Golden Shoe 2019-20: Messi, Ronaldo & Europe's top scorers

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The race for the prize coveted by goalscorers across Europe, ordered by the number of strikes multiplied by each league's factor

Barcelona star Lionel Messi scooped his sixth European Golden Shoe   award last season and the talismanic forward is out to retain the accolade in 2019-20 - though the coronavirus pandemic is a complication.

Messi held off competition from some of the continent's best goalscorers to pick up the prize  for the third year in a row, leaving the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Fabio Quagliarella and Mohamed Salah trailing in his wake.

Cristiano Ronaldo was uncharacteristically off the pace in his first season with Juventus and will no doubt be eager to restore order with an improved haul this term.

With the race well and truly under way, Goal tallies up all the top goalscorers from across Europe's top leagues in 2019-20...

  1. Ciro Immobile | Lazio | 36 goals (72)
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    #1 Ciro Immobile | Lazio | 36 goals (72)

    Italy international Ciro Immobile has been one of the most consistent goalscorers in Serie A in recent years and hit the ground running in 2019-20.

    He was the top scorer in Italy in the 2013-14 and 2017-18 seasons, but the European Golden Shoe eluded him on those occasions, something he'll hope to redress this term.

  2. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 34 goals (68)
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    #2 Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 34 goals (68)

    Robert Lewandowski has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in the world over the past decade and has surpassed his tally of 22 from last season.

    The Poland international appears to have stepped his performances up a gear in 2019-20 and, if he can remain injury free, he will be confident of mounting a serious challenge for the Golden Shoe.

  3. Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus | 31 goals (62)
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    #3 Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus | 31 goals (62)

    The four-time Golden Shoe winner did not start the season in his usual electric form but is again proving a thorn in Serie A defences.
  4. Timo Werner | RB Leipzig | 28 goals (56)
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    #4 Timo Werner | RB Leipzig | 28 goals (56)

    Timo Werner hit a career high of 21 Bundesliga goals in 2016-17, but failed to emulate that form in the subsequent campaigns. However, he looks to have improved in 2019-20.

  5. Lionel Messi | Barcelona | 25 goals (50)
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    #5 Lionel Messi | Barcelona | 25 goals (50)

    Six-time Golden Shoe winner and current trophy-holder Lionel Messi is naturally among the contenders for the 2019-20 title.

    The Barcelona star finished last season with 36 goals to secure his third consecutive Golden Shoe on the way to domestic glory.

  6. Erling Haaland | Red Bull Salzburg/Borussia Dortmund | 29 goals (50)
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    #6 Erling Haaland | Red Bull Salzburg/Borussia Dortmund | 29 goals (50)

    Towering teenage striker Erling Haaland has already turned heads across Europe with his impressive showings for RB Salzburg  – scoring 16 times in the Austrian Bundesliga – which earned him a move to Dortmund in January.

    He got his start in the German Bundesliga in the most memorable of fashions, scoring a hat-trick during his debut as a substitute.

    NOTE: Haaland's goals for Salzburg count for 1.5 points per goal. Goals for Dortmund count for two points per goal.

  7. Romelu Lukaku | Inter | 23 goals (46)
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    #7 Romelu Lukaku | Inter | 23 goals (46)

    Romelu Lukaku is an accomplished goalscorer entering his prime, but there is a sense that he has to prove himself once again after struggling at Manchester United.

    However, he has taken up the challenge commendably and is thriving with the service he is receiving from his team-mates at Inter.

  8. Jamie Vardy | Leicester City | 23 goals (46)
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    #8 Jamie Vardy | Leicester City | 23 goals (46)

    Leicester City have experienced an upturn in fortunes since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers and one of the main beneficiaries appears to be Jamie Vardy.

    The England international looks to have revived his former self and is showing the kind of instinct in front of goal that saw him fire the Foxes to Premier League glory in 2015-16.

  9. Shon Weissman | Wolfsberger | 30 goals (45)
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    #9 Shon Weissman | Wolfsberger | 30 goals (45)

    Israel international Shon Weissman joined Wolfsberger from Maccabi Haifi ahead of the 2019-20 season and, with Erling Haaland gone, is the clear top scorer in the Austrian Bundesliga this season.
  10. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Arsenal | 22 goals (44)
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    #10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Arsenal | 22 goals (44)

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shared the Premier League Golden Boot in 2018-19 after finding the net 22 times and he is out to better that haul this season.

    The Gabon international is the Gunners' go-to man for goals and he was recently rewarded with the captain's armband.

