As the 2020-21 season gets to an advanced level, it is time to have a look at the current top 10 leaders in the European Golden Shoe race. The European Golden Shoe race for this season is beginning to take shape as the season strolls past the midway.
Robert Lewandowski, who was the runner up for the last season has already taken a commanding lead at the top of the table, irrespective of a league’s co-efficiency rating. The star forward has notched a stunning 24 goals in his opening 19 Bundesliga games so far.
The winner of the European Golden Shoe is determined by the European Sports Media with an outcome based on a player’s goal numbers and the strength of his league. For instance; goals scored * league strength = total points.
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10 Current Leaders In European Golden Shoe Race
Below are the current leaders in the European Golden Shoe race for this season as clubs glide past the midway of the current campaign.
1. Robert Lewandowski – 48 Points
Lewandowski was the winner of the 2020 FIFA Best Player Of the Year and the runner up of last season’s European Golden Shoe. In this campaign, the Polish striker has been outstanding for Bayern Munich yet again. He has made 52% goal contributions to Bayern’s 58 goals this season.
The 32-year-old forward has averaged 1.3 goals-per-game so far and is determined to win a first career European Golden Shoe after narrowly missing out on the award to Ciro Immobile the last term.
[Games: 19, Goals: 24, Assists: 6].
2. Andre Silva – 34 Points
Silva has duly repaid Eintracht Frankfurt for their faith in him after the club made his deal permanent last September by enjoying an impressive second season in the Bundesliga.
As it stands, only Robert Lewandowski has scored more goals than the 25-year-old Portuguese in the German top-flight.
[Games: 19, Goals: 17, Assists: 2].
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – 32 Points
Having failed to win the Capocannoniere award for the highest goalscorer in Serie A for the past two seasons, Ronaldo has entered his third season in the league with greater intent.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United ace has taken only 16 games to score 16 goals this campaign as his goals have helped to keep Juve alive in their bid for a 10th consecutive Serie A title.
[Games: 16, Goals: 16, Assists: 2].
4. Kylian Mbappe – 32 Points
After missing the beginning of the season due to a positive Covid-19 test, the 22-year-old Frenchman has continued his breathtaking form for Paris Saint-Germain since his return to playing.
[Games: 20, Goals: 16, Assists: 6].
5. Mohamed Salah – 32 Points
Mohamed Salah is in a run for a third Premier League Golden Boot in only four seasons and has been scoring at ease for his Liverpool side. Although Liverpool might not be Premier League favorites, the Egyptian has left nothing to chance. It’s still a long season and anything can happen, but until then let’s not discredit the 28-year-old sensation.
[Games: 22, Goals: 16, Assists: 3].
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 28 Points
After being sidelined with muscle and calf injuries from November until January, Zlatan Ibrahimovic came back to hammer four goals in five games so far.
The Swedish international looks set to lead AC Milan to Serie A title success despite being 39 years of age.
[Games: 11, Goals: 14, Assists: 1].
7. Erling Haaland – 28 Points
It is Haaland’s first full campaign in the German Bundesliga and the youngster has kicked it off impressively with a brilliant 14 goals in only 15 games.
Towards the end of last year, the 20-year-old Norwegian was sidelined with a torn muscle fiber but has been firing in goals once again upon his return.
[Games: 15, Goals: 14, Assists: 3].
8. Luis Suarez – 28 Points
It didn’t take long for the former Barcelona man to settle in his new Madrid environment. Atletico Madrid had been so lucky to acquire his services for free and since then, he has already notched 14 goals in just 16 games. Suarez’s most recent strike against Valencia saw him match an exclusive Cristiano Ronaldo La Liga milestone.
The Uruguayan is one of the most in-form strikers in Europe currently, with nine goals in his last eight league games for Diego Simeone’s side.
[Games: 16, Goals: 14, Assists: 2].
9. Ciro Immobile – 28 Points
Immobile, who won the last season’s European Golden Shoe race is back to his best after a slow start to the season. His goals have helped Lazio stay in Serie A’s top-four battle and equally progress to the Champions League last-16.
[Games: 19, Goals: 14, Assists: 3].
10. Wout Weghorst – 28 Points
Weghorst has scored an impressive five goals in his last six games for Wolfsburg, which has also helped lift his tally up to 14 goals. The Dutchman’s impressive form has equally helped Wolfsburg to move into third place in the Bundesliga table following their four consecutive wins to nil.
[Games: 20, Goals: 14, Assists: 2].
Elsewhere: Romelu Lukaku equally has 28 points but is outside the top 10 due to a lower goal-to-game ratio to others.
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