Who Is Going To Win The European Golden Shoe?
The European Golden Shoe is given to the leading league scorer in European football each year. Last season Lionel Messi pipped Mohamed Salah to the award. The continent’s elite strikers are set to battle it out again to bag the gong in 2018-19, but who will win it this time around?
European Golden Shoe Facts
• Since 1996/7, the Shoe has been awarded on a points system based on UEFA coefficients, with players scoring in tougher leagues receive more points. • Last season, Lionel Messi won the award with 34 La Liga goals • In the last 20 seasons, the average winning goal haul required to win the Golden Shoe is 35 • In the last 20 seasons, the winner has been part of a title-winning side on eight occasions.
Will Lionel Messi Win The Golden Shoe?
After a disappointing World Cup, the Argentinian will be fired up to claim his sixth Golden Shoe. 2018-19 will be Messi’s 15th campaign in La Liga playing for Barcelona, and he’ll be aiming to get close to 600 career goals for the Catalan giants.
Messi is Barcelona’s all-time top goal scorer by some distance, with a tally that is unlikely to ever be beaten. By the end of last season, he had hit an astounding 552 in 637 games.
Messi’s five Golden Shoes are a record and, since the turn of the decade, his highest season tally is 50 league goals and his lowest 26. It would be impossible to bet against the Barcelona legend adding a sixth award to his trophy cabinet.
Bet UK's online sportsbook offers Lionel Messi to finish top scorer in La Liga at 2/5*.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo Win The Golden Shoe?
Although Portugal were knocked out in the World Cup Round of 16, Ronaldo had a productive summer in Russia. The Portugal captain’s goals at the tournament were notable for their variety and the skill required to dispatch them. Following his summer move to Juventus, Ronaldo will be hoping that his stellar form carries over into a new league..
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner shows no sign of letting up and continues to answer critics who wonder if the 33-year-old has lost a little of his sparkle. Ronaldo hasn’t scored fewer than 25 goals in a league campaign in any of the past nine seasons.
Ronaldo was the first player to win the Golden Shoe four times and impressively he’s done so in both the English Premier League and La Liga. Having proved himself already in 2 of European footballs top leagues, Ronaldo will be aiming for similar success in Juventus. Given his previous form, few would bet against him performing well in Italy.
Following Ronaldo's move to Juventus, you can get odds of 20/33* for him to finish top scorer with Bet UK's sports betting feature.
Will Neymar Jr Win the Golden Shoe?
The world's most expensive player may have endured a somewhat unsettled first season at Paris Saint-Germain as speculation continued around his future, but Neymar weighed in with 19 Ligue 1 goals in 20 starts. Not bad considering he missed the final three months of the season with a foot injury.
Neymar won the Brazilian version of the Golden Shoe twice in his younger days and has picked up various nominations and awards for his exploits at the Confederations and World Cups. But he still needs to transfer that incredible form to European football. Not an out-and-out striker, the PSG forward continues to shine with goals from wider positions.
If he plays a full season, Neymar virtually guarantees 20-plus goals. His best league haul to date is 24, scored for Barcelona.
Neymar is favourite to finish top scorer in Ligue 1 with Bet UK's online sportsbook currently offering odds of 21/20*.
Will Robert Lewandowski Win the Golden Shoe?
Lewandowski has been a scoring machine in the Bundesliga. The Bayern Munich striker has only hit fewer than 20 league goals once in his eight seasons in Germany’s top flight. Ominously, he seems to keep getting that little bit better each year. The Poland captain bagged 29 last season and 30 in each of his previous two. He has been one of the most exciting strikers in European football, but his domestic success rarely transfers onto the continental stage.
Lewandowski has been in the running for the Golden Shoe for a few years but has never quite made it. No Bayern player has won the award since Gerd Muller scored 40 goals in 1972, so Lewandowski can make a little history by bagging it this time around.
The 29-year-old is currently the seventh highest scorer in Bundesliga history but, with another solid season, he should jump into the top five - that should be sufficient motivation for another impressive season in front of goal.
After finishing top scorer in 3 of the last 5 years, Bet UK's sportsbook is offering odds of 4/9* for Lewandowski to be the Bundesliga's top scorer again this year.
Will Edinson Cavani Win the Golden Shoe?
Cavani continues to demonstrate his class and added a decent return at the World Cup to another productive season at Paris Saint-Germain. The Uruguayan scored 28 times in Ligue 1 to underline his consistency in front of goal.
The 31-year-old became PSG’s all-time top scorer earlier this year and Cavani has hit more than 30 in each of his 11 seasons in Serie A and Ligue 1. Whoever wins the Golden Shoe this season will certainly need to hit 30. The award has only been won three times with a tally lower since it began in the 1960s.
Quick, strong and prolific, Cavani is equally impressive with his feet or in the air and weighs in with goals from set-pieces. With a fully fit Neymar alongside him, and with the rivalry between the pair growing, the PSG hit men could both challenge for the Golden Shoe this season.
Can Cavani make it 3 years in a row as Ligue 1 top scorer? Bet UK's sports betting feature has Cavani priced up at 8/5*.
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