Golden Shoe 2018-19: Messi, Mbappe, Ronaldo & Europe's top scorers

Goal rounds up Europe's leading goal-scorers from the top leagues, ordered by the number of strikes multiplied by each league's factor

With European football at the mid-way point of the season, Goal tallies up all the top scorers across the major leagues and takes a look at who could be crowned this season's Golden Shoe winner.

Last season's European Golden Shoe winner Lionel Messi will be looking to defend his crown after netting a breathtaking 34 goals last season, which earned him his fifth prize – moving him one award clear of Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of total victories.

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    #1 Lionel Messi | Barcelona | 22 goals (44)

    The Ronaldo-Messi rivalry came to an end last summer, but the Barcelona superstar could reclaim the honour of top-scorer in Spain this season following the Portuguese international's departure to Juventus.
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    #2 Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus | 19 goals (38)

    The former Real Madrid star took his time getting rolling in Serie A but has moved up the scoring charts. His first strike against Sampdoria in December made him the highest-scoring Portuguese player in the Italian top-flight since Rui Barros.

    #3 Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 18 goals (36)

    The World Cup winner with France started the Ligue 1 in typical stellar form, and made history as he scored four goals in 13 minutes against Lyon in a 5-0 victory in early October – as well as a hat-trick in a 9-0 demolition of Guingamp in January.
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    #4 Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 17 goals (34)

    Last season's Premier League Golden Boot winner is looking to enjoy another productive campaign in the final third. The Egypt international scored his first hat-trick of the campaign in a 4-0 rout over Bournemouth in early December.

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    #5 Krzysztof Piatek | Genoa/AC Milan | 17 goals (34)

    Piatek is the unlikely challenger to Ronaldo in the race to be Serie A's top scorer following his scintillating form for Genoa, becoming the first player since Gabriel Batistuta to score in each of the first seven games of an Italian top-flight season.

    He moved to AC Milan in January and got off the mark for his new side immediately.

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    #6 Edinson Cavani | PSG | 17 goals (34)

    Uruguay international Edinson Cavani is approaching the closing stages of his career, but he continues to hit the back of the net with impressive regularity. Along with Mbappe and Neymar, he is part of a potent strikeforce at PSG.
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    #7 Sergio Aguero | Manchester City | 17 goals (34)

    Manchester City's all-time top-scorer is in fine form for the Premier League champions once again. The Argentine equalled Alan Shearer's record for most hat-tricks scored in the Premier League (11) when he netted thrice against Chelsea in February.
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    #8 Fabio Quagliarella | Sampdoria | 16 goals (32)

    The veteran Italy international is showing no sign of slowing down, with his eye for the spectacular very much alive. With his 11th consecutive strike against Udinese, he equalled the Serie A record established in 1994-95 by Gabriel Batistuta.
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    #9 Nicolas Pepe | Lille | 16 goals (32)

    The 23-year-old's clinical goal-scoring nature has attracted the attention of Arsenal, and is a key figure in Lille's attacking force.
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    #10 Duvan Zapata | Atalanta | 16 goals (32)

    The Colombia international netted a hat-trick against Udinese to get his season properly going and has not looked back since.
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    #11 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Arsenal | 15 goals (30)

    Gabon international Aubameyang has been in fine goalscoring form, helping Unai Emery make an encouraging start to life as Arsene Wenger's successor at Arsenal.

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    #12 Luis Suarez | Barcelona | 15 goals (30)

    The Uruguyan striker proved to be the man to step up for Barcelona in the absence of Lionel Messi in their Clasico clash with Real Madrid, with his hat-trick against the Blancos seeing him become the first man other than his Argentine colleague to record a treble in such meetings since Romario in 1994. He won the Golden Shoe in 2014 and 2016, so is chasing his third award.

    #13 Luuk de Jong | PSV | 20 goals (30)

    De Jong has been unstoppable in the Eredivisie, forming a potent strikeforce alongside Hirving 'Chucky' Lozano.
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    #14 Harry Kane | Tottenham | 14 goals (28)

    A habitual contender for the Premier League's Golden Boot award, Kane has made another strong start to the season and looks set to challenge again for the top scorer award in 2018-19.
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    #15 Luka Jovic | Frankfurt | 14 goals (28)

    The Serb scored five times against Dusseldorf on October 19, becoming the youngest player in Bundesliga history to do so, rocketing himself up the scoring charts in Germany.
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    #16 Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 13 goals (26)

    The Poland international had a frustrating end to the 2017-18 season but looks to be finding his best form heading into the early months of 2019.

