European Golden Shoe

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Lionel Messi's 2012–13 Golden Shoe

The European Golden Shoe or Golden Boot is an award that is presented each season to the leading goalscorer in league matches from the top division of every European national league. The trophy is a sculpture of a football boot. From its inception in the 1967–68 season, the award, originally called Soulier d'Or, which translates from French as Golden Shoe or Boot, has been given to the top goalscorer in all European leagues that season, with a weighting in favour of the highest ranked leagues. Originally presented by L'Équipe magazine, it has been awarded by the European Sports Media since the 1996–97 season.

History[edit]

Between 1968 and 1991, the award was given to the highest goalscorer in any European league. This was regardless of the strength of the league in which the top scorer played and the number of games in which the player had taken part. During this period Eusébio, Gerd Müller, Dudu Georgescu and Fernando Gomes each won the Golden Boot twice.[1]

Following a protest from the Cyprus FA, which claimed that a Cypriot player with 40 goals should have received the award (though the official top scorers for the season are both listed with 19 goals), L'Équipe issued no awards between 1991 and 1996.

Since the 1996–97 season, European Sports Media have awarded the Golden Shoe based on a points system that allows players in tougher leagues to win even if they score fewer goals than a player in a weaker league. The weightings are determined by the league's ranking on the UEFA coefficients, which in turn depend on the results of each league's clubs in European competition over the previous five seasons. Goals scored in the top five leagues according to the UEFA coefficients list are multiplied by a factor of two, goals scored in the leagues ranked six to 21 are multiplied by a factor of 1.5, and goals scored in leagues ranked 22 and below are multiplied by a factor of 1.[2] Thus, goals scored in higher ranked leagues will count for more than those scored in weaker leagues.[3] Since this change, there has only been one winner who was not playing in one of the top five leagues (Henrik Larsson, 2000–01 Scottish Premier League).

Winners[edit]

Lionel Messi has won the award a record five times and is the all-time record winner with 50 goals in 2011–12. He was also the first player to win the European Golden Shoe three times.
Gerd Müller was the first player to win the award twice, in 1970 and 1972.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to win the European Golden Shoe four times.
^ Denotes player's team won league that season
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had won the award at that time
Team (X) Denotes the number of times a player from this team had won at that time
European Golden Shoe winners
Season Nationality Player Club League Goals Points
Winners were awarded by L'Équipe
1967–68  Portugal Eusébio Benfica^ Portugal Primeira Liga 42 &
1968–69  Bulgaria Petar Zhekov CSKA Sofia^ Bulgaria Parva Liga 36 &
1969–70  West Germany Gerd Müller Bayern Munich Germany Bundesliga 38 &
1970–71  Yugoslavia Josip Skoblar Marseille^ France Ligue 1 44 &
1971–72  West Germany Gerd Müller (2) Bayern Munich^ (2) Germany Bundesliga 40 &
1972–73  Portugal Eusébio (2) Benfica^ (2) Portugal Primeira Liga 40 &
1973–74  Argentina Héctor Yazalde Sporting CP^ Portugal Primeira Liga 46 &
1974–75  Romania Dudu Georgescu Dinamo București^ Romania Liga I 33 &
1975–76  Cyprus Sotiris Kaiafas Omonia Nicosia^ Cyprus First Division 39 &
1976–77  Romania Dudu Georgescu (2) Dinamo București^ (2) Romania Liga I 47 &
1977–78  Austria Hans Krankl Rapid Wien Austria Bundesliga 41 &
1978–79  Netherlands Kees Kist AZ Netherlands Eredivisie 34 &
1979–80  Belgium Erwin Vandenbergh Lierse Belgium First Division 39 &
1980–81  Bulgaria Georgi Slavkov Botev Plovdiv Bulgaria Parva Liga 31 &
1981–82  Netherlands Wim Kieft Ajax^ Netherlands Eredivisie 32 &
1982–83  Portugal Fernando Gomes Porto Portugal Primeira Liga 36 &
1983–84  Wales Ian Rush Liverpool^ England First Division 32 &
1984–85  Portugal Fernando Gomes (2) Porto^ (2) Portugal Primeira Liga 39 &
1985–86  Netherlands Marco van Basten Ajax (2) Netherlands Eredivisie 37 &
1986–87  Austria Toni Polster[a] FK Austria Wien Austria Bundesliga 39 &
1987–88  Turkey Tanju Çolak Galatasaray^ Turkey Süper Lig 39 &
1988–89  Romania Dorin Mateuț Dinamo București (3) Romania Liga I 43 &
1989–90  Mexico Hugo Sánchez Real Madrid^ Spain La Liga 38 &
 Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov CSKA Sofia^ (2) Bulgaria A PFG
1990–91[b]  Yugoslavia Darko Pančev Red Star Belgrade^ Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia First League 34 &
Winners were initially not awarded
1991–92  Scotland Ally McCoist Rangers^ Scotland Premier Division 34 &
1992–93  Scotland Ally McCoist (2) Rangers^ (2) Scotland Premier Division 34 &
1993–94  Wales David Taylor Porthmadog Wales League of Wales 43 &
1994–95  Armenia Arsen Avetisyan Homenetmen Armenia Premier League 39 &
1995–96  Georgia Zviad Endeladze Margveti Georgia (country) Umaglesi Liga 40 &
Winners were awarded by European Sports Media
1996–97  Brazil Ronaldo Barcelona Spain La Liga 34 68
1997–98  Greece Nikos Machlas Vitesse Arnhem Netherlands Eredivisie 34 68
1998–99  Brazil Mário Jardel Porto (3) Portugal Primeira Liga 36 72
1999–2000  England Kevin Phillips Sunderland England Premier League 30 60
2000–01  Sweden Henrik Larsson Celtic^ Scotland Premier League 35 52.5
2001–02  Brazil Mário Jardel (2) Sporting CP^ (2) Portugal Primeira Liga 42 84
2002–03  Netherlands Roy Makaay Deportivo La Coruña Spain La Liga 29 58
2003–04  France Thierry Henry Arsenal^ England Premier League 30 60
2004–05  France Thierry Henry (2) Arsenal (2) England Premier League 25 50
 Uruguay Diego Forlán Villarreal Spain La Liga
2005–06  Italy Luca Toni Fiorentina Italy Serie A 31 62
2006–07  Italy Francesco Totti Roma Italy Serie A 26 52
2007–08  Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United^ England Premier League 31 62
2008–09  Uruguay Diego Forlán (2) Atlético Madrid Spain La Liga 32 64
2009–10  Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona^ (2) Spain La Liga 34 68
2010–11  Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (2) Real Madrid (2) Spain La Liga 40 80
2011–12  Argentina Lionel Messi (2) Barcelona (3) Spain La Liga 50 100
2012–13  Argentina Lionel Messi (3) Barcelona^ (4) Spain La Liga 46 92
2013–14  Uruguay Luis Suárez Liverpool (2) England Premier League 31 62
 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (3) Real Madrid (3) Spain La Liga
2014–15  Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (4) Real Madrid (4) Spain La Liga 48 96
2015–16  Uruguay Luis Suárez (2) Barcelona^ (5) Spain La Liga 40 80
2016–17  Argentina Lionel Messi (4) Barcelona (6) Spain La Liga 37 74
2017–18  Argentina Lionel Messi (5) Barcelona^ (7) Spain La Liga 34 68
Notes
  1. ^ Original 1986–87 season winner Rodion Cămătaru (with 44 goals) was disqualified later and the trophy was awarded to Polster in 1990. However, Camataru was allowed to keep his copy of the trophy.[4]
  2. ^ Darko Pančev got his prize for 1990–91 season later, only in 2006,[5] following a protest from Cyprus where a player supposedly scored 40 goals (though the official topscorers for the season, Suad Beširević and Panayiotis Xiourouppas, are listed with 19 goals each). Due to this affair, France Football decided to make the competition unofficial.[4]

