristiano Ronaldo La Liga milestone.
Suarez is one of the most in-form stars in Europe and is competing with Messi in the Golden Boot race in Spain.
8. Mohamed Salah – 34 points
The Egyptian loves to score and continues to do so at ease for Liverpool.
Salah is gunning for a third Premier League Golden Boot in only four seasons and has left nothing to chance. He’s been ruthless, clinical, and extremely effective at hammering in the goals to help Liverpool go top of the league table.
7. Erling Haaland – 34 points
The 20-year-old has kicked off his first full campaign in the German Bundesliga with a brilliant 17 goals in only 17 games. Had a muscle injury not sidelined him for Borussia Dortmund’s last four league games of 2020, he could’ve been a lot closer to the top.
Nevertheless, Haaland has recovered from a torn muscle fiber and is firing in goals once again.
6. Romelu Lukaku – 36 points
Lukaku’s goal drought is over. The former Manchester United striker has scored six goals in his last four Serie A outings for Inter Milan, and he’s even chipped in an assist in each of his last three games.
He is now Cristiano Ronaldo’s closest rival for the Golden Boot award in Italy.
5. Kylian Mbappe – 36 points
The 22-year-old ended a brief two-match scoring drought in Ligue 1 by bagging a brace in PSG’s 4-0 win over Dijon. He has now got 18 league goals and is back in the top-five.
If Mbappe can build on this, he could still pose a challenge for the European Golden Shoe.
4. Lionel Messi – 38 points
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s resurgence continues, having scored in each of his last seven La Liga games. Messi has supplied 12 goals and two assists in this period to help Barcelona bag seven wins and revive hopes of a possible title challenge.
3. Andre Silva – 38 points
The former AC Milan striker completed a permanent €3m transfer to Eintracht Frankfurt in September and has repaid the club’s faith by enjoying an impressive second season in the Bundesliga.
Only Robert Lewandowski has scored more goals than Silva in the German top-flight.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 38 points
After narrowly missing out on a first Capocannoniere award and a fifth European Golden Shoe, Ronaldo has entered his third campaign with Juventus more determined than ever.
The Real Madrid legend has taken only 20 games to score 19 goals to win many valuable points for Juventus in their bid for a 10th Serie A title in a row.
1. Robert Lewandowski – 56 points
The 2020 FIFA Best Player of the Year has made the difference yet again for Bayern Munich. His goal contributions have made up 51% of the club’s goals.
Lewandowski is determined to win a first European Golden Shoe after narrowly missing out to Ciro Immobile last season.