Ten of the best soccer players on the planet are competing to be named the top goalscorer in Europe.
The coveted European Golden Shoe is an annual award presented to the leading goalscorer from the top division of every European national league.
The ranking is pretty simple – if a player competes in one of Europe’s top five leagues (Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga), they get two points for every goal scored. In the next 15 leagues, you get 1.5 points per goal, and any lower it’s 1 point per goal.
With just one month remaining in the European soccer season, we’ve rounded up the 10 players who are still hunting for this year’s award. Scroll down to see who they are.
=7. Luis Suárez, FC Barcelona (La Liga, Spain), 23 goals, 46 points.
=7. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid (La Liga, Spain), 23 goals, 46 points.
6. Mauro Icardi, Internazionale (Serie A, Italy), 24 goals, 48 points.
5. Jonas, Benfica (Primeira Liga, Portugal), 33 goals, 49.5 points.
Jonas is penalised as he does not play in a ‘big 5’ European league. His goals are only multiplied by a factor of 1.5, rather than 2.0. If he struck this many goals in a ‘big 5’ league, he’d be top of this list.
=4. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League, England), 25 goals, 50 points.
=4. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1, France), 25 goals, 50 points.
=3. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich (Bundesliga, Germany), 27 goals, 54 points.
=3. Ciro Immobile, Lazio (Serie A, Italy), 27 goals, 54 points.
2. Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona (La Liga, Spain), 29 goals, 58 points.
1. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool FC (Premier League, England), 30 goals, 60 points.
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