European Golden Shoe 2023/24: Kane leads standings despite back injury

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese
  • 13 May 2024 02:45 CDT
  • 13 min read
Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Bayern Munich, 2023-24

There is an impressive list of names who have previously triumphed in the European Golden Shoe award and everything is to play for in the 2023/24 season.

Manchester City attacker Erling Haaland won the prestigious prize for the first time last season. His 36-goal Premier League campaign set a new record in England's top-flight and saw off his leading scoring rivals on the continent too.

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His success ended the hopes of Robert Lewandowski, who was bidding to win a third straight European Golden Boot crown. The Barcelona star is among the contenders again this year.

After his transfer saga ended in a move to Bayern Munich, Harry Kane will bid to score the most goals in Europe during 2023/24. He netted 30 top-flight goals for a struggling Tottenham team last season and is one of the continent's most consistent goalscorers, with a magnificent record in the Premier League.

Kylian Mbappe was another attacker facing an uncertain future as the season started. He has come close to winning this award before, scoring 27 or more goals in four of his last five Ligue 1 seasons with Paris Saint-Germain. He is yet to win the European Golden Shoe title, but is likely to be prominent in the standings once more.

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Alexandre Lacazette and Victor Osimhen were other candidates from last season who will be back for more in the 2023/24 campaign, while Mohamed Salah will hope to bounce back from what was a quiet season, at least by his high standards.

Not all of the regular contenders are going to be in the running. At the start of last season, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema were all considered candidates to win the European Golden Boot.

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But with all three of those greats now playing outside of the continent, a new era has begun.

Messi and Ronaldo won 10 European Golden Shoe titles between them
© ProShots - Messi and Ronaldo won 10 European Golden Shoe titles between them

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

This page will be updated throughout the 2023/24 season with regular updates on the European Golden Shoe standings.

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Initially, our table tracking the European Golden Shoe standings will only list players from the top five European leagues, where the winner is most likely to emerge from.

Players from outside the top-five leagues in Europe are eligible to win the Golden Shoe, but the winner has not come from one of those divisions since 2002.

European Golden Shoe Standings

Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, Kylian Mbappe, Lautaro Martinez and Mohamed Salah are leading contenders as the race to win the European Golden Shoe title for the 2023/24 season continues.

But the battle to win the European Golden Boot is still being led by Bayern Munich star Harry Kane, who has held top spot since overtaking the man who led the standings for many of the early weeks of the season, Serhou Guirassy.

Kane has scored 36 goals in just 32 Bundesliga matches, giving him the most goals in Europe’s top five leagues.

A group of elite strikers are chasing Kane, who scored his third hat-trick of the season as Bayern thrashed Dortmund 4-0 in Der Klassiker in November and added a fourth treble in his team's 8-1 thrashing of Mainz on March 9.

The former Tottenham striker has also netted doubles against Heidenheim, Stuttgart, RB Leipzig and Frankfurt as his fine form in the Bundesliga powers him towards a first Golden Shoe crown. However, he did not score as Bayern lost to Dortmund in the Klassiker rematch and also went without a goal against Cologne, with his team struggling domestically this season as Leverkusen stormed to the title.

But Kane did net in the recent matches with Union Berlin and Stuttgart, remaining top despite a back injury ruling him out against Wolfsburg last time out. He now has one Bundesliga match left to consolidate what he hopes is already a winning total in this award.

A dramatic period of goals for Europe's leading attackers has meant there has been some major movement in the positions behind Kane.

Since the early stages of the season, Martinez and Mbappe have been the fastest risers in the standings, ensuring Kane has more than just Guirassy to contend with.

Inter forward Martinez sits 12 goals off the lead, while France star Mbappe is also one of the closest challengers, albeit still nine goals behind Kane after his latest run of Ligue 1 goals for PSG, including a hat-trick in the 6-2 win at Montpellier on March 17.

The leading nine players in the standings all have at least 20 goals in a competitive European Golden Boot battle, though Kane was the first to reach the 20, 25, 30 and 35-goal marks and looks like he will be tough to catch.

