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European Golden Shoe 2020-21: Lewandowski vs Europe's top scorers

Tue 21 September 2021 | 21:29

Among various football events, the European Golden Shoe is the most magical one. Because it gives football a competitive meaning and the athlete who scored the most goals a trophy which he will not soon forget; welcome to European Golden Shoe 2020-21: Lewandowski vs Europe's top scorers.

To fully understand the greatness of this event and the value of its prize, let us attend a brief European Golden Shoe history class here on sportmob.com .

The award was awarded to the top goal scorer in any European league between 1968 and 1991. This was true independent of the competitiveness of the league in which the top scorer competed or the number of games in which the player appeared. But the rules were destined to change.

Since the 1996–97 season, the Golden Shoe is awarded based on a points system that permits players in more difficult leagues to win even if they score fewer goals than players in less challenging leagues.

The weightings are decided by the league's position on the UEFA coefficients, which are based on each league's teams' performance in European play over the preceding five seasons.

Goals scored in the top five leagues on the UEFA coefficients list are multiplied by two, goals scored in leagues ranked 6 to 22 (formerly 9 to 21) are multiplied by 1.5, and goals scored in leagues ranked 22 and below are multiplied by one.

Although the Golden Shoe could previously be shared by several players, in the 2019–20 season, the regulation was amended to award the honor to the player who played the fewest minutes in the event of a tie on points. If the tie remains, the number of league assists will be recorded, followed by the number of penalties scored.

Now that we are familiar with the European Golden Boot rules and the changes that it has undergone, we should move on to the hero of the story who is Lewandowski and his competitors over this priceless trophy.

European Golden Shoe 2020-21: Lewandowski vs Europe's top scorers compared precisely

In this article, we will go over the list of European Golden Shoe 2020/21 standings and the difference in-between Lewandowski and any other athlete who was worthy enough to be on this list. Thus, without further ado let us hop into the

Golden Shoe 2020-21

related article.

Harry Kane (23 goals)

Starting the list with Tottenham’s main and most important player,

Harry Kane

.

Tottenham's striker failed to reach the 20-goal mark in the Premier League in the past seasons but in European Golden Shoe 2020/21 standings he was mentioned as a top scorer with 23 goals. The England striker remains a dangerous menace in front of goal, having earned the Premier League Golden Boot.

Harry had a story with the Premier League golden boots, but he didn't manage to become Europe's 2020/21 top scorer. With 25 goals, the 28-year-old won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2015-16, finishing one goal ahead of Sergio Agüero and Jamie Vardy.

With 29 goals in the 2016-17 season, Kane earned his second consecutive Golden Boot, becoming him only the sixth player in Premier League history to do so.

He scored his 23rd goal of the 20-21 season in a 4–2 win over Leicester City on May 23, earning his third Golden Boot honor of his career.

This talented athlete also earned the Premier League Playmaker of the Season award for most assists in a season, making him only the third player in Premier League history to win both the Golden Boot and the Playmaker titles in the same season.

But is he a danger to Lewandowski’s position on

European Golden Shoe 2020/21 standings

? Not this time but as said before he is a skillful striker who has the potential of earning next year’s European Golden Shoe.

Karim Benzema (23 goals)

In 2020-21,

Karim Benzema

was the uncontested star striker for Zinedine Zidane's team, but his goals were not enough to lift Real Madrid to the Liga title. But this man didn’t fail to become a threat to Lewandowski’s throne with 23 goals and securing his place on European Golden Shoe 2020/21 standings.

Although he was far away from actually taking the prize, he showed the world that he has what it takes to become a top scorer.

Gerard Moreno (23 goals)

We talked about huge players from successful teams, but this player is on his way of becoming a legend by his stunning performance. Gerard Moreno had an amazing performance in 2020-21, full of energy after scoring 18 goals in La Liga the previous season.

The Spain international is a key player for his club as he has helped the team to improve with his fantastic point winning goals.

Gerard may be less known than the other contenders, but this doesn’t mean that Lewandowski should ignore this amazing player.

Romelu Lukaku (24 goals)

Romelu Lukaku

continues to flourish for Chelsea, but his contribution to his last club Inter was recognized in the fact that he had scored 50 goals for Inter in fewer appearances than Ronaldo Nazario. He is a confident striker who trusts his abilities and skills, and he will be anxious to show off his skills by competing for top scorer honors in the future.

He scored a double and added an assist in a 3–1 win against Lazio on February 14, increasing his Serie A goal tally to 16 for the season, equaling Cristiano Ronaldo as the league's top scorer.

Lukaku scored his 300th goal in his professional career with his second goal. Inter won Serie A for the first time since the 2009–10 season in 2020–21. Lukaku scored 24 goals and added 11 assists in the league in 2020–21.

By his amazing performance for Chelsea, it is likely to see him on next year’s

European Golden Boot

and therefore Lewandowski will have to keep an eye out for this athlete if he wants to win next year's boot.

Erling Haaland (27 goals)

There were some questions about

Erling Haaland's

ability to make the move up to the Bundesliga after joining Borussia Dortmund in the middle of the 19-20 season, but his adjustment has been smooth.

Indeed, his goal total thus far indicates that he has stepped it up a level. With 27 goals, Haaland was lucky enough to secure his place on European Golden Shoe 2020/21 standings but fell short against legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.

