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

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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 | 18 goals (36)

    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 Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 17 goals (34)

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

    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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    #4 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.
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    #5 Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus | 14 goals (28)

    The former Madrid star took his time getting rolling in Serie A but has moved up to lead 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.
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    #6 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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    #7 Edinson Cavani | PSG | 14 goals (28)

    A hat-trick against Monaco sent Cavani shooting up the Golden Shoe rankings, where he joins strike partners Mbappe and Neymar close to the summit.
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    #8 Fabio Quagliarella | Sampdoria | 14 goals (28)

    The veteran Italy international is showing no sign of slowing down, with his eye for the spectacular very much alive.
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    #9 Duvan Zapata | Atalanta | 14 goals (28)

    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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    #10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Arsenal | 14 goals (28)

    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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    #11 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.
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    #12 Luka Jovic | Frankfurt | 13 goals (26)

    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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    #13 Krzysztof Piatek | Genoa | 13 goals (26)

    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 a Italian top-flight season.
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    #14 Nicolas Pepe | Lille | 13 goals (26)

    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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    #15 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.
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    #16 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.
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    #17 Wahbi Khazri | Saint-Etienne | 12 goals (24)

    The Tunisian forward has found a new lease on life in France, with this campaign already the best goalscoring season of his career.
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    #18 Emiliano Sala | Nantes | 12 goals (24)

    The Argentine has been in fine form in front of goal this season, despite Nantes being lodged in mid-table.
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    #19 Luuk de Jong | PSV | 15 goals (22.5)

    De Jong has been unstoppable in the Eredivisie, forming a potent strikeforce alongside Chucky Lozano.
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    #20 Arkadiusz Milik | Napoli | 11 goals (22)

    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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    #21 Marco Reus | Borussia Dortmund | 11 goals (22)

    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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    #22 Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 11 goals (22)

    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.
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    #23 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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    #24 Florian Thauvin | Marseille | 11 goals (22)

    French left-winger Thauvin's impressive form for Marseille this season has earned him the interest of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, and he has been capped five times for Les Bleus.
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    #25 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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    #26 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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    #27 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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    #28 Alassane Plea | Borussia Monchengladbach | 10 goals (20)

    Former Nice forward Plea scored a hat-trick against Werder Bremen in early November.
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    #29 Sebastien Haller | Frankfurt | 10 goals (20)

    The 24-year-old Frenchman is enjoying another productive season in front of goal and will be hoping to hit double figures for the first time in the Bundesliga.
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    #30 Sergio Aguero | Manchester City | 10 goals (20)

    Manchester City's all-time top-scorer is in fine form for the Premier League champions once again having netted a hat-trick against Huddersfield in his second game of the season and been on target again in a derby date with United.
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    #31 Raheem Sterling | Manchester City | 10 goals (20)

    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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    #32 Eden Hazard | Chelsea | 10 goals (20)

    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.
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    #33 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.
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    #34 Fran Sol | Willem II | 13 goals (19.5)

    Fran Sol will be contending to finish the season as Eredivisie top-scorer, challening Luuk de Jong for the title.
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    #35 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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    #36 Ondrej Duda | Hertha Berlin | 9 goals (18)

    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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    #37 Wissam Ben Yedder | Sevilla | 9 goals (18)

    Ben Yedder has been instrumental in Sevilla's climb into La Liga's top four this season.
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    #38 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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    #39 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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    #40 Thorgan Hazard | Borussia Monchengladbach | 9 goals (18)

    Eden's younger brother is off to a fine start in the Bundesliga and went level with the league's top scorers with a two-goal showing in a win over Fortuna Dusseldorf as his club looks to sustain a title challenge in the German top flight. 
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    #41 Borja Iglesias | Espanyol | 9 goals (18)

    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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    #42 Antoine Griezmann | Atletico Madrid | 9 goals (18)

    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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    #43 Richarlison | Everton | 9 goals (18)

    The Brazilian has justified Everton's huge investment in the off-season, having already surpassing his league goal total with Watford last season. 
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    #44 Francesco Caputo | Empoli | 9 goals (18)

    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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    #45 Sadio Mane | Liverpool | 9 goals (18)

    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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    #46 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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    #47 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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    #48 Dusan Tadic | Ajax | 12 goals (18)

    The former Southampton wideman has been in superb form for the Eredivisie giants since his summer arrival in the Netherlands.
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    #49 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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    #50 Dyego Sousa | Sporting Braga | 12 goals (18)

