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).
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So, with the season now underway, Ace Football checks out the current top 10 leaders for the European Golden Shoe based on footballers playing in one of Europe’s top 5 leagues ONLY.
10. Robert Lewandowski (FC Barcelona) – 10 points
New season, same old Robert Lewandowski. The two-time Golden Shoe winner may claim he’s not the same “machine” he was at Bayern Munich anymore, but Barcelona won’t care about that. With an impressive five goals in just six LaLiga games this season, he continues to dazzle for the Blaugrana.
9. Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid) – 10 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.
8. Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid) – 10 points
Alvaro Morata has done his talking on the pitch this season. After experiencing ups and downs throughout his career in Europe, Morata has emerged as a key player at Atletico Madrid. The striker has scored five goals in as many LaLiga games for Diego Simeone’s side, including a match-winning brace against Real Madrid.
7. Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) – 10 points
Lautaro Martínez has been nothing short of sensational in Serie A this season. The Inter Milan striker has scored an impressive five goals in just three 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.
6. Jonas Wind (Wolfsburg) – 10 points
Jonas Wind isn’t the first name that pops into mind in terms of elite goalscorers. But considering the way he’s going, that may soon change. The Dane has erupted in his second full season at Wolfsburg. He already has five goals in the Bundesliga to his name, one less than what he managed throughout all of the previous campaign.
5. Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen) – 12 points
Another standout player from the Bundesliga is Victor Boniface. Like Behrens, Boniface has smashed home five goals in six games. The 22-year-old’s clinical touch in front of goal has been instrumental for Bayer Leverkusen, who sit second in the Bundesliga. He has even chipped in two assists along the way. Without a doubt, this will be a player to watch in the coming weeks.
4. Kylian Mbappé (PSG) – 14 points
No Messi or Neymar? No problem, Kylian Mbappe is still around for Paris Saint-Germain! The striker has been an unstoppable force in Ligue 1 once again, scoring seven goals in just five games for PSG. As the season progresses, it will be exciting to see how he develops and whether he can sustain a challenge for his first European Golden Shoe.
3. Harry Kane (Bayern Munich) – 14 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 impressive seven goals in his first five games to steer Bayern back to the top of the standings. The Bavarians are chasing a 12th straight title, and with Kane firing on all cylinders, will any team be able to stop them?
2. Erling Haaland (Manchester City) – 16 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.
1. Serhou Guirassy (VfB Stuttgart) – 10 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 10 times in five 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, just one point off leaders Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.