Lazio striker Ciro Immobile won the 2019/20 Golden Shoe award after an imperresive goalscoring season in the Serie A.
Immobile finished the season with 36 goals. He scored 11 more goals than Messi, 5 more goals than Ronaldo and 2 mores goal than Lewandowski, who ended their season with 25, 31 and 34 goals respectively.
What is the Golden Shoe?
The Golden Shoe (sometimes referred to as the European Golden Boot) is an award that is given to the player who finishes the season as the leading league scorer of all of Europe’s top-flight leagues.
The award was first introduced for the 1967-68 season by French football magazine L’Equipe – who called the award the Soulier d’Or, which translates to ‘Golden Shoe’.
European Sports Media (ESM) took over the responsibility for awarding the Golden Shoe since the 1996-97 seaosn.
Criteria for awarding the Golden Shoe
Since ESM took over the running of the Golden Shoe award in 1996-97, a points system based on league strength has been utilised in order to determine the top scorer.
UEFA’s coefficient is the yardstick for points weighting and the idea behind it is to reward players who score goals in leagues that are considered to be of a higher standard – thus more difficult to score in.
Goals scored in the continent’s top five leagues are multiplied by a factor of two, those scored in the leagues six to 21 are multiplied by a factor of 1.5 and the remaining leagues by a factor of one.
The top five European leagues are: the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1.
Winner of the first Golden Shoe in 1968
The winner of the first Golden Shoe award was Portuguese star Eusébio. Eusébio scored 43 goals for Benfica in 1968 Primeira Liga season. Eusébio received the Golden Boot award again later in 1973 when he scored 40 goals.
Below are winners of the Golden Show since 2000
|2020||Ciro Immobile||Lazio||Serie A||36||72|
|2019||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||La Liga||36||72|
|2018||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||La Liga||34||68|
|2017||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||La Liga||37||74|
|2016||Luis Suarez||Barcelona||La Liga||40||80|
|2015||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||La Liga||48||96|
|2014||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||La Liga||31||62|
|2013||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||La Liga||46||92|
|2012||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||La Liga||50||100|
|2011||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||La Liga||40||80|
|2010||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||La Liga||34||68|
|2009||Diego Forlán||Athletico Madrid||La Liga||32||64|
|2008||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||Premier League||31||62|
|2007||Francesco Totti||Roma||Serie A||26||52|
|2006||Luca Toni||Fiorentina||Serie A||31||62|
|2005||Thierry Henry||Arsenal||Premier League||25||50|
|2004||Thierry Henry||Arsenal||Premier League||30||60|
|2003||Roy Makaay||Deportivo||La Liga||29||58|
|2001||Henrik Larsson||Celtic||Premier League||35||70|
|2000||Kevin Phillips||Sunderland||Premier League||30||70|
Other footballers who won the award prior to 2000 are Gerd Muller, Hugo Sanchez, Marco van Basten, Ian Rush and Hristo Stoichkov, Ronaldo, Nikos Machlas and Mario Jardel.
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