The European Golden Shoe

Argentine forward Lionel Messi is the player with the most European Golden Shoe awards, a record six won at Barcelona.

Argentine forward Lionel Messi is the player with the most European Golden Shoe awards, a record six won at Barcelona.

The European Golden Shoe is an annual award that is presented to the highest league scorer in Europe at the end of each season.

Only league goals from the top division are eligible for the European Golden Shoe, with each strike earning points in a weighted system depending on the quality of league.

The award was created in 1968 and until 1991 the prize simply went to the highest goalscorer on the continent, regardless of the strength of league. The rules were then changed to the current weighting system as too many players from weaker leagues had been winning the prize.

Lionel Messi has won the most European Golden Shoe titles. The Argentine legend has triumphed on six occasions, most recently in 2018/19 for Barcelona.

The European Golden Shoe is an annual award that is presented to the highest league scorer in Europe at the end of each season.

Only league goals from the top division are eligible for the European Golden Shoe, with each strike earning points in a weighted system depending on the quality of league.

The award was created in 1968 and until 1991 the prize simply went to the highest goalscorer on the continent, regardless of the strength of league. The rules were then changed to the current weighting system as too many players from weaker leagues had been winning the prize.

Lionel Messi has won the most European Golden Shoe titles. The Argentine legend has triumphed on six occasions, most recently in 2018/19 for Barcelona.

List of The European Golden Shoe winners

Year Player Team Goals Points
2020–21 Robert Lewandowski
FC Bayern Munchen
41 82
2019–20 Ciro Immobile
Lazio
36 72
2018–19 Lionel Messi
Barcelona
36 72
2017–18 Lionel Messi
Barcelona
34 68
2016–17 Lionel Messi
Barcelona
37 74
2015–16 Luis Suárez
Barcelona
40 80
2014–15 Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
48 96
2013–14 Luis Suárez
Liverpool FC
31 62
2012–13 Lionel Messi
Barcelona
46 92
2011–12 Lionel Messi
Barcelona
50 100
2010–11 Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
40 80
2009–10 Lionel Messi
Barcelona
34 68
2008–09 Diego Forlán
Atletico de Madrid
32 64
2007–08 Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United
31 62
2006–07 Francesco Totti
A.S. Roma
26 52
2005–06 Luca Toni
Fiorentina
31 62
2004–05 Thierry Henry
Arsenal FC
25 50
2003–04 Thierry Henry
Arsenal FC
30 60
2002–03 Roy Makaay
RC Deportivo de La Coruna
29 58
2001–02 Mário Jardel
Sporting Lisbon
42 63
2000–01 Henrik Larsson
Celtic FC
35 52
1999–2000 Kevin Phillips (footballer)
Sunderland AFC
30 60
1998–99 Mário Jardel
Porto
36 72
1997–98 Nikos Machlas
Vitesse
34 68
1996–97 Ronaldo (Brazilian footballer)
Barcelona
34 68
1995–96 Zviad Endeladze
Margveti
40
1994–95 Arsen Avetisyan
Pyunik
39
1993–94 David Taylor (Welsh footballer)
CPD Porthmadog
43
1992–93 Ally McCoist
Rangers
34
1991–92 Ally McCoist
Rangers
34
1990–91 Darko Pančev
Red Star Belgrade
34
1989–90 Hugo Sánchez
Real Madrid
38
1988–89 Dorin Mateuț
FC Dinamo 1948
43
1987–88 Tanju Çolak
Galatasaray A.S.
39
1986–87 Toni Polster
Austria Vienna
39
1985–86 Marco van Basten
Ajax
37
1984–85 Fernando Gomes (football)
Porto
39
1983–84 Ian Rush
Liverpool FC
32
1982–83 Fernando Gomes (football)
Porto
36
1981–82 Wim Kieft
Ajax
32
1980–81 Georgi Slavkov
Botev Plovdiv
31
1979–80 Erwin Vandenbergh
Lierse Kempenzonen
39
1978–79 Kees Kist
AZ Alkmaar
34
1977–78 Hans Krankl
Rapid Vienna
41
1976–77 Dudu Georgescu
FC Dinamo 1948
47
1975–76 Sotiris Kaiafas
Omonia Nicosia
39
1974–75 Dudu Georgescu
FC Dinamo 1948
33
1973–74 Héctor Yazalde
Sporting Lisbon
46
1972–73 Eusébio
Benfica
40
1971–72 Gerd Müller
FC Bayern Munchen
40
1970–71 Josip Skoblar
Marseille
44
1969–70 Gerd Müller
FC Bayern Munchen
38
1968–69 Petar Zhekov
CSKA-Sofia
36
1967–68 Eusébio
Benfica
42

European Golden Shoe winners by nationality

Country Win(s) Year(s)
Argentina
Argentina
7 2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, 2012–13, 2011–12, 2009–10, 1973–74
Portugal
Portugal
7 2014–15, 2010–11, 2007–08, 1984–85, 1982–83, 1972–73, 1967–68
Netherlands
Netherlands
4 2002–03, 1985–86, 1981–82, 1978–79
Brazil
Brazil
3 2001–02, 1998–99, 1996–97
Italy
Italy
3 2019–20, 2006–07, 2005–06
Romania
Romania
3 1988–89, 1976–77, 1974–75
Uruguay
Uruguay
3 2015–16, 2013–14, 2008–09
Austria
Austria
2 1986–87, 1977–78
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
2 1980–81, 1968–69
France
France
2 2004–05, 2003–04
Germany
Germany
2 1971–72, 1969–70
Scotland
Scotland
2 1992–93, 1991–92
Wales
Wales
2 1993–94, 1983–84
Yugoslavia
2 1990–91, 1970–71
Armenia
Armenia
1 1994–95
Belgium
Belgium
1 1979–80
Cyprus
Cyprus
1 1975–76
England
England
1 1999–2000
Georgia (country)
1 1995–96
Greece
Greece
1 1997–98
Mexico
Mexico
1 1989–90
Poland
Poland
1 2020–21
Sweden
Sweden
1 2000–01
Turkey
Turkey
1 1987–88

European Golden Shoe winners by club

Country Win(s) Year(s)
8 2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, 2015–16, 2012–13, 2011–12, 2009–10, 1996–97
3 2020–21, 1971–72, 1969–70
3 1988–89, 1976–77, 1974–75
3 1998–99, 1984–85, 1982–83
3 2014–15, 2010–11, 1989–90
2 1985–86, 1981–82
2 2004–05, 2003–04
2 1972–73, 1967–68
2 2013–14, 1983–84
2 1992–93, 1991–92
2 2001–02, 1973–74
1 1978–79
1 2008–09
1 1986–87
1 1980–81
1 1968–69
1 2000–01
1 1990–91
1 2005–06
1 1987–88
1 2002–03
1 2019–20
1 1979–80
1 2007–08
Margveti
Margveti
1 1995–96
1 1970–71
Omonia Nicosia
Omonia Nicosia
1 1975–76
CPD Porthmadog
CPD Porthmadog
1 1993–94
1 1994–95
1 1977–78
1 2006–07
1 1999–2000
1 1997–98