European Golden Shoe
Golden Shoe, Lionel Messi 2012-2013.jpg
Awarded for Main goalscorer from the highest division of each European nationwide league
Offered by L’Équipe (1968–1991)
European Sports activities Media (1997–Current)
First awarded 1968 (awarded for many targets scored within the 1967–68 season)
At the moment held by Italy Ciro Motionless (1st award)
Most awards Argentina Lionel Messi (6 awards)
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The European Golden Shoe, often known as European Golden Boot, is an award that’s offered every season to the main goalscorer in league matches from the highest division of each European nationwide league. The trophy is a sculpture of a soccer boot. From its inception within the 1967–68 season, the award, initially known as Soulier d’Or, which interprets from French as Golden Shoe or Boot, has been given to the highest goalscorer in all European leagues throughout a season. Since 1997, it has been calculated utilizing a weighting in favour of the best ranked leagues. Initially offered by L’Équipe journal, it has been awarded by the European Sports activities Media because the 1996–97 season. Lionel Messi holds the report for profitable this award 6 instances.

Historical past[edit]

Between 1968 and 1991, the award was given to the best goalscorer in any European league. This was whatever the power of the league by which the highest scorer performed and the variety of video games by which the participant had taken half. Throughout this era Eusébio, Gerd Müller, Dudu Georgescu and Fernando Gomes every gained the Golden Shoe twice.[1]

Following a protest from the Cyprus FA, which claimed {that a} Cypriot participant with 40 targets ought to have obtained the award (although the official prime scorers for the season are each listed with 19 targets), L’Équipe issued no awards between 1991 and 1996.

For the reason that 1996–97 season, European Sports activities Media have awarded the Golden Shoe primarily based on a factors system that enables gamers in more durable leagues to win even when they rating fewer targets than a participant in a weaker league. The weightings are decided by the league’s rating on the UEFA coefficients, which in flip rely on the outcomes of every league’s golf equipment in European competitors over the earlier 5 seasons. Targets scored within the prime 5 leagues in line with the UEFA coefficients listing are multiplied by an element of two, targets scored within the leagues ranked 6 to 22 (beforehand 9 to 21) are multiplied by an element of 1.5, and targets scored in leagues ranked 22 and under are multiplied by an element of 1.[2] Thus, targets scored in greater ranked leagues will depend for greater than these scored in weaker leagues.[3] Since this modification, there have solely been two winners who weren’t enjoying in one of many prime 5 leagues (Henrik Larsson, 2000–01 Scottish Premier League and Mario Jardel, 1998–99 Primeira Divisão and 2001–02 Primeira Liga).

Though the Golden Shoe might be shared amongst a number of gamers prior to now, within the 2019–20 season this rule was modified to present the award to the participant with the least minutes performed, ought to there be a tie on factors.[4]


Lionel Messi is the all time report winner of the award, having gained it six instances total. He additionally holds the report for many targets and most factors in a single season (50 and 100 respectively, in 2011–12).

Eusébio was the primary winner of the prize in 1968.

Gerd Müller was the primary participant to win the award twice, in 1970 and 1972.
Participant (X)
Denotes the variety of instances the participant had gained the award at the moment
Denotes participant’s staff gained league that season
  1. ^ Authentic 1986–87 season winner Rodion Cămătaru (with 44 targets) was disqualified later and the trophy was awarded to Polster in 1990. Nonetheless, Cămătaru was allowed to maintain his copy of the trophy.
  2. ^ Darko Pančev bought his prize for 1990–91 season later, solely in 2006,[6] following a protest from Cyprus the place a participant supposedly scored 40 targets (although the official topscorers for the season, Suad Beširević and Panayiotis Xiourouppas, are listed with 19 targets every). Attributable to this affair, France Soccer determined to make the competitors unofficial.


A number of winners[edit]

Lionel Messi is the one participant to win the award six instances, all with Barcelona. Messi holds the all-time report for targets in a single season with 50 in 2011–12, which accrued to a report 100 factors. Bayern Munich’s Gerd Müller was the primary participant to win the award twice, in 1969–70 and 1971–72. Messi was the primary participant to win the award 3 times, Cristiano Ronaldo was the primary participant to win the award 4 instances, and Messi once more was the primary, and thus far solely, participant to win it 5 and 6 instances. Solely Lionel Messi (2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19) has gained the award for 3 years in a row. Thierry Henry (2003–04, 2004–05), Lionel Messi (2011–12, 2012–13 and 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19), Cristiano Ronaldo (2013–14, 2014–15) and Ally McCoist (1991–92, 1992–93) have gained the award in consecutive years. Diego Forlán (Villarreal, Atlético Madrid), Luis Suárez (Liverpool, Barcelona), Mário Jardel (Porto, Sporting CP) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Actual Madrid) are the one gamers to have gained the award with two golf equipment.

Winners by membership[edit]

Winners by nationality[edit]

Winners by league[edit]

2020–21 season standings[edit]

As of 21 March 2021
  1. ^ Within the case of a tie on factors, gamers are ranked by fewest minutes performed.
  2. ^ The championships of the highest 5 international locations within the UEFA rankings have an element of two, the international locations ranked from sixth to 22nd place an element of 1.5. Different international locations have an element of 1.
  3. ^ Molde’s 2–zero away win over 1899 Hoffenheim of their Europa League tie on 25 February 2021 resulted in Norway’s UEFA affiliation coefficient transferring from 24th to 22nd.


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