    The Brazilian is on his way to contend for the honour of top-scorer of the Primeira Liga, having already netted 10 goals by mid-December.
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    #51 Hirving Lozano | PSV | 11 goals (16.5)

    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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    #52 Mario Mandzukic | Juventus | 8 goals (16)

    The veteran Croatian striker has had a major comeback season from a scoring standpoint, having already bested his total Serie A haul from 2017-18. 
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    #53 Heung-Min Son | Tottenham | 8 goals (16)

    Despite missing the opening weeks of the season, the South Korea international has been in superb form since returning to the fold.
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    #54 Raul de Tomas | Rayo Vallecano | 8 goals (16)

    The Real Madrid loanee netted a hat-trick against Celta Vigo in January to move himself into contention in the race to be La Liga's top goalscorer.
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    #55 Anthony Martial | Manchester United | 8 goals (16)

    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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    #56 Yussuf Poulsen | RB Leipzig | 8 goals (16)

    The Denmark international has formed a formidable partnership with Timo Werner for the Bundesliga high-flyers.
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    #57 Radamel Falcao | Monaco | 8 goals (16)

    The former Manchester United and Chelsea forward will have to be at his best if Thierry Henry's side are to avoid relegation in Ligue 1.
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    #58 Lebo Mothiba | Strasbourg | 8 goals (16)

    Seen as the future of South Afircan football, 22-year-old Mothiba has been in impressive form for Strasbourg in Ligue 1 having left Lille in the early weeks of the season.
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    #59 Ousmane Dembele | Barcelona | 8 goals (16)

    Despite a series of off-pitch issues, the France international has started to show signs of his best form at Camp Nou.
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    #60 Andre Silva | Sevilla | 8 goals (16)

    Silva joined Sevilla on a €3m loan deal last summer from AC Milan and the Portugal striker has been in fine form since the beginning of the campaign – netting against Real Madrid.
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    #61 Francois Kamano | Bordeaux | 8 goals (16)

    Kamano has started the season in good form for Bordeaux after arriving from Bastia in 2016, netting a brace against both Monaco and Nantes.
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    #62 Dries Mertens | Napoli | 8 goals (16)

    The Belgian is off to a solid start for Napoli, with his hat-trick against Empoli putting him among Serie A's leading scorers. 
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    #63 Max Gradel | Toulouse | 8 goals (16)

    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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    #64 Paul Pogba | Manchester United | 8 goals (16)

    After struggling for form under Jose Mourinho, the World Cup winner has found a new lease of life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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    #65 Romelu Lukaku | Manchester United | 8 goals (16)

    The Belgian striker has struggled for consistency this season, enduring a lengthy goal drought at one stage, but he is starting to find his feet again.
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    #66 Marcus Rashford | Manchester United | 8 goals (16)

    The England international has been in superb form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since the Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho.
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    #67 Jorge Molina | Getafe | 8 goals (16)

    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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    #68 Leroy Sane | Manchester City | 8 goals (16)

    The Germany international has recovered from the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup by again showing what he is capable of under Pep Guardiola.
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    #69 Jonathan Bamba | Lille | 8 goals (16)

    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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    #70 Aleksandar Mitrovic | Fulham | 8 goals (16)

    Mitrovic ended a drought by scoring his sixth and seventh Premier League goals of the season for Fulham against Southampton in Claudio Ranieri’s first match as manager.

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    #71 Alexandre Lacazette | Arsenal | 8 goals (16)

    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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    #72 Felipe Anderson | West Ham | 8 goals (16)

    The summer signing from Lazio took time to settle into Premier League life but has now hit his stride under Manuel Pellegrini.
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    #73 Glenn Murray | Brighton | 8 goals (16)

    The 35-year-old scored his sixth of the young season to earn a win over Wolves, halfway to his previous best in a Premier League campaign, and then notched a seventh against Leicester.  
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    #74 Bas Dost | Sporting CP | 10 goals (15)

    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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    #75 Hakim Ziyech | Ajax | 10 goals (15)

    The Morocco international continues to tear up Eredivisie and lead the way for the legendary Dutch outfit.
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    #76 Kristoffer Peterson | Heracles | 10 goals (15)

    Sweden international Kristoffer Peterson has reached double figures for Heracles and is on course for his best ever personal season.