European Golden Shoe 2022/23: Haaland triumphs over Kane and Mbappe

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese
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Erling Haaland, Man City, 2022-23
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The race to be crowned European Golden Shoe winner for 2022/23 has now reached its conclusion.

Robert Lewandowski had won the last two editions of the award and came into the campaign seeking to match Lionel Messi (2016-2019) by winning three in a row.

He scored 35 goals for Bayern Munich last season to give him 70 Golden Shoe points and a comfortable European golden boot victory that rarely looked in doubt.

However, having won the last two awards for Bayern, it is Barcelona who Lewandowski is representing this season after his high-profile transfer to La Liga.

One of his main rivals last year, Karim Benzema, is on the other side of the Clasico divide with Real Madrid and their battle will now be even more intriguing with both star strikers playing in Spain’s top flight.

Kylian Mbappe came into the new season as the other most likely contender.

The PSG sensation came second last season with 28 goals in Ligue 1 and will push to make an even stronger challenge in 2022/23.

Mbappe was spectacular last season
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In the Premier League, Erling Haaland moved to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund in a huge transfer and was immediately installed as favourite to top the English goalscoring charts.

Haaland has impressed and is looking to challenge to score the most goals in Europe for 2022/23 with his new team, with Mohamed Salah - a prolific scorer for Liverpool - another big name to watch in England’s top flight along with Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

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Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were not to be ignored either, given that duo have regularly dominated these standings in years gone by - though the latter ended up leaving Man Utd in November.

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Surprise contenders have often emerged in the past as well, with former Golden Shoe winner Ciro Immobile now a regular challenger given his remarkable goalscoring consistency for Lazio.

This page was updated throughout the 2022/23 season with regular updates on the European Golden Shoe standings.


Erling Haaland has won the race for the European Golden Shoe title, finishing comfortably clear of Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe at the top of the standings.

While Kane, Victor Osimhen, Alexandre Lacazette and Mbappe emerged as his main rivals in the standings, Manchester City striker Haaland quickly built a commanding advantage and was relentless in keeping it.

Haaland has enjoyed an incredible spell since scoring eight goals in two games against RB Leipzig and Burnley in March. Although both matches were not in the Premier League, meaning they did not boost his Golden Shoe lead, the matches kickstarted another sensational run of form.

He boosted his points total to 64 when he reached 32 Premier League goals for the season in the 3-1 win over Leicester City, having also scored against Southampton after being out injured for Man City's impressive win over Liverpool.

And he struck again as Man City beat Arsenal 4-1, while his penalty against Fulham and header against Everton improved his goal total further.

Haaland looked unlikely to be caught since being boosted by his hat-trick against Wolves on January 22.

Barcelona star Robert Lewandowski's dreams of a third straight success have come to an end, and the rest of the group of elite forwards chasing Haaland, which includes Osimhen, Kane and Mbappe, were ultimately faced with impossible task to catch him as the season progressed.

Man City forward Haaland topped the European golden boot standings with an incredible 36 goals in the Premier League, which is comfortably the highest total in all of Europe’s five major divisions, giving him 72 points.

Haaland has scored four Premier League hat-tricks since moving to England from Dortmund, including a treble as his side thrashed rivals Man Utd 6-3 in the first Manchester derby of the season.

He made history by becoming the first Premier League player ever to score 20 goals before January and has built a big lead at the top of the European Golden Boot standings.

By January 22, he had already racked up more goals than Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min (both 23) managed across the full previous season to win the EPL Golden Boot for 2021/22.

The goal against Bournemouth on February 25 means he has already beaten the record held by Sergio Aguero (26) for most goals by a Man City player in a Premier League season.

And when he reached 30 goals for the EPL campaign by scoring twice at Southampton on April 8, Haaland has ensured his goalscoring campaign will always sit in elite company.

He later moved clear of the competition's single season record of 34, hitting the 35-goal mark with a strike in the home win against West Ham on May 3.

Haaland always looked to be on course for a record-breaking season if he remained free of any prolonged injury absences and has duly delivered.

Despite Haaland’s sensational campaign, though, there are multiple other top forwards who have racked up more than 20 goals, meaning a triumph for the Man City man was not always a foregone conclusion.

Haaland hit the ground running with Man City
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Tottenham forward Kane also spent much of the season in the running, scoring 12 times since the start of March in the Premier League to move up to 30 strikes, the sixth time he has reached or passed the 20-goal top-flight milestone. By hitting 30 on the last day of the EPL season, he matched his career-best total.

He is now Tottenham's all-time record goalscorer, and has remained consistent in front of goal despite a turbulent period for Spurs that saw manager Antonio Conte depart and his side thrashed 6-1 by Newcastle.

Napoli star Osimhen was in the group of high-profile players involved in the battle to score the most goals in Europe for 2022/23.

