Golden Shoe 2020-21: Lewandowski, Ronaldo and Europe's top scorers

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, or Robert Lewandowski - who will come out on top this season?

The race for the 2020-21 Golden Shoe is on as the best strikers from across Europe look to boost their goal tallies and be crowned the contintent's No 1 sharp-shooter.

Lazio's Ciro Immobile took the accolade in 2019-20, finishing ahead of Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo, Timo Werner and Lionel Messi, but intense competition means he will have to fight to retain it.

That posse will no doubt be to the fore in the goal charts again this season, as well as other contenders like Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah and even Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is rolling back the years at AC Milan.

With the race well and truly under way, Goal tallies up all the top goalscorers from across Europe's top leagues in 2020-21...

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

  1. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 21 goals (42)
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    #1 Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 21 goals (42)

    Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski has been one of the best strikers in the world for a number of years now and he continues to hit the back of the net with regularity despite heading into his mid-thirties.
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus | 15 goals (30)
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    #2 Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus | 15 goals (30)

    Cristiano Ronaldo recovered from a slow start last season to mount a serious challenge for the Golden Boot, but he has been prolific from the beginning this term, despite a brief Covid-19-enforced period of isolation. He will hope to clinch an award he hasn't got his hands on since 2014-15.
  3. Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 13 goals (26)
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    #3 Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 13 goals (26)

    Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah has been forced to share the goals with Sadio Mane in recent seasons, but the Egyptian remains a terrific threat and will be aiming to surpass a century of league goals for the Reds this season.

  4. Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 12 goals (24)
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    #4 Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 12 goals (24)

    Injuries and the Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted Kylian Mbappe's goal return last season, but he has hit the ground running for Paris Saint-Germain in 2020-21.
  5. Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund | 12 goals (24)
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    #5 Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund | 12 goals (24)

    Having joined Borussia Dortmund mid-way through last season, there were some doubts about Erling Haaland's capacity to make the step up in the Bundesliga, but his transition has been seamless. Indeed, his goal return so far suggests that he has even taken it up a notch.
  6. Romelu Lukaku | Inter | 12 goals (24)
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    #6 Romelu Lukaku | Inter | 12 goals (24)

    Romelu Lukaku continues to shine at Inter and his worth to the club is reflected in the fact that he reached the 50-goal milestone for the club, doing so in fewer games than the legendary Ronaldo Nazario. The Belgium international considers himself among the top five strikers in the world and he will be eager to back up that claim by challenging for top scorer awards.

  7. Harry Kane | Tottenham | 12 goals (24)
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    #7 Harry Kane | Tottenham | 12 goals (24)

    Having seemingly scored at will between 2014 and 2018, Tottenham's Harry Kane failed to crack the 20-goal mark in the Premier League in the last two seasons.

    However, the England star remains a potent threat in front of goal and, if he can stay injury free he should be there or thereabouts for the Golden Boot.

  8. Ciro Immobile | Lazio | 12 goals (24)
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    #8 Ciro Immobile | Lazio | 12 goals (24)

    Last season's Golden Shoe winner remains Lazio's chief goal threat and broke into double figures early enough in the season.
  9. Heung-min Son | Tottenham | 12 goals (24)
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    #9 Heung-min Son | Tottenham | 12 goals (24)

    Tottenham star Heung-min Son has been the key man for Jose Mourinho's side this season as they look to challenge for Premier League glory. The forward's connection with Harry Kane continues to yield plenty of goals for both parties.
  10. Andre Silva | Eintracht Frankfurt | 12 goals (24)
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    #10 Andre Silva | Eintracht Frankfurt | 12 goals (24)

    Andre Silva struggled to live up to expectations at AC Milan and Sevilla, but he appears to have found his groove in the Bundesliga, where he is one of the main goal threats for Eintracht Frankfurt.

  11. Boulaye Dia | Reims | 12 goals (24)
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    #11 Boulaye Dia | Reims | 12 goals (24)

    Having established himself as a key player for Reims in 2019-20, Boulaye Dia is enjoying his best season ever at the club and will be aiming to hit the high teens in the goal charts.