    #17 Neymar | PSG | 13 goals (26)

    The Brazilian left Barcelona with the intention of escaping Messi's shadow but had his debut season in Paris scuppered by a foot injury. This season, however, he has started in impressive fashion once again under new boss Thomas Tuchel. Despite ongoing injury issues, Neymar has managed to reach double figures in Ligue 1 this term.
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    #18 Marco Reus | Borussia Dortmund | 13 goals (26)

    The Germany international winger has battled many injury problems over the years but started this season in good shape and form for high-flying Dortmund.
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    #19 Paco Alcacer | Borussia Dortmund | 12 goals (24)

    Alcacer scored a free-kick in the sixth minute of stoppage time during Borussia Dortmund's crazy 4-3 win over FC Augsburg in early October, a game in which he also netted a hat-trick. The former Barcelona forward is flourishing in the Bundesliga.
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    #20 Cristhian Stuani | Girona | 12 goals (24)

    Stuani scored both of Girona's goals as they held Barcelona to a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou early on in the season, handing the defending Liga champions their first draw of the campaign. He has continued to act as a formidable force in front of goal for his side.
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    #21 Florian Thauvin | Marseille | 12 goals (24)

    French left-winger Thauvin's impressive form for Marseille this season has earned him the interest of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, and he will be eager to carry his performances through to the end of the campaign.
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    #22 Eden Hazard | Chelsea | 12 goals (24)

    The Belgian was linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer following an impressive World Cup campaign but has opted to remain at Stamford Bridge for the time being, where he has broken double figures once more.
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    #23 Emiliano Sala | Nantes | 12 goals (24)

    The Argentine scored 12 goals for Nantes in Ligue 1 prior to his tragic death following an aircraft incident after signing for Cardiff City in January.
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    #24 Arkadiusz Milik | Napoli | 12 goals (24)

    The 24-year-old has been in fine scoring form for Napoli this season as they continue to put pressure on at the top of the Serie A table.
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    #25 Sadio Mane | Liverpool | 12 goals (24)

    The Senegal international might not yet have hit top form, but he continues to be thorn in the side of the Reds' opposition.
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    #26 Raheem Sterling | Manchester City | 12 goals (24)

    The English winger is part of Pep Guardiola's free-scoring side and netted his 50th goal for the club in all competitions in a 6-1 win over Southampton. 
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    #27 Yussuf Poulsen | RB Leipzig | 12 goals (24)

    The Denmark international has formed a formidable partnership with Timo Werner for the Bundesliga high-flyers.
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    #28 Antoine Griezmann | Atletico Madrid | 12 goals (24)

    It may have been a somewhat slow start to the La Liga campaign for the World Cup winner, but Griezmann is making up for lost time with a recent spell of excellent form for Atletico. 
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    #29 Wahbi Khazri | Saint-Etienne | 12 goals (24)

    The Tunisian attacker has found a new lease on life in France, with this campaign already the best goalscoring season of his career.
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    #30 Timo Werner | RB Leipzig | 11 goals (22)

    Having recorded 21 goals across all competitions in each of the last two seasons, the Germany international frontman is chasing down that tally once more.
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    #31 Sebastien Haller | Frankfurt | 11 goals (22)

    The 24-year-old Frenchman is enjoying another productive season in front of goal and has hit double figures for the first time in the Bundesliga.
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    #32 Paul Pogba | Manchester United | 11 goals (22)

    After struggling for form under Jose Mourinho, the World Cup winner has discovered new-found purpose under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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    #33 Ciro Immobile | Lazio | 11 goals (22)

    Lazio's star man is one again finding the net with regularity and is one to watch in Serie A. 
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    #34 Wissam Ben Yedder | Sevilla | 11 goals (22)

    Ben Yedder has been instrumental in Sevilla's climb into La Liga's top four this season.
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    #35 Francesco Caputo | Empoli | 11 goals (22)

    Despite Empoli's struggles, Caputo has been in fine form, finding the net against Juventus, Napoli and AC Milan among others.
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    #36 Heung-Min Son | Tottenham | 11 goals (22)

    Despite missing the opening weeks of the season and some of January, the South Korea international has been a deadly goalscoring presence when available.
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    #37 Junior Moraes | Shakhtar Donetsk | 14 goals (21)

    Shakhtar have made a scintillating start to the new league season, with the Brazilian's plentiful goals key to their efforts.
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    #38 Dyego Sousa | Sporting Braga | 14 goals (21)

    The Brazilian is on his way to contend for the honour of top-scorer of the Primeira Liga, having reached double figures before the turn of the year.

