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Top 10 leaders in the European Golden Shoe race

European Golden Shoe
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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)

LeagueCoefficient ranking
Premier League2
La Liga2
Serie A2
German Bundesliga2
Ligue 12
Austrian Bundesliga1.5
Swiss Super League1.5
Turkish Super Lig1.5

So as the season draws to a close, Ace Football checks out the current top 10 leaders for the European Golden Shoe.

10. 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.

9. Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) – 42 points

Despite Romelu Lukaku’s return, Lautaro Martinez has remained the main man at Inter Milan. The striker has put away 21 goals and seven assists in 37 games. He is the league’s second-highest scorer, proving himself invaluable in Inter’s triumphant run to a top-four finish.

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. Robert Lewandowski (FC Barcelona) – 46 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 23 goals have helped the club win a first LaLiga title since 2019 and left him on the brink of clinching the coveted Pichichi Trophy.

6. Jonathan David (Lille) – 48 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 24 goals in 36 appearances for top-four hopefuls Lille.

5. Victor Osimhen (Napoli) – 50 points

Victor Osimhen has raised his game to another level this season. The Nigerian has been exceptional all year, scoring a superb 25 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) – 54 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 32-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 27 goals to his name so far.

3. 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, with Paris Saint-Germain securing a fifth Ligue 1 crown in six seasons at the weekend.

2. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 60 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 still managed to put away 30 goals in the Premier League.

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 the European Golden Shoe and won Premier League Golden Boot award.

Golden Boot” by Simon Harriyott is licensed under CC BY 2.0.