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Golden Shoe 2021-22: Lewandowski, Salah & Europe's top scorers

13:00 EAT 18/01/2022
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From Robert Lewandowski to Erling Haaland and Karim Benzema, GOAL rounds up Europe's top scorers in the 2021-22 season

The race for the 2021-22 Golden Shoe is heating up, as star strikers from across Europe battle it out to earn the honour of being the continent's top scorer.

Last season's winner was none other than Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski who scored a monumental 41 goals – can he do the same this year?

The Polish striker will have to fend off competition from the likes of Mohamed Salah and Erling Haaland, while the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will be keen to have a say too.

GOAL tallies up all the top goalscorers from across Europe's top leagues in 2021-22.

*Note: list includes only top scorers from Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

  • Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich, Champions League 2020-21

    #1 Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 23 goals (46)

    Robert Lewandowski seems to go from strength to strength at Bayern Munich and, even at the age of 33, is showing no signs of slowing down. The striker is the defending holder of the European Golden Shoe and could very well win it two years in a row. He hit the ground running during the start of the 2021-22 Bundesliga campaign, but will face stiff competition from Erling Haaland of Dortmund.

  • Patrik-Schick

    #2 Patrik Schick | Bayer Leverkusen | 18 goals (36)

    Patrik Schick finished the 2020-21 Bundesliga season having scored nine goals, and is set to far surpass that this year. Schick is Bayer Leverkusen's main man up front, and part of the squad hoping to clinch a Champions League spot this year.
  • Karim Benzema, Real Madrid 2021-22

    #3 Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 17 goals (34)

    This season has been one for the marked resurgence of Karim Benzema, with the Real Madrid veteran still proving an enormous asset to his team. After a productive summer with France during Euro 2020, Benzema has continued his form for Los Blancos, scoring a hat-trick against Celta Vigo.

  • Vlahovic Fiorentina

    #4 Dusan Vlahovic | Fiorentina | 17 goals (34)

    Serbia international Dusan Vlahovic has earned a reputation as a formidable goalscorer in Serie A and continues to shine for Fiorentina.

  • Ciro Immobile Fikayo Tomori Milan Lazio Serie A

    #5 Ciro Immobile | Lazio | 17 goals (34)

    Lazio star Ciro Immobile scored a whopping 20 goals in Serie A last season as they finished sixth in the table, and will no doubt try to best his record. Now a European Championship winner with Italy, the striker will be eager to push for a higher finish in Serie A this year.
  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2021-22

    #6 Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 16 goals (32)

    Mohamed Salah will be eyeing the Premier League Golden Boot this year as Liverpool try to clinch their second title in three years. Salah has been impressive already this season, netting against the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
  • Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund 2021-22

    #7 Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund | 15 goals (30)

    At just 21 years of age, Erling Haaland is already battling with Robert Lewandowski for the honour of the Bundesliga top scorer. Haaland continues to be absolutely prolific in front of goal, scoring braces against both Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin.
  • Giovanni Simeone Verona Juventus Serie A 30102021

    #8 Giovanni Simeone | Verona | 12 goals (24)

    Cagliari forward Giovanni Simeone is spending the 2021-22 season on loan at Hellas Verona and the Argentina international is thriving. Having previously scored double figures in Serie A with Genoa, Fiorentina and Cagliari, he will be aiming to post his best tally yet.

  • Wissam Ben Yedder Angers Monaco Ligue 1 25042021

    #9 Wissam Ben Yedder | Monaco | 12 goals (24)

    Wissam Ben Yedder netted an impressive 20 Ligue 1 goals in his second season playing for Monaco after moving to France from Sevilla, and could very well bypass his tally this campaign.
  • Anthony Modeste Koln 2021-22

    #10 Anthony Modeste | Koln | 12 goals (24)

    Having endured a number of difficult years, Anthony Modeste is rolling back the years with Koln, scoring on a regular basis once again.