  12. Zlatan Ibrahimovic | AC MIlan | 12 goals (24)
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    #12 Zlatan Ibrahimovic | AC MIlan | 12 goals (24)

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is closing in on 40, but the gigantic Swede is rolling back the years at AC Milan, helping Stefano Pioli's side mount a title charge in Serie A.
  13. Lionel Messi | Barcelona | 11 goals (22)
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    #13 Lionel Messi | Barcelona | 11 goals (22)

    One of the greatest goalscorers of all time, Lionel Messi got off to a slow start in 2020-21, but he has shown signs of improvement in the second half of the season.

  14. Bruno Fernandes | Man Utd | 11 goals (22)
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    #14 Bruno Fernandes | Man Utd | 11 goals (22)

    Bruno Fernandes has been a breath of fresh air for Manchester United and the attacking midfielder is central to much of the Red Devils' good play. As well as setting up his team-mates, the Portugal international gets on the scoresheet himself and is the main penalty taker, meaning he is sure to get his share of goals over the season.

  15. Memphis Depay | Lyon | 11 goals (22)
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    #15 Memphis Depay | Lyon | 11 goals (22)

    Netherlands international is entering into his prime and is currently on course to match his previous high of 19 Ligue 1 goals.

    His prowess in front of goal has alerted the attention of Barcelona, who are keen to bring the Dutchman to Catalunya.

  16. Jamie Vardy | Leicester City | 11 goals (22)
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    #16 Jamie Vardy | Leicester City | 11 goals (22)

    Jamie Vardy has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down at Leicester City and he remains the Foxes' number one goal threat this season. He won the Premier League Golden Boot last term and will be determined to challenge once again.

  17. Dominic Calvert-Lewin | Everton | 11 goals (22)
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    #17 Dominic Calvert-Lewin | Everton | 11 goals (22)

    Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed a transformation under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti and is becoming a highly prolific goalscorer. Though he might be considered something of a late bloomer, Calvert-Lewin is still relatively young and his form for the Toffees sees him challenging Harry Kane for the England No. 9 shirt.
  18. Wout Weghorst | Wolfsburg | 11 goals (22)
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    #18 Wout Weghorst | Wolfsburg | 11 goals (22)

    Towering forward Wout Weghorst has been one of the most consistent scorers in the Bundesliga since his arrival in 2018 and he is on course for his best season yet.

  19. Luis Muriel | Atalanta | 10 goals (20)
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    #19 Luis Muriel | Atalanta | 10 goals (20)

    Colombia international Luis Muriel hit 18 goals in Serie A last season and he remains a key figure for Atalanta, thriving in Gian Piero Gasperini's high-octane system.

  20. Patrick Bamford | Leeds United | 10 goals (20)
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    #20 Patrick Bamford | Leeds United | 10 goals (20)

    Though never previously prolific, Patrick Bamford is quickly maturing into one of the best strikers in the Premier League, thanks in no small part to Marcelo Bielsa.

  21. Joao Pedro | Cagliari | 10 goals (20)
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    #21 Joao Pedro | Cagliari | 10 goals (20)

    Brazil-born playmaker Joao Pedro scored 18 goals in Serie A last season and could well surpass that tally if he can maintain his early-season form all year.

  22. Kevin Volland | Monaco | 10 goals (20)
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    #22 Kevin Volland | Monaco | 10 goals (20)

    Former Bayer Leverkusen striker Kevin Volland has been enjoying his time in Ligue 1 since signing for Monaco ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. The Germany international regularly reaches double figures, but is scoring at a rate that could see him complete his best season ever.

  23. Gerard Moreno | Villarreal | 10 goals (20)
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    #23 Gerard Moreno | Villarreal | 10 goals (20)

    Villarreal's Gerard Moreno hit the ground running in 2020-21, brimming full of confidence after scoring 18 goals in La Liga the previous season.

    The Spain international is the focal point for The Yellow Submarine and scored an important goal against Real Madrid as they secured a point in November.

  24. Luis Suarez | Atletico Madrid | 9 goals (18)
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    #24 Luis Suarez | Atletico Madrid | 9 goals (18)

    He may be into his thirties, but Luis Suarez remains one of the best strikers in La Liga and he continues to find the back of the net for Atletico Madrid.

  25. Lautaro Martinez | Inter | 9 goals (18)
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    #25 Lautaro Martinez | Inter | 9 goals (18)

    A reported target for Barcelona, Lautaro Martinez has formed a frightening partnership with Romelu Lukaku at Inter and will be eager to match his team-mate all the way.

