As the 2020/21 season approaches the halfway stage, 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 20 goals in his opening 14 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. Ciro Immobile – 22 points
Last season’s Golden Shoe winner is back to his best, having scored a goal in 10 of his last 12 Serie A appearances. His strong form has helped Lazio keep within five points of the top-four and progress to the Champions League last-16.
One thing worth noting, though, is that Immobile hasn’t scored over one goal in a single Serie A game this season.
Note: Lionel Messi, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jamie Vardy, Bruno Fernandes, and Memphis Depay all have 22 points but are outside the top 10 due to an inferior goal-to-game ratio than Immobile.
9. Andre Silva – 22 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 and Erling Haaland have scored more goals than Silva in the German top-flight.
8. Boulaye Dia – 24 points
Another surprise name in the mix is Senegal international Dia.
The 24-year-old striker has been outstanding for Stade Reims, scoring 12 goals in only 17 appearances. The 14th-placed club may be struggling at the moment in Ligue 1, but Dia continues to chip in vital goals. His brace against Saint-Etienne last weekend, in fact, helped secure a 3-1 victory.
7. Heung-min Son – 24 points
The South Korean, alongside Harry Kane, has been an instrumental part of Tottenham’s title charge this season. He has contributed towards 59% of Spurs’ 26 league goals overall and will hope to do more in the second half.
6. Romelu Lukaku – 24 points
The former Manchester United striker has been reborn ever since joining Inter Milan in 2019. He has already reached the half-century mark in goals in only 72 appearances for the club.
Lukaku is just 11 goals shy of reaching his tally of 23 goals in last season’s Serie A.
5. Kylian Mbappe – 24 points
Kicking off the top-five in the European Golden Shoe rankings is Mbappe.
The 22-year-old missed the beginning of the season due to a positive COVID-19 test, but he has continued his breathtaking form for Paris Saint-Germain since his return.
Mbappe has only started 11 of the club’s 19 Ligue 1 games, yet the young striker still tops the French league’s goal charts.
4. Erling Haaland – 24 points
The 20-year-old has kicked off his first full campaign in the German Bundesliga with a brilliant 12 goals in only 10 games. Had a muscle injury not sidelined him for Borussia Dortmund’s last four league games of 2020, he could’ve been a top-three challenger.
Nevertheless, Haaland has recovered from a torn muscle fiber and is firing in goals once again.
3. Mohamed Salah – 26 points
The Egyptian loves to score and continues to do so at ease for Liverpool.
Salah is gunning for a third Premier League Golden Boot in only four seasons and has left nothing to chance. He’s been ruthless, clinical, and extremely effective at hammering in the goals to help Liverpool go top of the league table.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 30 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 has taken only 13 games to score 15 goals to win many valuable points for Juventus in their bid for a 10th Serie A title in a row.
1. Robert Lewandowski – 40 points
The 2020 FIFA Best Player of the Year has made the difference yet again for Bayern Munich. His goal contributions have made up 54% of the club’s 46 goals.
Lewandowski has scored braces in three of Bayern’s last four league games and is determined to win a first European Golden Shoe after narrowly missing out last season.