As the 2019/20 season nears its end, it is time to check out the 10 current leaders in the European Golden Shoe race.
The 2019/20 European Golden Shoe race is heating up as the season draws to a close. Around three players have a serious chance of claiming the honour, each a deserving winner in their own right.
The European Sports Media determines the outcome based on a player’s goal numbers and strength of his league (e.g. goals scored * league strength = total points).
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So as the battle reaches its climax, Ronaldo.com lists the 10 current leaders for this season’s Golden Shoe.
10. Jean-Pierre Nsame (BSC Young Boys) – 45 points
The Indomitable Lions striker’s astonishing goalscoring form knows no limits with six goals in his last four matches, including a memorable hat-trick in the recent 5-0 thrashing of FC Zurich.
Add his three assists to the mix, Pierre Nsame has made up 42.7% of Young Boys goals at the top of the Swiss Super League.
A third league title in a row beckons for Gerardo Seoane’s men with a five-point lead over St. Gallen ahead of the final two fixtures.
9. Shon Weissman (Wolfsberger) – 45 points
The Israel international has enjoyed a strong debut campaign for Wolfsberger in the Austrian Bundesliga, finishing on 30 goals and 5 assists in just 31 games.
Since Erling Haaland left in January for Borussia Dortmund, Weissman has been the undisputed goal king in Austria. And to think Wolfsberger signed him for free last summer from Maccabi Haifa as well…
8. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) – 46 points
Swapping Manchester United for Inter last summer breathed fresh life into Lukaku. The striker has enjoyed a stellar debut campaign in Italy, bagging 23 goals to help establish the Nerazzurri as a title threat.
Although Lukaku slipped behind Vardy again in Inter’s last few games of the season. Therefore, the Englishman is ahead, having scored 23 goals first.
7. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – 46 points
One of the biggest beneficiaries of Brendan Rodgers’ reign at Leicester City has to be Vardy.
The English striker never quite reached his usual standards under Rodgers’ predecessor, Claude Puel. That’s all in the past now, however, as Vardy is back to his usual prolific self. In fact, he may be better than ever.
He capped off one of the greatest seasons of his entire career by winning the Premier League Golden Boot ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Ings.
6. Erling Haaland (RB Salzburg/Borussia Dortmund) – 50 points
The 20-year-old striker has taken the world by storm through his goalscoring exploits for Salzburg and Dortmund. Nothing seems to be beyond his reach, and the best is certainly yet to come.
Despite spending the first half of the season in the Austrian Bundesliga, Haaland instantly adapted to German football in impressive fashion following a debut hat-trick against Augsburg.
The Norwegian will hope to challenge Robert Lewandowski for the Golden Boot award next season.
Note: Haaland also scored 16 goals in the Austrian Bundesliga, which gave him an additional 24 points to his tally (16 x 1.5 = 24).
5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 50 points
The current Golden Shoe-holder is out of the contention as La Liga has ended.
Although it’s still been another impressive campaign from Messi, who has registered 20 or more assists in La Liga for the second time in his career after first doing so in 2014/15.
Messi also finished as top-scorer of La Liga for the seventh time on 25 goals in 33 games.
4. Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – 56 points
The Chelsea-bound striker may sit fourth in the list, but his hopes of winning the Golden Shoe are over as the Bundesliga season is finished. Therefore, he can’t improve on his tally anymore.
Nevertheless, it’s been a remarkable season for Werner with a career-best 28 goals for Leipzig.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 62 points
Ronaldo continues to smash defences at ease, with the Juventus star on an incredible 31 goals in just 33 matches in arguably Europe’s strongest defensive league.
Add his four assists to the mix, Cristiano makes up 46.6% of Juventus’ 75 goals in the league. An incredible achievement that has sealed him a second Serie A title.
Although hopes of a fifth Golden Shoe award and a first Capocannoniere ended when he failed to score against Cagliari and didn’t feature in Juve’s final league game of the season against AS Roma.
2. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 68 points
Lewandowski will probably feel hard done by in this one.
The Polish hotshot raised his game to another level this season to ensure Bayern Munich of an eighth consecutive league title, and himself of a fifth Golden Boot award. He was outstanding.
Lewy even led the Golden Shoe race for most of this season before Ciro Immobile overtook him on Wednesday. It’s a true shame, as it was his best chance yet.
Thanks to the Bundesliga being restricted to 34 games, though, there was nothing more that Lewandowski could do.
1. Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 72 points
We have a new winner for the European Golden Shoe in Immobile, who has never won the award before.
The Italian spearheaded Lazio’s unexpected title challenge this season, equalling Gonzalo Higauin’s record of 36 goals in one campaign. He’s always been one of the Serie A’s most consistent goalscorers, but this season has been exceptional even by his own standards.
A third Capocannoniere award also came Immobile’s way this season.