As the 2022/23 season nears its end, here are the final top 10 rankings for the European Golden Shoe race.
Robert Lewandowski clinched the 2021/22 European Golden Shoe.
The Poland international earned his second consecutive title after scoring an impressive 35 goals in just 34 Bundesliga games while playing for Bayern Munich. Now that he’s on Barcelona’s team, can he make history and win a third straight Golden Shoe?
The European Sports Media decides the standings through a calculation that takes into account a player’s goal tally and the competitiveness of their league. (e.g. goals scored * league strength = total points)
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So as the season draws to a close, Ace Football checks out the current top 10 leaders for the European Golden Shoe.
10. Folarin Balogun (Stade Reims) – 40 points
On loan from Arsenal, Folarin Balogun has become a household name in France. The striker has smashed home 20 goals for Reims. His tally places him fourth in the Ligue 1 Golden Boot race. The New York-born star has caught the interest of clubs across Europe, including AC Milan. He could end up as one of the biggest summer transfers if he does leave Arsenal.
9. Ivan Toney (Brentford) – 40 points
Despite an eight-month ban from football, Ivan Toney’s record this season speaks for itself. The striker has raised his game, scoring an impressive 20 goals in 33 appearances. His efforts have helped Brentford edge closer to a top-half finish in the Premier League table. The Bees will welcome him back to the pitch in January 2023 once his suspension ends.
8. Enner Valencia (Fenerbahce) – 42 points
Enner Valencia has dominated the goal charts in Turkey. He has smashed in 28 goals in only 29 games this term. The former West Ham and Everton striker’s scoring prowess is a big reason why Fenerbahce are in the title hunt going into the final three matches of the campaign.
7. Jonathan David (Lille) – 44 points
Jonathan David has proven he is no one-hit-wonder. Fresh from an impressive 15-goal campaign last term, the Canadian striker has lit up the scoreboard in France this season with a stellar record of 22 goals in 35 appearances for top-four hopefuls Lille.
6. Robert Lewandowski (FC Barcelona) – 44 points
A third straight European Golden Shoe looks unlikely for Robert Lewandowski. Yet, the striker has been excellent in his first season at Barcelona. His 22 goals have helped the club win a first LaLiga title since 2019 and left him on the brink of clinching the coveted Pichichi Trophy.
5. Victor Osimhen (Napoli) – 46 points
Victor Osimhen has raised his game to another level this season. The Nigerian has been exceptional all year, scoring a superb 23 goals. His scoring exploits played a big part in Napoli’s success, with the Blues winning their first Serie A title since the legendary Diego Maradona era in 1990.
4. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) – 52 points
Just under a year ago, Alexandre Lacazette’s days on the pitch looked numbered when he rejoined Lyon from Arsenal. But boy, were we wrong! The 31-year-old frontman is back with a vengeance in his native France. He is fiercely competing with Kylian Mbappe for the Ligue 1 Golden Boot, with a brilliant 26 goals to his name so far.
3. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 56 points
After two seasons of showcasing his playmaking skills, Harry Kane is back to doing what he does best. The England captain has been firing in the goals for Tottenham non-stop. Even with the managerless Spurs struggling for results, he has still managed to put away 28 goals in the Premier League.
2. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – 56 points
Kylian Mbappe has already equaled his 28-goal tally from last season. What’s more impressive is that it took three games less to do so. The striker may not have as many 19 assists this time around, but his contributions have proven to be invaluable as Paris Saint-Germain chase a fifth Ligue 1 crown in six seasons.
1. Erling Haaland (Manchester City) – 72 points
Erling Haaland has taken Manchester City by storm with his incredible scoring abilities. We were all expecting great things, but he has far exceeded our wildest dreams with an unbelievable 36 goals! It’s no wonder he’s leading the way in both the European Golden Shoe and Premier League Golden Boot awards.
“Golden Boot” by Simon Harriyott is licensed under CC BY 2.0.