  11. Danny Ings | Southampton | 22 goals (44)
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    #11 Danny Ings | Southampton | 22 goals (44)

    The former Liverpool striker has flourished since leaving Anfield for Southampton, and has already set a personal single-season record for Premier League goals in 2019-20.
  12. Jean-Pierre Nsame | Young Boys | 29 goals (43.5)
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    #12 Jean-Pierre Nsame | Young Boys | 29 goals (43.5)

    Jean-Pierre Nsame has been a regular high scorer in the Swiss Super League and is running away with the Golden Boot award in Switzerland after a hugely impressive 2019-20 campaign.

     

  13. Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 21 goals (42)
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    #13 Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 21 goals (42)

    Having struggled for form over the course of recent years, Karim Benzema has rediscovered his striker's instinct and is back to his devastatingly clinical self.
  14. Francesco Caputo | Sassuolo | 21 goals (42)
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    #14 Francesco Caputo | Sassuolo | 21 goals (42)

    After netting 16 goals for Empoli in 2018-19, Caputo has continued his fine form in front of goal with his new club.
  15. Raheem Sterling | Manchester City | 20 goals (40)
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    #15 Raheem Sterling | Manchester City | 20 goals (40)

    The England attacker was initially a hit and miss in front of goal this season but has fired freely in the second half of the campaign. 
  16. Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 19 goals (38)
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    #16 Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 19 goals (38)

    The Liverpool forward was one of the stars of the 2018-19 season, scoring an impressive 22 Premier League goals to share the Golden Boot award.
  17. Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 18 goals (36)
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    #17 Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 18 goals (36)

    The France international finished second behind Messi in last season's list and is hitting his stride again after an injury-hit start to the campaign.
  18. Sadio Mane | Liverpool | 18 goals (36)
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    #18 Sadio Mane | Liverpool | 18 goals (36)

    The Senegal forward has been having an impressive season for the Reds once again as his side continue their status as Premier League frontrunners.
  19. Harry Kane | Tottenham | 18 goals (36)
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    #19 Harry Kane | Tottenham | 18 goals (36)

    Despite an injury-hit season for the Spurs striker, he has still been in fine form in front of goal when he has been able to take to the pitch.
  20. Wissam Ben Yedder | Monaco | 18 goals (36)
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    #20 Wissam Ben Yedder | Monaco | 18 goals (36)

    After three goal-laden seasons in Spain with Sevilla, Wissam Ben Yedder has returned to Ligue 1 after joining Monaco and he appears to be relishing the challenge.
  21. Luis Muriel | Atalanta | 18 goals (36)

    #21 Luis Muriel | Atalanta | 18 goals (36)

    Former Sevilla attacker Luis Muriel spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina and he made enough of an impact in that spell to convince Atalanta to fork out.

    The Colombia international has already repaid the Nerazzurri well and fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that he can carry the form through until the end of the campaign.

  22. Duvan Zapata | Atalanta | 18 goals (36)
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    #22 Duvan Zapata | Atalanta | 18 goals (36)

    After an injury-hit first half of the season, Colombia international Zapata has picked up where he left off last season as he looks to spearhead Atalanta towards a top-four finish in Serie A.
  23. Gerard Moreno | Villarreal | 18 goals (36)
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    #23 Gerard Moreno | Villarreal | 18 goals (36)

    The Spain striker has been a key figure in Villarreal pushing for a Champions League spot
  24. Joao Pedro | Cagliari | 18 goals (36)

    #24 Joao Pedro | Cagliari | 18 goals (36)

    Cagliari hit the ground running in Serie A in 2019-20 and one of their key man has been Brazilian forward Joao Pedro.
  25. Alexander Sorloth | Trabzonspor | 24 goals (36)
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    #25 Alexander Sorloth | Trabzonspor | 24 goals (36)

    After a difficult spell at Crystal Palace, the Norway striker has thrived while on loan in Turkey.
  26. Patson Daka | Red Bull Salzburg | 24 goals (36)
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    #26 Patson Daka | Red Bull Salzburg | 24 goals (36)

    Zambia international Daka was in the shadow of Erling Haaland for the first half of the season, but has been in superb form since the winter break in Austria and looks set to be the next great goalscorer to emerge from Salzburg.
  27. Christian Gytkjaer | Lech Poznan | 24 goals (36)
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    #27 Christian Gytkjaer | Lech Poznan | 24 goals (36)

    Denmark international forward Christian Gytkjaer has been a goalscoring sensation with Lech Poznan ever since joining them in 2017.

    The 30-year-old is up to double figures for the third season in a row now and is currently enjoying the best scoring campaign of his entire career.