Osimhen (52 Golden Shoe points) surged clear as the top scorer in Serie A and finished in the top five of the European Golden Shoe rankings.

In a remarkable season for the Nigeria forward, he scored 26 Serie A goals.

Osimhen lost momentum slightly towards the end of the season. The two games against Lazio and Atalanta in March were his first league outings for two months where he did not find the net. He also spent three weeks out injured, ending his hopes of catching Man City star Haaland, but returned to help Napoli seal a historic Scudetto.

Paris Saint-Germain attacker Mbappe was also constantly in the chasing pack.

He has moved on to 29 Ligue 1 goals – moving three ahead of Osimhen in the Golden Shoe race - with a sublime run of form.

Mbappe scored a double in PSG's incredible 4-3 victory over Lille and add another two goals against rivals Marseille before wrapping up the recent win over Nantes with a late goal. He added another goal in the 2-1 win over Brest as PSG grabbed a last-gasp win.

The strike against Nantes on March 4 made Mbappe PSG’s all-time record goalscorer.

But a goal and an assist against Lens saw him pass 20 league goals for the fourth time in five seasons. Two goals in the 2-1 win over Angers and a bizarre strike in the defeat to Lorient then continued his recent run, prior to another goal as PSG saw off Troyes.

The hot streak for Mbappe continued with two goals as PSG thrashed Ajaccio 5-0 and then another double at Auxerre before he finished with a strike against Clermont.

It was an up-and-down campaign for Mbappe, who had also been frustrated after failing to score in each of his three top-flight matches in January, had another poor run of form around the March international break, contended with an injury that briefly kept him out of action and suffered Champions League disappointment.

Nonetheless, Mbappe has once again posted another strong Golden Shoe performance in 2022/23, and his third place this time is an impressive follow-up to being the runner-up in 2021/22.

Barca forward Lewandowski netted 23 times in La Liga from 34 appearances (33 starts).

But he only scored 10 times in the second half of the season for Barca and has missed time through suspension and injuries this season, hindering his hopes of making up ground on rampant Haaland.

Lewandowski was six goals ahead of Man Utd star Marcus Rashford, who finished just outside the top 20 with 34 Golden Shoe points, eventually finishing behind the likes of Haaland, Kane and Ivan Toney in the Premier League scoring charts.

The Bundesliga goalscoring charts were topped by Niclas Fullkrug and Christopher Nkunku, who both had 16 goals to their names in Germany. Like Rashford, they narrowly missed out on the top 20 after being regulars in the standings for much of the year.

Osimhen, meanwhile, faced a challenge in Italy from in-form Inter striker Lautaro Martinez, who reached 21 goals.

Each member of PSG’s star strike-force fared well in the 2022/23 Golden Shoe race.

PSG stars Lionel Messi and Neymar ended up on 16 and 13 league goals respectively for the season so far.

Messi has produced a fantastic season, showing fine form for PSG either side of his World Cup win, ahead of his departure.

The Argentina star had 16 top-flight goals, as well as 16 assists. He scored a fine free-kick in PSG’s 2-1 win over Nice at the start of October and netted against the same opponents, as well as getting an assist, in a 2-0 win on Saturday April 8.

His return to the pitch with PSG after his exploits in Qatar was a goalscoring one as his team won against Angers.

Messi has nine goals since the World Cup. He scored in clashes with Montpellier, Toulouse, Lille, Nantes, Nice, Lens, and Strasbourg, while also starring against Marseille on February 26 with one goal and two assists.

Neymar also enjoyed a prolific campaign which included a strike against Reims and two goal involvements - a goal and assist - against Lille, but another ankle injury in February ruled him out for the rest of the season and ended his chance of posting a big total.

Lyon's Lacazette was also near the top of the standings in the Golden Shoe charts with 27 Ligue 1 goals, putting him in the mix with the likes of Mbappe and Lille attacker Jonathan David in a competitive golden boot battle in France.

There were an incredible 22 players in the French top-flight who hit double figures, a list topped by Mbappe (28 goals), Lacazette (27 goals), David (24 goals), Folarin Balogun (21 goals), Lois Openda (21 goals) and Habib Diallo (20 goals).

Not all of the pre-season contenders were holding out much hope of catching Haaland in the Golden Shoe standings as the campaign progressed.

Mohamed Salah was further down the standings than normal, though he rallied to 19 Premier League goals for Liverpool. The attacker's form picked up of late and he was superb in the Reds’ famous 7-0 win over Manchester United, scoring twice, and had seven goals and five assists in his last 10 EPL matches.

In the group of players on 19 goals and 38 Golden Shoe points you also find Real Madrid great Karim Benzema, whose cause this season was not helped by some ill-timed injury absences.

