Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski wins the Golden Shoe ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The Polish star scored a record 41 Bundesliga goals in the race for the Golden Boot. Bayern beat off competition from the usual suspects, including the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
1. ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI | BAYERN MUNICH | 41 GOALS (82)
In spite of his advancing years, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski broke the Bundesliga goal record for the third time in his career. Lewandowski is the first Polish player to win the Golden Shoe award.
2. LIONEL MESSI | BARCELONA | 30 GOALS (60)
One of the greatest goalscorers of all time, Lionel Messi got off to a slow start in 2020-21, but he improved in the second half of the season. Unfortunately for him, however, he had to settle for second best again.
3. CRISTIANO RONALDO | JUVENTUS | 29 GOALS (58)
Cristiano Ronaldo recovered from a slow start last season to mount a serious challenge for the Golden Boot, but was prolific from the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign, despite a brief Covid-19-enforced period of isolation.
4. ANDRE SILVA | EINTRACHT FRANKFURT | 28 GOALS (56)
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.
5. ERLING HAALAND | BORUSSIA DORTMUND | 27 GOALS (34)
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. KYLIAN MBAPPE | PSG | 26 GOALS (52)
Injuries and the Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted Kylian Mbappe’s goal return last season, but he has made up for his absences for Paris Saint-Germain in 2020-21, though it wasn’t enough to deliver the Ligue 1 title.
7. ROMELU LUKAKU | INTER | 24 GOALS (48)
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 into the future.
8. GERARD MORENO | VILLARREAL | 23 GOALS (46)
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.
9. Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 23 goals (46)
Karim Benzema was the undisputed star forward for Zinedine Zidane’s side in 2020-21, but his goals were not enough to secure the Liga title for Real Madrid.
10. Harry Kane | Tottenham | 23 goals (46)
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 previous two seasons. However, the England star remains a potent threat in front of goal and won the Premier League Golden Boot.
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