  28. Marcus Rashford | Manchester United | 17 goals (34)
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    #28 Marcus Rashford | Manchester United | 17 goals (34)

    The departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter left a gaping hole in the Manchester United attack and Marcus Rashford was expected to step into the role of Red Devils goalscorer.

    Rashford has not quite managed to reach the prolific heights of his England compatriot Harry Kane, for example, but he continues to find the net with regularity.

  29. Jadon Sancho | Borussia Dortmund | 17 goals (34)
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    #29 Jadon Sancho | Borussia Dortmund | 17 goals (34)

    Sancho has impressed once again for Dortmund, with the England international showing he can do more than just create goals for others.
  30. Anthony Martial | Manchester United | 17 goals (34)
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    #30 Anthony Martial | Manchester United | 17 goals (34)

    The France attacker has been in particularly good form for the Red Devils since the start of February as they step up the race for a top four finish.
  31. Raul Jimenez | Wolves | 17 goals (34)
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    #31 Raul Jimenez | Wolves | 17 goals (34)

    The Mexico international has enjoyed a stellar season at Molineux, leading the line brilliantly for Nuno Espirito Santo's men
  32. Papiss Cisse | Alanyaspor | 22 goals (33)
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    #32 Papiss Cisse | Alanyaspor | 22 goals (33)

    Former Newcastle striker Cisse has been in fine form in the Turkish Super Lig this season as Alanyaspor battle for surprise European spot for next season.
  33. Luis Suarez | Barcelona | 16 goals (32)
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    #33 Luis Suarez | Barcelona | 16 goals (32)

    The Uruguayan has missed a fair bit of the season due to injury but is still proving he can perform at the highest level as he enters the twilight of his career.
  34. Sergio Aguero | Manchester City | 16 goals (32)
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    #34 Sergio Aguero | Manchester City | 16 goals (32)

    Manchester City's all-time record goalscorer has shown little sign of slowing down in front of goal and is on course to challenge for the Premier League Golden Boot award.

    Despite regularly topping City's scoring charts, the Argentina international has never managed to clinch the European Golden Shoe. Could 2019-20 be his season?

  35. Edin Dzeko | Roma | 16 goals (32)
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    #35 Edin Dzeko | Roma | 16 goals (32)

    Dzeko is enjoying another fruitful season in front of goal for Paulo Fonseca's side as they aim to qualify for the Champions League.
  36. Moussa Dembele | Lyon | 16 goals (32)
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    #36 Moussa Dembele | Lyon | 16 goals (32)

    Moussa Dembele has thrived since making the decision to leave Celtic and join Lyon, becoming one of the best strikers in Ligue 1.
  37. Andrea Belotti | Torino | 16 goals (32)
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    #37 Andrea Belotti | Torino | 16 goals (32)

    Italy international Belotti continues to spearhead Torino's attack and provide the goals which maintain their mid-table berth in Serie A.
  38. Wout Weghorst | Wolfsburg | 16 goals (32)
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    #38 Wout Weghorst | Wolfsburg | 16 goals (32)

    Giant striker Wout Weghorst has been a key attacking presence for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga and is into double figures for the season.
  39. Erik Sorga | Flora | 31 goals (31)
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    #39 Erik Sorga | Flora | 31 goals (31)

    Erik Sorga's goals actually related to the 2019 campaign in Estonia's top division, which is now finished, with his performances earning him a move to D.C United in the MLS.
  40. Tammy Abraham | Chelsea | 15 goals (30)
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    #40 Tammy Abraham | Chelsea | 15 goals (30)

    Tammy Abraham has thrust himself to the top of the pecking order at Chelsea under Frank Lampard and the England international has already reached double figures in the Premier League.

    Abraham surpassed the 20-goal mark twice previously in the Championship and will be eager to do it for the first time in the Premier League this season.

  41. Josip Ilicic | Atalanta | 15 goals (30)
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    #41 Josip Ilicic | Atalanta | 15 goals (30)

    Slovenia international Josip Ilicic has showcased his credentials as a goalscoring midfielder in Serie A over a number of seasons and continues to shine for Atalanta.
  42. Raul Garcia | Athletic Club | 15 goals (30)
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    #42 Raul Garcia | Athletic Club | 15 goals (30)

    The veteran midfielder is enjoying a fine season in front of goal for Athletic Club and has been in particularly good form during 2020.
  43. Rouwen Hennings | Fortuna Dusseldorf | 15 goals (30)
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    #43 Rouwen Hennings | Fortuna Dusseldorf | 15 goals (30)

    Former Germany Under-21 international Rouwen Hennings passed his tally for the entire Bundesliga season last season in less than half the number of games and will be determined to continue his exploits for Fortuna Dusseldorf.