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MLS top scorers 2023: Denis Bouanga wins the Golden Boot race

The race for the 2023 MLS Golden Boot is up and running, as players look to earn the crown of the league’s top goal-scorer, but it will have more eyeballs unlike ever before following Lionel Messi's blockbuster mid-season arrival at once-beleaguered Inter Miami.

Nashville SC star Hany Mukhtar won the prize in 2022, with his 23-goal haul narrowly beating out competition from Sebastian Driussi and Daniel Gazdag. The 28-year-old is also the favourite to win the top prize this time around, but it's fair to say, he has some serious competition on his hands.

MLS is no stranger to some of soccer's biggest names, but none as big as Lionel Messi, one of the best soccer players in history. Scoring goals at will and making the Leagues Cup look like child’s play, he’s already proving he's going to dominate MLS, unlike anything the league has ever seen.

GOAL is on hand to monitor the exploits of Lionel Messi and his fellow prolific marksmen in the race for the top-scorer crown.

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