As we head into the final third of the 2020-21 campaign, it is the time we bring to you the 10 current leaders in the European Golden Shoe race. This season’s European Golden Shoe race is beginning to take shape as clubs reach the final stage.
In the list, last season’s runner-up Robert Lewandowski has already taken a commanding lead at the top of the chart, irrespective of a league’s co-efficiency rating, with a stunning 35 goals in his 25 Bundesliga games so far this season.
The European Golden Shoe winner is determined by the European Sports Media 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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Top 10 Leaders In The European Golden Shoe Race
Below, we check out the 10 current leaders for this season’s Golden Shoe using only players from a top-five European league.
10. Wout Weghorst – 34 Points
Weghorst scored for the third time in a row on Saturday to help Wolfsburg beat Werder Bremen 2-1. He has so far chipped in three goals and two assists in his three Bundesliga outings.
The 28-year-old Dutch striker doesn’t often score braces of hat-tricks, but he is a consist and reliable goal getter!
[Games: 26, Goals: 17, Assists: 5].
9. Karim Benzema – 34 Points
The Frenchman breaks into the top 10 for the first time this season after back-to-back braces for Real Madrid against Elche and Celta Vigo.
Benzema has now scored in each of his last five La Liga appearances, supplying seven goals and an assist. Should, the 33-year-old forward continue this way, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will face stiff competition to finish as top-scorer in Spain.
[Games: 24, Goals: 17, Assists: 6].
8. Kylian Mbappe – 36 Points
The youngster has ended a brief two-match scoring drought in Ligue 1 by bagging a brace in PSG’s 4-0 win over Dijon. However, a suspension for the Bordeaux match, and his failure to score in the 2-1 defeat to Nantes on Sunday, has cost him.
Kylian Mbappe, meanwhile, will need to quickly rediscover his scoring form to challenge for a top-three spot in the European Golden Shor race.
[Games: 24, Goals: 18, Assists: 6].
7. Luis Suarez – 36 Points
The 34-year-old striker has taken no time to adapt to his new surroundings following his summer move from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid by scoring 18 goals already. His recent strike against Valencia also saw him break a Cristiano Ronaldo La Liga milestone.
Suarez is also one of the most in-form stars in Europe and is competing with Lionel Messi in the Golden Boot race in Spain.
[Games: 25, Goals: 18, Assists: 2].
6. Romelu Lukaku – 38 Points
Romelu Lukaku’s goal drought is over as the former Manchester United striker has found the back of the net five times in his last six Serie A outings for Inter Milan, and he’s even been chipping in assists.
The 27-year-old Belgian is now Cristiano Ronaldo’s closest rival for the Golden Boot award in Italy.
[Games: 26, Goals: 19, Assists: 6].
5. Lionel Messi – 42 Points
The Argentine’s resurgence continues, having scored in nine of his last 10 La Liga games. Within this period, the Barcelona captain supplied 14 goals and five assists to help his club bag nine wins and revive hopes of a possible title challenge.
[Games:25, Goals: 21, Assists: 7].
4. Andre Silva – 42 Points
The former AC Milan forward, who completed a permanent €3m transfer to Eintracht Frankfurt in September has repaid the club’s faith in him by enjoying an impressive second season in the Bundesliga.
At the moment, only Robert Lewandowski has scored more goals than Silva in the German top-flight.
[Games: 24, Goals: 21, Assists: 3].
3. Erling Haaland – 42 Points
Haaland is arguably the hottest youngster in Europe at the moment, with the 20-year-old kicking off his first full campaign in the German Bundesliga with a brilliant 21 goals in as many games.
Had a muscle injury not sidelined the Norwegian for Borussia Dortmund’s last four league games of 2020, he could have been a lot closer to the top. Nevertheless, he has recovered from a torn muscle fiber and is firing in goals once again.
[Games: 21, Goals: 21, Assists: 4].
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 46 Points
The 36-year-old narrowly missed out on a first Capocannoniere award and a fifth European Golden Shoe last year. However, Ronaldo has entered his third season with Juventus more determined tha ever.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Cagliari in the previous week has taken his tally to 23 goals in as many games to win many valuable points for the Bianconeri in their bid for a 10th Serie A title in a row.
[Games: 23, Goals: 23, Assists: 2].
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 53% of the club’s goals.
The Poland international is determined to win a first European Golden Shoe after narrowly missing out on Ciro Immobile last season.
[Games: 25, Goals: 35, Assists: 6].