Haaland received his first golden boot experience in 2019 after he scored nine goals in a match against Honduras and before finding his way onto the European Golden Shoe 2020/21 standings.

This was Norway's largest ever U-20 victory, as well as Honduras' greatest ever loss. Haaland also established a new U-20 World Cup record for the most goals scored by a single player in a game, with the result also being the tournament's greatest win by any side.

Despite the fact that the Norwegians were eliminated in the group stage and Haaland did not score in any other games throughout the tournament, he was awarded the Golden Boot as the best scorer.

Kylian Mbappe (27 goals)

We are approaching legends and athlete who has already won the European Golden Boot or are anticipated to with this trophy in the future events.

Kylian Mbappe's

goal return was severely hampered by injuries and the Covid-19 epidemic last season, but he made up for his absences for Paris Saint-Germain in 2020-21, albeit it wasn't enough to win the Ligue 1 championship.

After contracting COVID-19 while playing for the France national team, Mbappé missed the first three games of the season. He made his comeback on September 20, 2020, in a 3–0 away win over Nice, scoring a penalty kick goal.

Mbappé scored his 40th goal of the season in a 4–0 league win over Stade de Reims on May 17, making it his most productive season to date and his first time reaching the forty-goal mark in his career. 

Three days later, Mbappé scored once and assisted on the other in PSG's 2–0 victory over his former club Monaco in the Coupe de France Final.

He stood high up in

European Golden Shoe 2020/21 standings

with 26 goals, but failed to steal the trophy from Lewandowski’s hands.

Andre Silva (28 goals)

Andre Silva failed to meet expectations at AC Milan and Sevilla, but he looks to have regained his stride in the Bundesliga, where he is one of Eintracht Frankfurt's major goal threats.

Silva scored eight goals in ten games when the German league resumed following the COVID-19 epidemic, giving him a total of 12 for the season. Hugo Almeida of SV Werder Bremen set a new record for the most goals scored by a Portuguese player in a German top-flight season with this.

He broke Bernd Hölzenbein's 44-year-old club record for goals in a top-flight season by one goal, with only FC Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scoring more.

With RB Leipzig, the 25-year-old is dominating the field and is shaping himself to shine like a Dimond both in Bundesliga and in the next event standing of

European Golden Shoe

.

Cristiano Ronaldo (29 goals)

Showing off the big guns, Cristiano Ronaldo was the major threat to Lewandowski’s dominant position and was one of the contenders on the which was anticipated to win the Golden Shoe 2020-21.

Cristiano Ronaldo

rebounded from a poor start in the 19-20 season to launch a strong fight for the Golden Boot, but despite a brief Covid-19-enforced spell of solitude, he was productive from the start of the 2020-21 campaign.

In the 2007-08 season, He won the Premier League Golden Boot and the European Golden Shoe for his 31 league goals, becoming him the first winger to win both awards. He became the first player in La Liga to score 40 goals with two goals against Almeria in the final match of the 2010-11 season.

Ronaldo also won the European Golden Shoe for the second time, becoming the first player to win the accolade in two separate leagues. Ronaldo won the Pichichi and the European Golden Shoe in the 2013-14 season, scoring 31 goals in 30 league games.

CR7 shared the latter trophy with former Liverpool striker Luis Suárez.

He scored 48 goals in the 2014-15 season, winning the Pichichi for the second year in a row and the European Golden Shoe for the fourth time. However, he did not manage to win the golden shoe of 20/21 and stood on the 3rd spot on European Golden Shoe 2020/21 standings.

Lewandowski was the gladiator that won not by skill but by pure luck against this vicious. This kind of victory is not anticipated in the next golden shoe gladiatorial arena.

Lionel Messi (30 goals)

Two pumas in a race and the cheetah is the one who claims the win.

Messi

and Ronaldo have been in this war for years, but now it seems that these two are not the only ones who are capable of winning such trophies.

Messi has won a record six Ballon d'Or trophies, a record six European Golden Shoes (he fell short becoming Europe's 2020/21 top scorer, but he secured the second place on European Golden Shoe 2020/21 standings) and was chosen to the Ballon d'Or Dream Team in 2020.

He is largely recognized as the finest player in the world and is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

the Messiah spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, winning a club-record 35 trophies, including 10 La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey trophies, and four UEFA Champions Leagues until leaving in 2021.

The Argentinian super athlete, one of the greatest goal scorers of all time, had a difficult start in 2020-21, but he improved in the second half. Regrettably, he was forced to settle for second best once more.

Robert Lewandowski (41 goals)

Robert Lewandowski, the star of Bayern Munich, has been one of the finest attackers in the world for several years, and he defied his age by breaking the Bundesliga goal record.

Lewandowski set a new Hinrunde record on January 17, 2021, when he became the first player in Bundesliga history to score 21 goals after only 16 games, surpassing Gerd Müller's 20 goals in 1968–69.

On the last day of the season, he beat Gerd Müller's record of 40 goals set in the 1971–72 season with a 90th-minute strike in Bayern's 5–2 victory over Augsburg, establishing himself as the Europe's 2020/21 top scorer.

With a successful season with his club not only he broke Gerd Muller’s record of 40 goals but also managed to get the Golden Shoe 2020-21.

It is Lewandowski's first Golden Shoe award, and he is the first Polish player to get the honor.

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