The 2021/22 season begin to approach its second half, with the records and goals beginning to take shape, it is about that time to check out the 10 current leaders in the European Golden Shoe race.
Last season’s winner Robert Lewandowski is back on top again across Europe’s biggest leagues, having scored a brilliant 16 goals in only 14 Bundesliga games. The Pole is gunning for back-to-back titles, but he has some pretty stiff competition.
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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Here is the current Top 10 leaders in the European Golden Shoe race as we consider only players from the European top-five League.
10. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – 20 points
Vinicius Junior has become a regular stater under the management of Carlo Ancelotti, after having irregular play-time last season.
The 21-year-old Brazilian has repaid the Italian’s faith by making a flying start to 2021/22. He is La Liga’s second-highest goalscorer on 10 goals and has chipped in a few assists as well.
9. Jonathan David (Lille) – 22 points
Lille’s defense has been nothing to be proud of this season, however, Jonathan David has been at his best when it comes to scoring goals.
The American-born Canadian striker is the French league’s leading goalscorer, having found the back of the net 11 times in 17 games, and is even in the mix for the European Golden Shoe.
8. Giovanni Simeone (Hellas Verona) – 22 points
Despite falling out of favour at Cagliari, Giovanni Simeone is a man reborn on loan at Hellas Verona this season.
The Spanish-born Argentine striker has rediscovered his best form under Igor Tudor. He is the third-highest goalscorer in Serie A, having scored 11 times in only 15 games and has also chipped in a few assists.
7. Erling Haaland (B. Dortmund) – 22 points
Though limited by a hip flexor injury, Erling Haaland still holds a record in the Bundesliga. Perhaps, he would have been higher up on the list if he wasn’t out between October and November.
Nevertheless, the 21-year-old continues to hammer in the goals at an alarming rate for Borussia Dortmund. If Haaland keeps this form up, he will surely become a serious threat for this award.
6. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 24 points
The Frenchman has been a bigger threat in the La Liga this season and of course a full package for Real Madrid by topping La Liga’s goal and assist charts.
Karim Benzema’s impact is impossible to ignore. Real Madrid hold an eight-point lead at the top of La Liga already, and a big part of that has been down to his efforts. A quick look at his stats says it all.
His 12 goals and 7 assists make up 51% of the club’s 37 league goals alone.
5. Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen) – 24 points
This is a typical glory-to-glory phases for the Czech Republic international who has carried over his brilliant Euro 2020 form to the Bundesliga this term.
Patrik Schick has already bettered last season’s tally of nine goals by finding the back of the net 12 times in only 11 appearances to help Bayer Leverkusen claim third in the league table.
4. Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina) – 26 points
Dusan Vlahovic is prehaps the most-talked-about striker at the moment in terms of transfer gossip and his many goals.
A peek at his stats explains why so many top European clubs are said to be interested. In only 16 games, Dusan Vlahovic has already scored 13 goals and chipped in two assists. The Serbian’s efforts have helped Fiorentina climb into the top six of the Serie A standings.
3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 26 points
While it appears Salah is not getting the much accolades he deserves, especially with his questionable seventh-place finish in the Ballon d’Or, Mohamed Salah has done his talking on the pitch instead.
The Egyptian forward leads both the Premier League goal and assists charts this season. His brilliance has placed him third in the European Golden Shoe rankings, an award he hasn’t won…yet.
2. Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 26 points
For Ciro Immobile, the Italian has gone from a below-par campaign by his high standards last term to banging in the goals at an insane rate for Lazio this term.
He has already scored 13 goals in only 14 appearances this season. With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo out of the picture for now, on top of Serie A having four more games than the Bundesliga, he has a decent chance of winning a second European Golden Shoe in three years.
1. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 32 points
The reigning European Golden Shoe titleholder is on course for a second award in sequence for as many seasons at the moment.
Despite a change in the Bayern Munich dugout, Robert Lewandowski remains as formidable as ever. The Poland international has scored a brilliant 16 goals in only 14 Bundesliga games.
Considering he scored 12 times at this stage last season and went on to bag a record 41 goals, the sky is clearly the limit for Lewandowski in 2021/22.