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European Golden Shoe Rankings – The 10 Leaders

European Golden Shoe
© Simon Harriyott

As the 2023/24 season gets underway, here are the current top 10 leaders in the European Golden Shoe rankings.

Erling Haaland clinched the 2022/23 European Golden Shoe.

The Norway international won the award for the first time after scoring an outstanding 36 goals in just 35 Premier League games for Manchester City. Now, going into his second season at the Etihad, can he win a second 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, with the season now underway, Ace Football checks out the current top 10 leaders for the European Golden Shoe based on footballers and their goal tallies in Europe’s top 5 leagues ONLY.

10. Deniz Undav (VfB Stuggart) – 28 points

Deniz Undav has proved to be excellent value for money during his loan spell from Brighton. The striker has excelled upon his return to the Bundesliga, scoring 14 goals in 19 matches for VfB Stuggart. It marks a solid improvement from last season, where he scored just five goals in 22 Premier League games.

9. Borja Mayoral (Getafe) – 30 points

Borja Mayoral has discovered his scoring prowess in the vibrant heart of Spanish football. He stands as one of Jude Bellingham’s rivals in the thrilling race for the top scorer title in LaLiga, with almost nothing between them. His electrifying performances have set the scoreboard ablaze for Getafe, igniting their audacious quest for European qualification.

8. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 30 points

Mohamed Salah is setting the Premier League on fire this season, smashing the back of the net with a staggering 15 goals in just 21 games! He’s already set to beat his previous season’s tally in the dust, and we’re barely halfway through yet. The Egyptian maestro is leading the charge for a revamped Liverpool team, proving to be a relentless force that defenders can’t contain.

7. Lois Openda (RB Leipzig) – 32 points

The summer signing of €38.5 million has seamlessly adapted to the Bundesliga, leaving an indelible mark. After netting an impressive 21 goals in Ligue 1 last season for Lens, Lois Openda shows no signs of slowing down in Germany. With a remarkable tally of 16 goals, he is well on his way to replicating his previous success.

6. Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid) – 32 points

Jude Bellingham has been making waves in LaLiga this season. Unfazed by his €103 million price tag, the 20-year-old midfielder has been scoring goals left and right in Spain. His sharpness on the ball and eye for goal have made him a fan favorite. Many are hailing him as one of the most promising young talents in world football, and it’s easy to see why.

5. Erling Haaland (Manchester City) – 32 points

Erling Haaland is a footballer who needs no introduction. The Norwegian won his first European Golden Shoe last season, and based on his current form, a second definitely is not out of the question. He is again scoring goals at an alarming rate for Manchester City. The Citizens are chasing a fourth straight Premier League title, and this guy is going to be critical.

4. Serhou Guirassy (VfB Stuttgart) – 36 points

Serhou Guirassy is one of the most lethal attackers in the Bundesliga at the moment. The VfB Stuttgart star has found the back of the net an incredible 18 times in 16 matches. But his impact on the team goes beyond just his goal-scoring prowess. His performances have been nothing short of spectacular. They’ve helped Stuttgart climb up to third in the table.

3. Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) – 40 points

Lautaro Martínez has been nothing short of sensational in Serie A this season. The Inter Milan striker has scored an impressive 20 goals in just 22 matches, proving there is life after Romelu Lukaku. It’s clear that Martínez is a special talent. If he keeps up this level of performance, there’s no doubt that he’ll be one of the top contenders for the European Golden Shoe.

2. Kylian Mbappé (PSG) – 42 points

Who needs Messi or Neymar? Paris Saint-Germain have the unstoppable force of Kylian Mbappe! The sensational striker has been lighting up Ligue 1 yet again, netting an incredible 21 goals in just 20 games for PSG. As the season unfolds, it will be thrilling to witness his growth and see if he can maintain the momentum in his quest for the prestigious European Golden Shoe.

1. Harry Kane (Bayern Munich) – 50 points

For €100 million, Harry Kane looks like he was every cent for Bayern Munich. The England captain has adapted to Bundesliga football seamlessly. He has smashed home an incredible 25 goals in his first 22 games to spearhead Bayern’s charge for more silverware. The Bavarians are chasing a 12th straight title, and with Kane firing on all cylinders, will any team be able to stop them?

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