Top 10 results by year[edit]

2015–16 European Golden Shoe result[edit]

[6]

Rank Player League Club Goals Points
1 Uruguay Luis Suárez Spain La Liga Barcelona 40 80
2 Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín Italy Serie A Napoli 36 72
3 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain La Liga Real Madrid 35 70
4 Brazil Jonas Portugal Primeira Liga Benfica 31 62
5 Poland Robert Lewandowski Germany Bundesliga Bayern Munich 30 60
6 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović France Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain 38 57
7 Algeria Islam Slimani Portugal Primeira Liga Sporting CP 27 54
8 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain La Liga Barcelona 26 52
9 Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Germany Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund 25 50
England Harry Kane England Premier League Tottenham Hotspur

2016–17 European Golden Shoe result[edit]

[7]

Rank Player League Club Goals Points
1 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain La Liga Barcelona 37 74
2 Netherlands Bas Dost Portugal Primeira Liga Sporting CP 34 68
3 Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Germany Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund 31 62
4 Poland Robert Lewandowski Germany Bundesliga Bayern Munich 30 60
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko Italy Serie A Roma 29 58
England Harry Kane England Premier League Tottenham Hotspur
Uruguay Luis Suárez Spain La Liga Barcelona
8 Belgium Dries Mertens Italy Serie A Napoli 28 56
9 Uruguay Edinson Cavani France Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain 35 52.5
10 Italy Andrea Belotti Italy Serie A Torino 26 52

2017–18 European Golden Shoe result[edit]

[8]

Rank Player League Club Goals Points
1 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain La Liga Barcelona 34 68
2 Egypt Mohamed Salah England Premier League Liverpool 32 64
3 England Harry Kane England Premier League Tottenham Hotspur 30 60
4 Argentina Mauro Icardi Italy Serie A Internazionale 29 58
Italy Ciro Immobile Italy Serie A Lazio
Poland Robert Lewandowski Germany Bundesliga Bayern Munich
7 Uruguay Edinson Cavani France Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain 28 56
8 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain La Liga Real Madrid 26 52
9 Brazil Jonas Portugal Primeira Liga Benfica 34 51
10 Uruguay Luis Suárez Spain La Liga Barcelona 25 50

