As the 2020/21 season enters the final third, it is time to check out the 10 current leaders in the European Golden Shoe race.
The 2020/21 European Golden Shoe race is beginning to take shape as clubs reach the halfway stage.
Last season’s runner-up Robert Lewandowski has already taken a commanding lead at the top of the table, irrespective of a league’s co-efficiency rating, with a stunning 35 goals in his 25 Bundesliga games.
The European Sports Media determines the outcome based on a player’s goal numbers and the strength of his league (e.g. goals scored * league strength = total points).
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So here Ace Football checks out the 10 current leaders for this season’s Golden Shoe using only players from a top-five European league.
10. Luis Suarez – 38 points
The former Barcelona striker has taken no time at all to adapt to his new surroundings, having scored 19 goals already. His recent strike against Valencia also saw him break a Cristiano Ronaldo La Liga milestone.
Suarez is one of the most in-form stars in Europe and is competing with Messi in the Golden Boot race in Spain.
9. Karim Benzema – 38 points
The Frenchman scored for the seventh league match in succession on Saturday to steer Real Madrid to a crucial 2-1 win over Barcelona. He also joined Cristiano Ronaldo in an exclusive scoring club at the same time.
Benzema has now moved level with Gerard Moreno and Luis Suarez on 19 goals in La Liga as Lionel Messi’s closest challengers for the Pichichi Trophy.
8. Gerard Moreno – 38 points
The Villarreal striker has proved last season was no fluke by enjoying another prolific campaign this term.
Moreno’s recent hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Granada moved him level with Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema. And as the Spanish league’s top-scorer Lionel Messi is only four goals ahead, is it too soon to write this guy off?
7. Romelu Lukaku – 42 points
Lukaku’s goal drought is over. The former Manchester United striker has scored five goals in his last seven Serie A outings for Inter Milan, and he’s even been chipping in assists.
He is Cristiano Ronaldo’s closest rival for the Golden Boot award in Italy.
6. Kylian Mbappe – 42 points
Mbappe has had another impressive campaign in Ligue 1. His prolific form has helped Paris Saint-Germain stay within three points of league leaders Lille ahead of the final seven games.
The 22-year-old could still be within a chance of a top-three spot in the European Golden Shoe race.
5. Erling Haaland – 42 points
The 20-year-old has kicked off his first full campaign in the German Bundesliga with a brilliant 21 goals already. Had a muscle injury not sidelined him for Borussia Dortmund’s last four league games of 2020, he could’ve been a lot closer to the top.
Nevertheless, Haaland has recovered from a torn muscle fiber and is firing in goals once again.
4. Lionel Messi – 46 points
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s resurgence continues following a lackluster start to the campaign. He has rediscovered his best form since the turn of the year and has proved key in Barcelona’s comeback in the La Liga title battle.
3. Andre Silva – 46 points
The former AC Milan striker completed a permanent €3m transfer to Eintracht Frankfurt in September and has repaid the club’s faith by enjoying an impressive second season in the Bundesliga.
Only Robert Lewandowski has scored more goals than Silva in the German top-flight.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 50 points
After narrowly missing out on a first Capocannoniere award and a fifth European Golden Shoe, Ronaldo has entered his third campaign with Juventus more determined than ever.
The Real Madrid legend continues to bang in the goals in for a struggling Juventus and will be key in the club’s hopes of a top-four finish.
1. Robert Lewandowski – 70 points
The 2020 FIFA Best Player of the Year has made the difference yet again for Bayern Munich. His goal contributions have made up 52% of the club’s goals.
Lewandowski is determined to win a first European Golden Shoe after narrowly missing out to Ciro Immobile last season.