    #39 Iago Aspas | Celta Vigo | 10 goals (20)

    The Spain international started the season well enough, but a hat-trick against Eibar shot him up the charts. 
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    #40 Alassane Plea | Borussia Monchengladbach | 10 goals (20)

    Former Nice forward Plea scored a hat-trick against Werder Bremen in early November and is now into double figures for the season.
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    #41 Callum Wilson | Bournemouth | 10 goals (20)

    Wilson is enjoying his most productive Premier League season yet, with his form for the Cherries earning him a first England cap against the USA in November. Now into double figures, the striker has been linked with the likes of Chelsea.
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    #42 Richarlison | Everton | 10 goals (20)

    The Brazilian has justified Everton's huge investment in the off-season, having already surpassed his league goal total with Watford last campaign - continuing his prolific form in front of goal under manager Marco Silva.
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    #43 Glenn Murray | Brighton | 10 goals (20)

    The 35-year-old has defied expectations this season and, after finding the net against the likes of Manchester United, West Ham and Leicester City, will be hoping to reach double figures for the second Premier League campaign in succession.
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    #44 Aleksandar Mitrovic | Fulham | 10 goals (20)

    Serbia international Mitrovic has been enjoying life at Fulham and Claudio Ranieri's side are relying heavily on his goals to extricate them from the drop zone.

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    #45 Alfred Finnbogason | Augsburg | 10 goals (20)

    Finnbogason has been clinical in front of goal for the Bundesliga side and is the club's first-choice penalty-taker, and netted a hat-trick from the spot in an early February fixture against Mainz.
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    #46 Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 10 goals (20)

    The Frenchman is Real Madrid's top scorer as they continue to adjust to life without Cristiano Ronaldo.
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    #47 Ondrej Duda | Hertha Berlin | 10 goals (20)

    The Slovakia international has been Hertha's main goal threat in the Bundesliga despite playing in a withdrawn role behind the frontman.
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    #48 Alexandre Lacazette | Arsenal | 10 goals (20)

    The former Lyon forward has had to play second fiddle to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at times, but he has still found the net with some regularity.
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    #49 Jose Luis Morales | Levante | 10 goals (20)

    The Spaniard has been in form for the Liga side this season, netting double figures in the league against Celta Vigo with a brace in mid-February.
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    #50 Borja Iglesias | Espanyol | 10 goals (20)

    Iglesias struck in three games in a row during the early weeks of the season but his form has dropped as Espanyol have themselves struggled.
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    #51 Charles | Eibar | 10 goals (20)

    The Brazil forward has been in clinical in front of goal for Eibar this season and is in line to finish the season as the club's top-scorer.
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    #52 Hirving Lozano | PSV | 13 goals (19.5)

    Mexico's World Cup hero has picked up right where he left off in Russia with more eye-catching displays in Eredivisie.
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    #53 Fran Sol | Willem II | 13 goals (19.5)

    Fran Sol will be contending to finish the season as Eredivisie top-scorer, challenging Luuk de Jong for the title.
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    #54 Dusan Tadic | Ajax | 13 goals (19.5)

    The former Southampton wideman has been in superb form for the Eredivisie giants since his summer arrival in the Netherlands.
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    #55 Haris Seferovic | Benfica | 13 goals (19.5)

    The Swiss international has been in bright scoring form for Benfica this season and netted a brace against Boavista in late January to emerge as a front-runner as top-scorer in the Portuguese  Primeira Liga.
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    #56 Abdenasser El Khayati | ADO Den Haag | 12 goals (18)

    Though his team is middle of the pack, the 29-year-old banged in the goals early in the season. 
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    #57 Hakim Ziyech | Ajax | 12 goals (18)