  • Vinicius Jr, Real Madrid

    #11 Vinicius Jr | Real Madrid | 12 goals (24)

    You'd be forgiven for forgetting that Vinicius Jr is only 21, since the striker has been a rising star at Real Madrid for quite a while now. The young Brazilian's future remains ever bright, consistently posing as an attacking threat for Los Blancos.
  • Jonathan David Lille 2021-22

    #12 Jonathan David | Lille | 12 goals (24)

    Canada talent Jonathan David transferred to Lille from Gent in 2020, and at 21, is already a strike talent. The young Canadian scored 13 Ligue 1 goals in his debut season for Lille.
  • Juanmi Real Betis 2021-22

    #13 Juanmi | Real Betis | 11 goals (22)

    Juanmi has finally hit his stride at Real Betis this season and the former Real Sociedad forward is scoring plenty of goals in La Liga.

  • Lautaro Martinez Inter 2021-22

    #14 Lautaro Martinez | Inter | 11 goals (22)

    It's been another great start to the season for Lautaro Martinez, who registered his sixth Serie A goal of the season with a strike against Venezia from the spot in a 2-0 win.

  • Kylian Mbappe PSG Angers Ligue 1 15102021

    #15 Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 10 goals (20)

    Kylian Mbappe struck 27 goals in Ligue 1 last season and now has the added assistance of Lionel Messi to tee him up at Paris Saint-Germain. The France star endured a slow start to the campaign, but will undoubtedly expect to be there or thereabouts when it comes to the end of the season.

  • Getafe Celta LaLiga Iago Aspas

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

    Iago Aspas is once again Celta Vigo's man to rely on this season, scoring his 10th La Liga goal on January 2 against Real Betis.

  • Joselu, Alaves

    #17 Joselu | Alaves | 10 Goals (20)

    Former Newcastle man Joselu is now on the wrong side of 30, but is enjoying a fruitful season since opening his La Liga account with a goal against Real Madrid on matchday 1.

  • Domenico Berardi Sassuolo 2021

    #18 Domenico Berardi | Sassuolo | 10 goals (20)

    Sassuolo legend Domenico Berardi struck a career high 17 Serie A goals last term and has carried that form into 2021-22.

  • Ludovic Ajorque Strasbourg 2021-22

    #19 Ludovic Ajorque | Strasbourg | 10 goals (20)

    Ludovic Ajorque enjoyed one of his best seasons in front of goal last term and has carried that form into the new campaign for Strasbourg in Ligue 1.

  • Martin Terrier Rennes 2021

    #20 Martin Terrier | Rennes | 10 goals (20)

    The 24-year-old striker has been in excellent form this season, including scoring a hat-trick away to Saint-Etienne.

  • Diogo Jota Liverpool 2021-22

    #21 Diogo Jota | Liverpool | 10 goals (20)

    Diogo Jota made an instant impact at Liverpool when he joined the Reds from Wolves in 2020-21 and he has offered a different type of goal threat to Roberto Firmino. The Portugal international will feel he can contribute even more this campaign after seeing his maiden season curtailed by injury.

  • Duvan Zapata Atalanta Lazio Serie A

    #22 Duvan Zapata | Atalanta | 9 goals (18)

    Colombia international Duvan Zapata has been a key figure for Atalanta over the past three seasons and his eye for a goal marks him out as one of Serie A's top finishers.

  • Serge Gnabry Bayern Munich 2021-22

    #23 Serge Gnabry | Bayern Munich | 9 goals (18)

    Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski form a lethal strike force at Bayern, with the German prolific in front of goal himself. Known for his signature 'Spaghetti' celebration, Gnabry is an instrumental cog in the Bayern machine.
  • Jamie Vardy Leicester City 2021-22

    #24 Jamie Vardy | Leicester | 9 goals (18)

    Jamie Vardy remains an ever-present danger in the Foxes attack under Brendan Rodgers. Despite now being in his mid-thirties, the former England international doesn't look like he's slowing down any time soon – and is still a nightmare for defenders and goalkeepers alike.
  • Taiwo Awoniyi of Union Berlin and Nigeria.

