European Golden Shoe 2021/22 position

The European gold shoe race 2021/22 is underway, where the continent’s most productive goal scorers are all fighting to win one of football’s most prestigious individual awards.

Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski ignored the challenge from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to finish at the top of the European gold shoe rankings last season.

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Lewandowski scored an astonishing 41 league goals from 29 appearances, giving him 82 Golden Shoe points and the highest winning score since Ronaldo in 2014/15.

Manchester United star Ronaldo and Messi – who have switched from Barcelona to PSG – both joined the new campaign and expected to challenge again in the position for most goals in Europe.

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Messi’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe and another young star in Erling Haaland were also expected to join the mix to top the Golden Shoe rankings and take the crown from Lewandowski.

Along with Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah started the season as the best Premier League candidates, although surprising winners have also appeared in the past.

Keep an eye on this page throughout the 2021/22 season for regular updates on European gold shoe positions.

2021/22 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE POSITIONS

Robert Lewandowski leads the race for the European gold shoe title and sits three goals ahead of his main competition.

Looking for another title in a row, Lewandowski has 19 goals from 17 Bundesliga matches in 2021/22, having scored three times in his last two matches.

Bayern return to action after the winter break against Gladbach on Friday.

When they do, Lewandowski will be aware that he has three rivals draw on 16 goals and 32 Golden Shoe points behind him.

A goal for Mohamed Salah during Liverpool’s dramatic 2-2 draw against Chelsea means he has come to Patrik Schick and Dusan Vlahovic on the total.

Fiorentina star Vlahovic is at the top of the Serie A scoring list, while Schick only follows Lewandowski in the Bundesliga.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema – the top scorer in Spain – is only one left in 15 and is another candidate to take the victory.

Erling Haaland and former Gold Shoe winner Ciro Immobile are not out of contention either.

The Dortmund and Lazio strikers each have 13 goals for the 2021/22 season.

There are some star players in Paris Saint-Germain this season, but it is Lilles Jonathan David who tops the Ligue 1 scoring list with 12 goals, placing him in eighth place in this position.

So far, our table below, which tracks the European gold shoe position, will only show players from the top five European leagues where the winner is most likely to come from.

2021/22 European Golden Shoe

Who are the former European gold shoe winners?

Lionel Messi has won the most European gold shoe titles.

The PSG striker has won on six occasions, most recently in 2018/19 for Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo is his closest challenger with four career victories, although the Man Utd striker has not come to the top since 2014/15 when he was at Real Madrid.

Nine players have two awards each, including Luis Suarez and Thierry Henry.

Messi also holds the record for most goals and points in a season. He remarkably scored 50 goals in 2011/12 and earned himself 100 points.

Ronaldo has come closest to breaking it, scoring 48 goals for 96 points when he last won the crown more than six years ago.

Argentina striker Messi is the only player in the history of the European gold shoe to have won the title three years in a row, making it from 2016/17 to 2018/19.

However, Ronaldo is one of only four players to have won the title with various clubs. The others are Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Mario Jardel.

Robert Lewandowski became the first Bundesliga winner since 1972 last season, with his 41 goals being the best result in six seasons.

It happened after Ciro Immobile won the European gold shoe in 2019/20 and scored 36 goals for Lazio in a terrific Serie A season.

It was his first title, with the striker becoming the first Serie A player to have the most goals in Europe since Francesco Totti defeated Lazio’s rivals Roma in 2006/07.

Ligue 1 has not produced a winner since Josip Skoblar in 1971, a statistic that Messi and Mbappe hope to change soon.

What are the European gold shoe rules and weightings?

Only league goals qualify for the European Golden Shoe, where each strike earns points in a weighted system depending on the quality of the league.

The five elite leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 – all have a weighting of 2, meaning a player will be awarded two points for every goal they score in these tournaments.

For the leagues ranked sixth to 21 in UEFA’s coefficient rankings – which include the top flights in Portugal, the Netherlands and Russia – the goals scored are weighted 1.5, and the goals scored in a league outside the top 21 are weighted 1.

This was not always the case in the European golden shoe. From 1968 to 1991, the award simply went to the highest goal scorer on the continent, regardless of the league’s strength.

Prizes were first awarded between 1991 and 1996, when the new system came into force. Since then, only two players playing outside the top five leagues at that time have ever won the Golden Shoe – Henrik Larsson (2000/01) and Mario Jardel (2001/02).

The golden shoe has previously been tied, most recently when Suarez and Ronaldo shared the honor in 2013/14. In future, however, the prize will be awarded to the player who has played the fewest minutes if two of them end up with the same number of points.

This page covers the 2021/22 European Golden Shoe race.

Last season’s position can be found here and if you want to see the final results for European Golden Shoe 2019/20, follow this link.

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