Statistics[edit]

Multiple winners[edit]

Lionel Messi is the only player to win the award five times, all with Barcelona. Messi holds the all-time record for goals in a single season with 50 in 2011–12; it also accumulated to a record 100 points. Messi was also the youngest player to win the award for a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th time. Bayern Munich's Gerd Müller was the first player to win the award twice, in 1969–70 and 1971–72. Messi was the first player to win the award three times, Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to win the award four times, and Messi again was the first, and so far only, player to win it five times. Only Ally McCoist (1991–92, 1992–93), Thierry Henry (2003–04, 2004–05), Lionel Messi (2011–12, 2012–13 and 2016–17, 2017–18), and Cristiano Ronaldo (2013–14, 2014–15) have won the award in consecutive years. Diego Forlán (Villarreal, Atlético Madrid), Luis Suárez (Liverpool, Barcelona), Mário Jardel (Porto, Sporting CP) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid) are the only players to have won the award with two clubs.

Multiple European Golden Shoe winners
Player Birthdate No. Seasons Age making record
Argentina Lionel Messi 24 June 1987 5 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016–17, 2017–18 2, 3, 4, 5 golden shoe when 24, 26, 29, 30 years old, respectively
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 5 February 1985 4 2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14 (shared), 2014–15 2, 3, 4 golden shoe when 26, 29, 30 years old, respectively
Portugal Eusébio 25 January 1942 2 1967–68, 1972–73 31
West Germany Gerd Müller 3 November 1945 2 1969–70, 1971–72 26
Romania Dudu Georgescu 1 September 1950 2 1974–75, 1976–77 26
Portugal Fernando Gomes 22 November 1956 2 1982–83, 1984–85 28
Scotland Ally McCoist 24 September 1962 2 1991–92, 1992–93 30
Brazil Mário Jardel 18 September 1973 2 1998–99, 2001–02 28
France Thierry Henry 17 August 1977 2 2003–04, 2004–05 (shared) 28
Uruguay Diego Forlán 19 May 1979 2 2004–05 (shared), 2008–09 30
Uruguay Luis Suárez 24 January 1987 2 2013–14 (shared), 2015–16 29

Winners by club[edit]

European Golden Shoe winners by club
Team Total Players
Spain Barcelona 8 3
Spain Real Madrid 4 2
Romania Dinamo București 3 2
Portugal Porto 3 2
Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 2 2
England Liverpool 2 2
Netherlands Ajax 2 2
Portugal Sporting CP 2 2
England Arsenal 2 1
West Germany Bayern Munich 2 1
Portugal Benfica 2 1
Scotland Rangers 2 1
Armenia Homenetmen 1 1
Austria Austria Wien 1 1
Austria Rapid Wien 1 1
Belgium Lierse 1 1
Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv 1 1
Cyprus Omonia Nicosia 1 1
England Manchester United 1 1
England Sunderland 1 1
France Marseille 1 1
Georgia (country) Zestafoni 1 1
Italy Fiorentina 1 1
Italy Roma 1 1
Netherlands AZ 1 1
Netherlands Vitesse 1 1
Scotland Celtic 1 1
Spain Atlético Madrid 1 1
Spain Deportivo La Coruña 1 1
Spain Villarreal 1 1
Turkey Galatasaray 1 1
Wales Porthmadog 1 1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 1 1

Winners by nationality[edit]

European Golden Shoe winners by nationality
Nationality Total Player(s)
 Portugal 8 3
 Argentina 6 2
 Netherlands 4 4
 Uruguay 4 2
 Bulgaria 3 3
 Romania 3 2
 Brazil 3 2
 Austria 2 2
 Italy 2 2
 Wales 2 2
 Yugoslavia 2 2
 France 2 1
 West Germany 2 1
 Scotland 2 1
 Armenia 1 1
 Belgium 1 1
 Cyprus 1 1
 England 1 1
 Georgia 1 1
 Greece 1 1
 Mexico 1 1
 Sweden 1 1
 Turkey 1 1

Winners by league[edit]

European Golden Shoe winners by league
league Total Player(s)
Spain La Liga 14 7
Portugal Primeira Liga 7 4
England Premier League 5 4
Netherlands Eredivisie 4 4
Bulgaria Parva Liga 3 3
Scotland Premier Division 3 2
Romania Liga I 3 2
Italy Serie A 2 2
Austria Bundesliga 2 2
Germany Bundesliga 2 1
France Ligue 1 1 1
England First Division 1 1
Belgium Division A 1 1
Turkey Süper Lig 1 1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia First League 1 1
Wales Premier League 1 1
Armenia Premier League 1 1
Georgia (country) Umaglesi Liga 1 1
Cyprus First Division 1 1

References[edit]

General
  • Arotaritei, Sorin; Di Maggio, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel (30 November 2017). "Golden Boot ("Soulier d'Or") Awards". Rec. Sport. Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
Specific

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