    #25 Taiwo Awoniyi | Union Berlin | 9 goals (18)

    Union Berlin's Taiwo Awoniyi only netted five goals for the side in the Bundesliga last season, so he's already beaten his previous tally. The Berlin side have started the Bundesliga season strongly and Awoniyi's goals should help them maintain their standing.
  • Gaetan Laborde Baptiste Santamaria Rennes 2021-22

    #26 Gaetan Laborde | Rennes | 9 goals (18)

    Gaetan Laborde took his goalscoring exploits up a notch when he joined Montpellier in 2018-19 and his performances have earned him a move to Rennes, where he continues to shine.

  • Joao Pedro Cagliari Sampdoria Serie A

    #27 Joao Pedro | Cagliari | 9 goals (18)

    Having already netted six Serie A goals by the end of October, Joao Pedro is on his way to besting his tally of 16 league goals scored last season. His goals will be instrumental as his side try to escape the relegation zone, with Pedro an established marksman in attack.
  • Nkunku Leipzig 2021

    #28 Christopher Nkunku | RB Leipzig | 9 goals (18)

    The ex-PSG striker has put it all together in 2021-22, becoming his side's biggest attacking threat and leading to rumours of a move to a bigger club.

  • Mohamed Bayo

    #29 Mohamed Bayo | Clermont Foot | 9 goals (18)

    Mohamed Bayo and Clermont Foot got promoted to Ligue 1 this season, with the 23-year-old forward netting 22 goals in Ligue 2. He is an important player for them as they look to stay in the division.

  • Raul De Tomas Espanyol Mallorca LaLiga

    #30 Raul de Tomas | Espanyol | 9 goals (18)

    Espanyol forward Raul de Tomas has impressed in La Liga this season, carrying the form that saw him net 23 times in the Segunda into this term.
  • Amine Gouiri Nice 2021-22

    #31 Amine Gouiri | Nice | 9 goals (18)

    After a debut Ligue 1 season in Nice that produced 12 goals, Amine Gouiri is continuing to establish himself as an integral cog in the French side as they look to cement a spot inside the top four this season.
  • Gianluca Scamacca Sassuolo

    #32 Gianluca Scamacca | Sassuolo | 9 goals (18)

    After a series of loan spells, Gianluca Scamacca has proved his worth with parent club Sassuolo this term and has earned his first caps with Italy.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Man Utd captain 2021-22

    #33 Cristiano Ronaldo | Man Utd | 8 goals (16)

    Cristiano Ronaldo remains a potent force in front of goal after returning to Manchester United, though his scoring rate has slowed as he moves deeper into his thirties. A four-time winner of the European Golden Shoe, he has a lot of ground to make up if he wishes to challenge in 2021-22.

  • Edin Dzeko Sassuolo Inter Serie A

    #34 Edin Dzeko | Inter | 8 goals (16)

    Edin Dzeko is still a nuisance for defenders at 35 years of age, now playing in Serie A with Inter. After a few seasons with Roma, the Bosnian is now undertaking a fresh challenge in Milan.
  • Beto Udinese 2021-22

    #35 Beto | Udinese | 8 goals (16)

    On loan forward Beto has thrived in Serie A, with the Portuguese enjoying one of his best seasons. A towering striker, he has proved a handful for Italian defences.

  • Raphina Leeds 2021

    #36 Raphina | Leeds | 8 goals (16)

    Leeds star Raphinha was directly involved in 15 Premier League goals last term – six goals and nine assists – and looks to be continuing on that form this current season with the Whites.

  • Watford and Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis.

    #37 Emmanuel Dennis | Watford | 8 goals (16)

    Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis has thrived since making the switch to Watford from Club Brugge, getting his share of goals for the Hornets.