    The Morocco international continues to tear up Eredivisie and leads the way for the legendary Dutch outfit.
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    #58 Bas Dost | Sporting CP | 12 goals (18)

    The Dutch striker continues to find the net with regularity in the Portuguese capital as he enjoys a renaissance in his career.
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    #59 Mauro Icardi | Inter | 9 goals (18)

    The Argentine is off to a strong start with his Inter side looking to keep pace with Juventus in the Serie A table. 
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    #60 Roger Marti | Levante | 9 goals (18)

    Signed a new contract over the summer and his goal haul this term includes a memorable match-winning penalty against Real Madrid.
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    #61 Thorgan Hazard | Borussia Monchengladbach | 9 goals (18)

    Eden's younger brother is off to a fine start in the Bundesliga and is keeping pace with his sibling as he approaches double figures in the scoring charts.
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    #62 Maxi Gomez | Celta Vigo | 9 goals (18)

    Uruguayan forward Gomez continues to form a formidable strike partnership with Iago Aspas at Celta Vigo, chipping in with his fair share of goals.
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    #63 Andre Silva | Sevilla | 9 goals (18)

    Silva joined Sevilla on a €3m loan deal last summer from AC Milan and the Portugal forward has been in fine form since the beginning of the campaign – netting against Real Madrid.
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    #64 Gylfi Sigurdsson | Everton | 9 goals (18)

    The Iceland international has rediscovered his scoring touch after a difficult first season at Goodison Park.
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    #65 Roberto Firmino | Liverpool | 9 goals (18)

    The Brazil international had a slow start to the season, but after a hat-trick against Arsenal he looks back in the groove.
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    #66 Raul de Tomas | Rayo Vallecano | 9 goals (18)

    The Real Madrid loanee netted a hat-trick against Celta Vigo in January to move himself up the scoring charts in La Liga.
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    #67 Jonathan Bamba | Lille | 9 goals (18)

    Bamba's form for Lille has made them a title challenger to perennial giants PSG, and he scored in a crucial fixture against rivals Marseille early on in the campaign.
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    #68 Andrej Kramaric | Hoffenheim | 9 goals (18)

    The Croatia forward has had an impressive season for the Bundesliga side so far and completed a memorable brace against Freiburg in a 4-2 win in January.
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    #69 Marcus Rashford | Manchester United | 9 goals (18)

    The England international has been in superb form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since the Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho.
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    #70 Raul Jimenez | Wolves | 9 goals (18)

    The Mexico international has been in prolific form for the Molineux side so far this season as they have exceeded expectations in the Premier League for a newly-promoted side.
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    #71 Jorge Molina | Getafe | 9 goals (18)

    At 36, Molina shows no sign of slowing down, as the former Real Betis striker is still getting the job done for Los Azulones. 
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    #72 Anthony Martial | Manchester United | 9 goals (18)

    It has been a bounce-back season for the France international, who has reestablished himself as a key player at Old Trafford a year after he fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho. 
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    #73 Radamel Falcao | Monaco | 9 goals (18)

    The former Manchester United and Chelsea forward will have to be at his best if the principality side are to avoid relegation in Ligue 1.
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    #74 Gaetan Laborde | Montpellier | 9 goals (18)

    Montpellier's 24-year-old forward has been in fine form, helping his side push for a Europa League spot.
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    #75 Max Gradel | Toulouse | 9 goals (18)

    Former Bournemouth forward Gradel has thrived since returning to Ligue 1 and is closing in on double figures for the season.
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    #76 Pablo Sarabia | Sevilla | 9 goals (18)

    The attacking midfielder has contributed his fair share of goals to boost Sevilla's hopes of a top four finish in La Liga.
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    #77 Andy Delort | Montpellier | 9 goals (18)

    Delort has been an important player in Montpellier's strike force this season as the Ligue 1 side aims to clinch a top-four finish.
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    #78 Wout Weghorst | Wolfsburg | 9 goals (18)

    Weghorst has been a prolific striker for the Bundesliga outfit this season as his side attempt to clinch a top-four spot.
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    #79 Willian Jose | Real Sociedad | 9 goals (18)

    The Brazilian forward has been dangerous in front of goal for the La Liga outfit and is a strong contender to finish the season as his club's top-scorer.