European Golden Shoe
The European Golden Shoe, formerly known as the European Golden Boot, is an association football award presented each season to the leading goalscorer in league matches from the top division of every European national league. 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. Originally presented by L'Équipe magazine, it has been awarded by the European Sports Media since the 1996–97 season.
Between 1968 and 1991, the award was given to the highest goalscorer in any European league. This was regardless of the toughness 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.
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. Thus, goals scored in higher ranked leagues will count for more than those scored in weaker leagues.
- 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.
- Darko Pančev got his prize for 1990–91 season later, only in 2006, 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.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the only players to have won the European Golden Shoe four times. Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to win the award four times, having won one with Manchester United and three with Real Madrid. Barcelona's Lionel Messi was the first player to win three Golden Shoes, between 2010 and 2013, winning one more in 2017 and holds the all-time record with 50 goals scored in 2011–12. Bayern Munich's Gerd Müller was the first player to win the award twice, in 1969–70 and 1971–72, among nine two-time winners. Only Ally McCoist (1991–92, 1992–93), Thierry Henry (2003–04, 2004–05), Lionel Messi (2011–12, 2012–13), and Cristiano Ronaldo (2013–14, 2014–15) won the award in consecutive years. Diego Forlán (Villarreal, Atlético Madrid), Luis Suárez (Liverpool, Barcelona), Mário Jardel (Porto, Sporting CP) and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only players to win the award with two different clubs. Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez are the only players to win the Golden Shoe in two different leagues. Lionel Messi has won all of his four awards without having to share it with another player.
|Cristiano Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo||4||2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14 (shared), 2014–15|
|Messi, LionelLionel Messi||4||2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016–17|
|Muller, GerdGerd Müller||2||1969–70, 1971–72|
|Georgescu, DuduDudu Georgescu||2||1974–75, 1976–77|
|Gomes, FernandoFernando Gomes||2||1982–83, 1984–85|
|McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist||2||1991–92, 1992–93|
|Jardel, MárioMário Jardel||2||1998–99, 2001–02|
|Henry, ThierryThierry Henry||2||2003–04, 2004–05 (shared)|
|Forlán, DiegoDiego Forlán||2||2004–05 (shared), 2008–09|
|Suarez, LuisLuis Suárez||2||2013–14 (shared), 2015–16|
Winners by team
|Deportivo La Coruña||1||1|
|Red Star Belgrade||1||1|
Winners by nationality
Winners by league
- Arotaritei, Sorin; Di Maggio, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel (29 February 2012). "Golden Boot ("Soulier d'Or") Awards". Rec. Sport. Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
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