  • Michael Antonio West Ham 2021-22

    #38 Michail Antonio | West Ham | 8 goals (16)

    Michael Antonio has been in top form in front of goal for West Ham over the past few seasons and is flourishing under the guidance of David Moyes. His early-season goalscoring exploits made him a fantasy football favourite.

  • Memphis Depay Barcelona Goal50 SLIDELIST

    #39 Memphis Depay | Barcelona | 8 goals (16)

    Netherlands international Memphis Depay faces the unenviable task of replacing the goals of Lionel Messi at Barcelona and, while that is a major ask, he has acquitted himself well, chipping in with his fair share of goals and assists.

  • Emile Smith-Rowe Arsenal Europa League 2018-19

    #40 Emile Smith Rowe | Arsenal | 8 goals (16)

    Arsenal's Emile Smith Rowe has been a huge part in the revitalization of the Gunners' season under Mikel Arteta, notching an impressive number of both goals and assists.

  • Son Heung-min Tottenham vs Liverpool Premier League 2021-22

    #41 Heung-Min Son | Tottenham | 8 goals (16)

    South Korea international and Tottenham star Heung-Min Son has continued his prolific form in front of goal for the Lilywhites, and is currently his club's top-scorer ahead of captain Harry Kane.

  • Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Senegal.

    #42 Sadio Mane | Liverpool | 8 goals (16)

    Mohamed Salah isn't the only star of the Liverpool show. Sadio Mane is up there with him, and the Senegal international has always been one of the pivotal components of Liverpool's front-three attack.
  • Mario Pasalic Atalanta Venezia Serie A

    #43 Mario Pasalic | Atalanta | 8 goals (16)

    Croatia international Mario Pasalic has emerged as one of Atalanta's top goal threats in recent seasons and is looking likely to hit a career high in goals in 2021-22.

  • Tammy Abraham Roma 2021-22

    #44 Tammy Abraham | Roma | 8 goals (16)

    In his first season with Roma after his move from Chelsea, Tammy Abraham is starting to justify his €40 million (£34m/$47m) price tag.

  • Hugo Ekitike Reims 2021

    #45 Hugo Ekitike | Reims | 8 goals (16)

    Reims' teen sensation Hugo Ekitike has been banging goals in for his club in Ligue 1, enjoying something of a breakthrough campaign.

  •  Antonin Barak Verona

    #46 Antonin Barak | Hellas Verona | 8 goals (16)

    Czech international Antonin Barak has found a home with Hellas Verona, reaching a career high in league goals in 2021-22.

  • Habib Diallo

    #47 Habib Diallo | Strasbourg | 8 goals (16)

    Strasbourg striker Habib Diallo is on course for one of his best individual seasons after hitting the ground running in 2021-22.

  • Delort Nice

    #48 Andy Delort | Nice | 8 goals (16)

    Andy Delort scored 15 goals in Ligue 1 for Montpellier last season and he continues to score regularly after making the switch to Nice.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan away 2021-22

    #49 Zlatan Ibrahimovic | AC Milan | 8 goals (16)

    Continuing to prove age is just a number, 40-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still one of Milan's top goal threats as the club chases its first league title in 11 years.

  • #50 Mattia Destro | Inter | 8 goals (16)

    Having scored 11 Serie A goals for Genoa last season, Mattia Destro will be aiming to overtake his old tally. Genoa have been floating in the relegation zone, so Destro's goals will be especially needed this season.

  • Gerard Moreno Villarreal Goal50 SLIDELIST

    #51 Gerard Moreno | Villarreal | 8 goals (16)

    Spain international Gerard Moreno has been in fine form for the Yellow Submarine, exploding into life in December.

  • Andre Silva RB Leipzig Bundesliga 2021-22

    #52 Andre Silva | RB Leipzig | 8 goals (16)

    Portugal forward Andre Silva has impressed for RB Leipzig in Bundesliga season, notching his eighth strike of the domestic season in January.