European Golden Shoe 2021/22 ranking

The European Golden Boot 2021/22 competition came to a close after a season in which the continent’s most prolific scorers were all vying to win one of football’s most prestigious individual awards.

Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski won the match from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to top the European Golden Boot standings last season.

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

Manchester United star Ronaldo and Messi – who moved from Barcelona to PSG – have both entered the new campaign hoping to challenge again in the standings for the most goals in Europe.

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PSG’s Messi teammate Kylian Mbappe and a young star in Erling Haaland were also expected to be in the mix to reach the top of the Golden Boot standings and take the crown from Lewandowski.

Along with Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah started the season as top Premier League candidates, although surprise winners have emerged in the past.

This page has been updated throughout the 2021/22 season with regular updates on the European Golden Shoe standings and the final result can now be viewed below.

EUROPEAN RANKING OF THE GOLDEN SHOE 2021/22

Robert Lewandowski took two European Golden Boot titles after another spectacular season.

The Bayern striker scored in his team’s last game of the Bundesliga season against Wolfsburg on 14 May, with his future at the club looking uncertain amid transfer speculation.

Lewandowski then finished the league season with 35 goals to his name out of 34 appearances, a total that saw him score the most goals in Europe for the 2021/22 season.

As the Bundesliga season is shorter than the other major European divisions, Lewandowski finished before many of his rivals had completed their campaigns in the top flight, but a huge advantage meant that his win was never put in. doubt.

Lewandowski has once again secured the glory of the European Golden Boot even though he was slightly below his all-time 41 goals last season.

He led the Golden Boot race for most of the season, but while he was stable at the top, the group of pursuers behind him rotated regularly, all the way to our final standings.

PSG sensation Kylian Mbappé, Ligue 1’s top scorer, ultimately took second place with 28 goals and 56 Golden Boot points.

It has been an extraordinary year for the World Cup winner, who also had 18 assists in the top flight to equal Thomas Muller for the best creative total in the top five European championships.

A hat-trick when PSG beat Metz 5-0 on the final matchday of the Ligue 1 season saw Mbappe override Karim Benzema and Ciro Immobile to finish as the best of the rest behind Lewandowski.

It was the second-best overall goal of his career, behind only 33 scored in 2018/19, and the striker looks like a likely Golden Boot winner in the future.

Benzema (27 goals) recorded the best league scoring season he has had in 13 seasons with Real Madrid, impressively beating 24 goals scored in 2015/16.

The French striker recorded the highest total in the Primera Division and was one of Lewandowski’s most important challengers in this ranking for much of what has been a sublime campaign.

Benzema may have taken second place over Mbappé had he not carefully managed his schedule from Carlo Ancelotti in the last weeks of the season after the national title was secured, with a Champions League final against Liverpool in mind.

The Lazio Immobile striker, former winner of this award, has scored 27 league goals this season and reached the top of the Serie A standings.

He has scored 20 Serie A goals in five of his six seasons with Lazio and remains a prolific forward who consistently participates in the Golden Boot race.

Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder challenged Mbappe in Ligue 1 for most of the season and finished with 25 goals for an impressive fifth place finish in the Golden Boot, reinforced by a hat-trick against Brest in the penultimate game of the season.

Ohi Omoijuanfo, who played for Molde and Red Star Belgrade during the campaign, finished sixth and was the best finish outside the five European leagues.

Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick and Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic reached the equalizer with 24 goals. Both of these players have been fast starters this season, which has made them a fixture of the league table.

Rounding out the top 10 were the two payers who ultimately finished level in the Premier League Golden Boot match with 23 goals. They were Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who was the leader for most of the campaign in England, and his Tottenham rival Son Heung-min.

Strikes on the final day of the EPL season for that pair meant outgoing Dortmund star Erling Haaland, who will join them in England with Man City next season, finished 11th after racking up 22 goals despite an injured season. .

Thus Lewandowski once again came to the top of the prestigious Golden Boot rankings and major league seasons across Europe have now come to an end.

Lewandowski becomes the 10th player to win the Golden Boot twice, a total surpassed only by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have not been able to compete this season.

After not producing a winner since 1972, the Bundesliga is now in the lead for two consecutive seasons and the ground is set for another intriguing battle in 2022/23.

European Golden Boot 2021/22

Who are the previous winners of the European Golden Boot?

Lionel Messi has won the most European Golden Boot titles.

The PSG forward has triumphed on six occasions, the most recent in 2018/19 with Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo is his closest challenger with four career wins, even though the Man Utd striker hasn’t been in the lead since 2014/15, when he was at Real Madrid.

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

Messi also holds the record for the most goals and points in a season. He scored a remarkable 50 goals in 2011/12, earning 100 points.

Ronaldo came closest to overcoming him, scoring 48 goals for 96 points when he last won the crown more than six years ago.

Argentine forward Messi is the only player in the history of the European Golden Boot to win the title for three consecutive years, from 2016/17 to 2018/19.

Ronaldo, however, is one of only four players to have won the title with different teams. 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, the best result in six seasons.

This came after Ciro Immobile won the 2019/20 Europeans Golden Boot, scoring 36 goals for Lazio in an extraordinary Serie A season.

It was his first title, with the striker becoming the first Serie A player to score the most goals in Europe since Francesco Totti triumphed with Lazio rival Roma in 2006/07.

Ligue 1 hasn’t produced a winner since Josip Skoblar in 1971, a statistic like Messi and Mbappe are hoping to change soon.

What are the rules and weightings of the European Golden Boot?

Only league goals are eligible for the European Golden Boot, with each strike earning points in a weighted system according to 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 receive two points for every goal scored in these competitions.

For the leagues ranked from sixth to 21 in the Uefa coefficient ranking – which includes the highest of Portugal, the Netherlands and Russia – goals scored are assigned a weighting of 1.5 and goals scored in a league outside the top 21 are assigned a weighting of 1.

This has not always been the case with the European Golden Boot. From 1968 to 1991, the award simply went to the continent’s top scorer, regardless of the league’s strength.

The prizes were not initially awarded between 1991 and 1996, when the new system came into effect. Since then, only two players who played outside the five highest-scoring leagues at the time have ever won the Golden Boot: Henrik Larsson (2000/01) and Mario Jardel (2001/02) .

The Golden Boot has been tied in the past, most recently when Suarez and Ronaldo shared the honor in 2013/14. Going forward, however, the prize will be awarded to the player who has played the fewest minutes if two of them finish with the same number of points.

This page covers the European Golden Boot competition 2021/22.

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