  26. Moise Kean | PSG | 9 goals (18)
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    #26 Moise Kean | PSG | 9 goals (18)

    Everton forward Moise Kean has taken his performances to another level since joining Paris Saint-Germain on loan in 2020 and is chipping in with his fair share of goals in the French capital, forming a formidable relationship with Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe.
  27. Lorenzo Insigne | Napoli | 9 goals (18)
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    #27 Lorenzo Insigne | Napoli | 9 goals (18)

    Now an elder statesman of the Napoli team, Lorenzo Insigne has been expected to assume more responsibility and he has certainly added goals to his game again.

    The diminutive Italy international chips in with plenty of assists too, but he is on course to replicate his form from 2016-17, when he bagged 18 goals.

  28. Wissam Ben Yedder | Monaco | 9 goals (18)
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    #28 Wissam Ben Yedder | Monaco | 9 goals (18)

    Goalscoring exploits with Sevilla have been replicated at Monaco and Wissam Ben Yedder is now club captain with the principality team.

    He was marginally off 20 goals last season, but will have confidence that he can deliver in 2020-21.

  29. Andrea Belotti | Torino | 9 goals (18)
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    #29 Andrea Belotti | Torino | 9 goals (18)

    It has been a while since Andrea Belotti was the toast of Europe as he knocked in nearly 30 goals for Torino, but the Italy international still scores plenty.

    If he can maintain his early-season form, he will be hoping to hit the 20-goal mark this term.

  30. Iago Aspas | Celta Vigo | 9 goals (18)
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    #30 Iago Aspas | Celta Vigo | 9 goals (18)

    Celta Vigo's main man, Iago Aspas continues to sparkle for the Galicians despite heading into his mid-thirties.

    Aspas enjoyed a number of 20-plus-goal seasons a few years ago, form which saw him become a regular for Spain, and he'll be hoping to rekindle those displays.

  31. Karl Toko Ekambi | Lyon | 9 goals (18)
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    #31 Karl Toko Ekambi | Lyon | 9 goals (18)

    Cameroon international Karl Toko Ekambi never forged a reputation as prolific, but he is enjoying his time at Lyon and will be hoping to carry his early-season form to the end of the campaign.

  32. Burak Yilmaz | Lille | 9 goals (18)
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    #32 Burak Yilmaz | Lille | 9 goals (18)

    Veteran Turkey international Burak Yilmaz has been in top form for Lille since his arrival from Besiktas in 2020. A powerful frontman who has scored goals for Galatasaray, Beijing Guoan and Trabzonspor among others over a long career, Yilmaz will be aiming for the high teens this season.

  33. M'bala Nzola | Spezia | 9 goals (18)
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    #33 M'bala Nzola | Spezia | 9 goals (18)

    French striker M'bala Nzola has been enjoying a fruitful season with Spezia, picking up where he left off last season. Nzola has contributes some important goals this term, including a strike in the unlikely victory over Napoli at the beginning of 2021.

  34. Andy Delort | Montpellier | 9 goals (18)
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    #34 Andy Delort | Montpellier | 9 goals (18)

    Algeria international Andy Delort has become a key player for Montpellier and the striker has already reached his tally from last season, in fewer games.

    Delort has improved drastically since signing for Montpellier from Toulouse and will be aiming to reach the high teens in the goal charts this campaign. 

  35. Lars Stindl | Borussia Monchengladbach | 9 goals (18)
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    #35 Lars Stindl | Borussia Monchengladbach | 9 goals (18)

    Veteran striker Lars Stindl is on course for his best-ever season at Borussia Monchengladbach and, indeed, the best of his career.

    Stindl has never been prolific in the Bundesliga, but he should be aiming for the high teens in 2020-21 if he can stay fit.

  36. Silas Wamangituka | Stuttgart | 9 goals (18)
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    #36 Silas Wamangituka | Stuttgart | 9 goals (18)

    Having chipped in with his fair share of goals in Stuttgart's promotion season, Silas Wamangituka has shown little difficulty with the step up to the Bundesliga in 2020-21.

    The former Paris FC attacker has adapted well to life in Germany and is likely to post his best-ever season, statistically.