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 36 goals in his 26 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 we check out the 10 current leaders for this season’s Golden Shoe using only players from a top-five European league.
10. Gerard Moreno – 40 points
The Villarreal striker has proved last season was no fluke by enjoying another prolific campaign this term.
Moreno has been a key factor behind Villarreal’s bid for a top-six finish and could be set for a top-three finish in the La Liga goal charts.
9. Romelu Lukaku – 42 points
A four-match goalless streak has cost Lukaku valuable ground in the European Golden Shoe race.
The Inter Milan striker is now in ninth-place on 42 points.
He does remain, though, Cristiano Ronaldo’s closest rival for the Golden Boot award in Italy.
8. Harry Kane – 42 points
Harry Kane capped off Jose Mourinho’s last match in charge of Tottenham by scoring a brace in a 2-2 draw with Everton.
It took his tally up to 21 Premier League goals and placed him back inside the top 10 of the European Golden Shoe battle. He is yet to score, however, under Spurs interim coach Ryan Mason.
7. Karim Benzema – 42 points
Benzema has failed to score in his last two La Liga games which saw Real Madrid draw 0-0 with Real Betis and defeat Osasuna 2-0 last weekend.
The Frenchman remains ahead of Gerard Moreno and Luis Suarez as Lionel Messi’s closest challenger for the Pichichi Trophy. But his hopes of beating the Barcelona skipper are fading fast as the season nears its end.
6. Andre Silva – 50 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.
5. Kylian Mbappe – 50 points
Mbappe has had another impressive campaign in Ligue 1. His prolific form has helped Paris Saint-Germain stay within a point of league leaders Lille ahead of the final four games.
The 22-year-old could still be within a chance of a top-three spot in the European Golden Shoe race.
4. Erling Haaland – 50 points
The 20-year-old has kicked off his first full campaign in the German Bundesliga with a brilliant 21 goals already. 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.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – 54 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 continues to bang in the goals in for a struggling Juventus and will be key in the club’s hopes of a top-four finish.
2. Lionel Messi – 56 points
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s resurgence continues following a lackluster start to the campaign. He has rediscovered his best form since the turn of the year and has proved key in Barcelona’s comeback in the La Liga title battle.
1. Robert Lewandowski – 72 points
The 2020 FIFA Best Player of the Year has made the difference yet again for Bayern Munich. His goal contributions have made up 49% of the club’s goals.
Lewandowski is determined to win a first European Golden Shoe after narrowly missing out to Ciro Immobile last season.