EUROPEAN GOLDEN BOOT 2021/22:
BENZEMA UPS THE PRESSURE ON LEWANDOWSKI FOR EUROPEAN GOLDEN BOOT AFTER REAL MADRID DOUBLE.
The 2021/22 European Golden boot race is underway, with the continent’s most prolific goalscorers all vying to win one of football’s most prestigious individual awards.
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski saw off the challenge of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to finish at the top of the European Golden 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 has moved from Barcelona to PSG – both entered the new campaign expecting to challenge again in the standings for the most goals in Europe.
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Messi’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe and a fellow young star in Erling Haaland were also expected to be in 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 top Premier League candidates, though surprise winners have also emerged in the past.
Keep an eye on this page throughout the 2021/22 season for regular updates on the European Golden Shoe standings.
Robert Lewandowski leads the race for the European Golden boot title and still sits three goals clear of his main competition.
Seeking a second consecutive title, Lewandowski has 20 goals from 18 Bundesliga matches in 2021/22, having netted four times in his last three outings.
Bayern returned to action after the winter break against Gladbach on Friday and while they lost 2-1, it was the star striker who got their goal.
Lewandowski will be aware he has two rivals tied on 17 goals and 34 Golden boot points lurking behind him.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema – the top scorer in Spain – is a top candidate to claim glory this season and now sits in a tie for second after scoring twice in the 4-1 win over Valencia.
It was the France forward’s second double in three games, having also scored twice against Athletic just before Christmas.
Patrik Schick, who netted in Leverkusen’s 2-2 draw with Union Berlin, remains close to Lewandowski in the Bundesliga goal charts and the Golden Shoe standings.
Premier League Golden Boot leader Mohamed Salah is at the AFCON with Egypt while Dusan Vlahovic, who sits top of the Serie A scoring charts, lost ground after being scoreless as Fiorentina were thumped 4-0 by Torino on Monday.
Former Golden Shoe winner Ciro Immobile remains in contention for a second crown.
The Lazio striker has moved on to 15 goals for the 2021/22 season after scoring against Empoli and Inter in his last two outings.
There are some star players at Paris Saint-Germain this season but it is Lille’s Jonathan David who tops the Ligue 1 scoring charts on 12 goals, putting him in a tie for eighth in these standings.
What’s next for the Rest of the season?
In my opinion, Robert Lewandowski will win the European golden boot this season.
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