European Golden Shoe 2023/24

PlayerGoals Points
Harry Kane (Bayern)3672
Kylian Mbappe (PSG)2754
Serhou Guirassy (Stuttgart)2652
Erling Haaland (Man City)2550
Lois Openda (RB Leipzig)2448
Lautaro Martinez (Inter)2448
Cole Palmer (Chelsea)2142
Alexander Isak (Newcastle)2040
Artem Dovbyk (Girona)2040
Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)1938
Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth)1938
Alexander Sorloth (Villarreal)1938
Deniz Undav (Stuttgart)1836
Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid)1836
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)1836
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)1734
Jonathan David (Lille)1734
Son Heung-min (Tottenham)1734
Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)1734
Ante Budimir (Osasuna)1632
Phil Foden (Man City)1632
Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus)1632
Jarrod Bowen (West Ham)1632
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)1632
Borja Mayoral (Getafe)1530
Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco)1530
Ermedin Demirovic (Augsburg)1530
Victor Osimhen (Napoli)1530

Defending champion Haaland has 25 Premier League strikes for Manchester City so far, ensuring he sits towards the top of the standings as he makes a strong attempt in the race to score the most goals in Europe.

Last season's award winner netted twice for Man City as they thumped Burnley 3-0 on the opening night of the new Premier League season.

He did not strike when Man City played Newcastle but scored a thumping header against Sheffield United in Matchday 3, with the relief on his face clear after he had earlier missed a penalty.

Haaland then scored a ruthless hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Fulham and netted again versus West Ham and Nottingham Forest, with City the only Premier League side with a 100% record through six games until they suffered a shock loss at Wolves, which was followed up by another defeat against title rivals Arsenal.

The Norway star and his team returned to form by defeating Brighton 2-1, with Haaland scoring in the first half. And he netted a double in the Manchester derby as Man City ruthlessly won 3-0 against Man Utd at Old Trafford, before scoring another brace in the unbelievable 4-4 draw at Chelsea.

Haaland's struck again in the 1-1 draw between Man City and Liverpool. He did not score in the two matches he played after that and then suffered a foot injury, so fell further behind during the mid-season period. Salah had moved level with him in the EPL scoring standings, but two goals in City's win over Everton on February 10 and a late winner against Brentford 10 days later kept the Norway striker's hopes alive in this competition.

After netting in the 3-1 derby win over rivals Man Utd on March 3, Haaland scored three times in April as Man City defeated Crystal Palace, Luton Town and Nottingham Forest as the Premier League title race reached a pivotal stage. And he surged up the standings with a stunning four-goal haul as Man City beat Wolves 5-1 on May 4.

The Bundesliga, meanwhile, started with a bang as champions Bayern earned an emphatic 4-0 win away to Werder Bremen to kick off the season.

Leroy Sane scored twice and new signing Kane opened his Bayern account on his Bundesliga debut to make it a great night for Thomas Tuchel's side.

Kane was at it again on MD2, marking his first home appearance with a double as Bayern beat Augsburg 3-1, while his first hat-trick for his new team soon arrived too as they recorded a fantastic 7-0 win over Bochum.

Another Kane hat-trick came as Bayern thrashed Darmstadt in October, with that treble including a stunning strike from inside his own half. The England captain has 36 goals and 72 Golden Shoe points.

Kane was the first player in Europe to reach 50 points this season, while Sane is also impressing having reached eight goals and 11 assists.

Guirassy has netted 26 times in only 27 games in Germany's top-flight so far this season, so he remains close behind. He was the second player after Kane to make it to 50 Golden Shoe points.

The Stuttgart forward has netted two hat-tricks in 2023/24, striking trebles against Mainz and Wolfsburg to propel himself towards the top of the standings.

On March 2, Guirassy again tormented Wolfsburg by scoring a double against them to help earn Stuttgart a key 3-2 win before grabbing further goals against Union Berlin, Hoffenheim, Heidenheim, Dortmund, Frankfurt and Augsburg.

Bundesliga trio Lois Openda, Victor Boniface and Ermedin Demirovic are among the other players in Germany to have enjoyed strong scoring seasons.

Mbappe has moved on to 27 Ligue 1 goals for the campaign. He made a flying start for PSG early in the season until coming off with an injury in the win against rivals Marseille in September and enduring two subsequent goalless outings.

But after a brief dip the striker has been on consistent goalscoring form with 20 goals since October 21.