But Benzema scored a double against Real Valladolid on December 30, setting up a bigger second half of the season, a sentiment boosted when he struck again in games with Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao, before netting two penalties against Elche.

Benzema then grabbed a hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed Valladolid 6-0 and bounced back from going three straight La Liga matches without a goal by netting another treble in the win over Almeria.

Lazio’s Ciro Immobile had just 12 strikes to his name this season after a quiet run in 2023 which has only seen him score six times in Serie A.

Romelu Lukaku, after returning to Inter, and Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic, were among the notable Serie A candidates as the Italian campaign began, but Osimhen, Martinez, Boulaye Dia and Rafael Leao were the only players to reach 15 goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, only scored once in the Premier League this season, and that strike at Everton on October 9 was his sole goal in domestic action for Man Utd before his departure.

2022/23 European Golden Shoe

Erling Haaland (Man City)3672
Harry Kane (Tottenham)3060
Kylian Mbappe (PSG)2958
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)2754
Victor Osimhen (Napoli)2652
Jonathan David (Lille)2448
Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)2346
Enner Valencia (Fenerbahce)2943.5
Lautaro Martinez (Inter)2142
Folarin Balogun (Reims)2142
Lois Openda (Lens)2142
Ivan Toney (Brentford)2040
Habib Diallo (Strasbourg)2040
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)1938
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)1938
Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco)1938
Sepe Elye Wahi (Montpellier)1938
Callum Wilson (Newcastle)1836
Terem Moffi (Nice)1836

Who won the European Golden Shoe - Previous Winners

Lionel Messi has won the most European Golden Shoe titles.

The PSG forward has triumphed on six occasions, most recently in 2018/19 for Barcelona.

Lionel Messi has won the most Golden Shoe awards
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Cristiano Ronaldo is his closest challenger with four career wins, though the Man Utd attacker has not come out on top since 2014/15 when he was at Real Madrid.

Robert Lewandowski’s triumph last year means there are now 10 players who have two awards apiece, a list that also includes Luis Suarez and Thierry Henry.

Messi holds the record for most goals and points in a season as well. He remarkably scored 50 goals in 2011/12, earning himself 100 points.

Ronaldo has come closest to breaking that, scoring 48 goals for 96 points when he last won the crown more than seven years ago.

Argentina forward Messi is the only player in European Golden Shoe history to win the title three years in a row, doing so from 2016/17 until 2018/19.

Ronaldo, though, is one of only four players to have won the title with different clubs. The others are Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Mario Jardel.

Lewandowski became the first Bundesliga winner since 1972 with the first of his two triumphs in the 2020/21 season, with his remarkable 41 goals from 29 games being the best goal tally since 2015.

Robert Lewandowski is a double Golden Shoe winner
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That came after Ciro Immobile won the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe, scoring 36 goals for Lazio in a tremendous Serie A season.

It was his first title, with the striker becoming the first Serie A player to have the most goals in Europe since Francesco Totti triumphed for Lazio's rivals Roma in 2006/07.

Ligue 1 has not produced a winner since Josip Skoblar in 1971, a statistic the likes of Messi and Mbappe are hoping to change soon.

Recent Golden Shoe Winners

2021/22Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich35/70
2020/21Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich41/82
2019/20Ciro ImmobileLazio36/72
2018/19Lionel MessiBarcelona36/72
2017/18Lionel MessiBarcelona34/68
2016/17Lionel MessiBarcelona37/74
2015/16Luis SuarezBarcelona40/80
2014/15Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid48/96
2013/14Suarez/Ronaldo (shared)Liverpool/Madrid31/62
2012/13Lionel MessiBarcelona46/92

What are the European Golden Shoe rules and weightings?

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

The five elite leagues - Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 - all carry a weighting of 2, meaning that a player will be awarded two points for every goal they score in these competitions.

For the leagues ranked sixth to 21 in Uefa's coefficients rankings - which includes the top-flights in Portugal, Netherlands and Russia - goals scored are given a weighting of 1.5, and goals scored in a league outside the top 21 are given a weighting of 1.

That was not always the case in the European Golden Shoe. From 1968 until 1991, the award simply went to the highest goalscorer on the continent, regardless of the strength of league.

Awards were not initially handed out between 1991 until 1996, when the new system came into force. Since then, only two players playing outside what were the five highest-ranked leagues at the time have ever won the Golden Shoe - Henrik Larsson (2000/01) and Mario Jardel (2001/02).

The Golden Shoe has been tied in the past, most recently when Suarez and Ronaldo shared the honour in 2013/14. Going forward, though, the award will be given to the player who has played the fewest minutes if two of them end up on the same number of points.

This page covers the 2022/23 European Golden Shoe race. All the details for the 2023/24 season can be found here on our standings page.