Amid an uncertain summer, Mbappe got off the mark for PSG after coming off the bench against Toulouse, winning and scoring a penalty and has impressed once again.

And he followed that up the next week with a fine performance in his first Ligue 1 start of the season, scoring twice in a good 3-1 win over Lens for the French champions.

His other doubles have followed against Lyon, Nice and Brest before he scored a fine hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Reims. Mbappe then got another double as PSG defeated Metz on December 20 and reached 20 goals for the season on February 2 against Strasbourg, the second player to hit that milestone after Kane. His latest brace came in the victory over Lorient.

Monaco star Wissam Ben Yedder, who has regularly appeared as a contender in the Golden Shoe standings over recent seasons, has 15 goals so far.

In Italy, Inter forward Martinez has produced an impressive campaign in Serie A and quite promptly followed Kane and Mbappe in reaching 20 goals in February. He has since followed up with four more putting him eight clear of Dusan Vlahovic in the Serie A scoring standings and a huge nine ahead of Victor Osimhen.

Martinez came off the bench to score four goals in a stunning Serie A display for Inter against Salernitana in September.

Real Madrid midfielder Bellingham has made a brilliant start to life in La Liga, scoring 18 goals and adding four assists. He had a goal and an assist to inspire Real Madrid's comeback 3-2 win over Almeria in January before netting a crucial double as his team thumped title rivals Girona 4-0. The England star's most recent goal was the winner in El Clasico.

Alvaro Morata has also been in fine goalscoring form. His double in the derby win over Real Madrid and hat-trick in the dramatic 4-3 defeat to Girona has helped him up to 14 for the campaign so far, while his Atletico team-mate Antoine Griezmann is flying as well, having reached 13 strikes, helped by a hat-trick away to Celta Vigo.

Both those players also impressed in this season's UEFA Champions League before Atletico were eliminated in the quarter-finals..

Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski is on 17 goals, just one behind Bellingham and now ahead of Morata after a strong finish to the season. But it is Artem Dovbyk who leads the scoring standings in Spain.

It has been an impressive start for many of Europe's top scorers. For a while we had a surprise name sitting at the top of the Golden Shoe charts, but now Kane is staking his claim for a first title.

Who won the European Golden Shoe - Previous Winners

Lionel Messi has won the most European Golden Shoe titles.

The Inter Miami forward has triumphed on six occasions. His last success was in 2018/19 for Barcelona, and he did not win the award with PSG.

Lionel Messi has won the most Golden Shoe awards
© ProShots - Lionel Messi has won the most Golden Shoe awards

Cristiano Ronaldo is his closest challenger with four career wins, though the Al-Nassr attacker has not come out on top since 2014/15 when he was at Real Madrid, with his most recent spell at Man Utd not hitting the heights of his first.

European Golden Shoe: Most Wins

PlayerGolden Shoe Wins
1. Lionel Messi6
2. Cristiano Ronaldo4
3. Robert Lewandowski2
=3. Luis Suarez2
=3. Thierry Henry2
=3. Diego Forlan2
=3. Mario Jardel2
=3. Ally McCoist2
=3. Fernando Gomes2
=3. Dudu Georgescu2
=3. Gerd Muller2
=3. Eusebio2

Robert Lewandowski’s triumph in 2021/22 means there are 10 players who have two Golden Shoe awards each, a list that also includes Luis Suarez and Thierry Henry.

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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 in 2014/15.

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 for Bayern being the best goal tally since 2015.

Robert Lewandowski is a double Golden Shoe winner
© ProShots - Robert Lewandowski is a double Golden Shoe winner

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, despite the likes of Messi, Mbappe and Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing in the league.

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Success for Erling Haaland in 2022/23 gave the Norway star his first European Golden Boot title.

Haaland gave the Premier League its first Golden Shoe winner for nine years
© ProShots - Haaland gave the Premier League its first Golden Shoe winner for nine years

Haaland was the first Premier League winner since Suarez achieved the feat with Liverpool in 2013/14.

Recent Golden Shoe Winners

2022/23Erling HaalandMan City36/72
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.

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For the leagues ranked sixth to 21 in Uefa's coefficients rankings - which includes the top-flights in Portugal and Netherlands - 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).

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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 2023/24 European Golden Shoe race. All the details from the 2022/23 season can be found here.

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