European Golden Shoe final standings and where Premier League winner Jamie Vardy ranks

European Golden Shoe final standings and where Premier League winner Jamie Vardy ranks

Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi will pick up this season’s European Golden Sohe award.

The duo have won it for nine of the past 10 seasons – with Luis Suarez the only man to break their duopoly.

This year’s winner is nevertheless a worthy one however, with Lazio and Italy striker Ciro Immobile having outscored Ronaldo in Serie A, his 36 league goals leaving no room for debate.

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy is the only Premier League representative in this year’s top 10 following his successful season, with the veteran hitman bagging 23 times.

The award works based on points rather than goals alone and are affected by UEFA’s coefficient rankings. That mean you goals get multiplied by a certain figure – the figure is larger if you score goals in Germany or England (x2), as opposed to Switzerland (x1.5), for example.

Without further ado, the top 10 marksman on this years list are below.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City poses with the Premier League’s golden boot

10. Shon Weissman

Weissman smashed home 30 times for Austrian side Wolfsberger.

It doesn’t matter that you’ve probably never heard of them or him, what does matter is that his exploits have seen him linked with Celtic and Leeds.

The latter especially, with Marcelo Bielsa at the helm, don’t just target anyone.

Weissman’s goals came despite his side finishing fourth – ten points off the champions.

But the striker’s productivity was such that he scored 60 per cent of his teams goals.

9. Jean-Pierre Nsame

Jean-Pierre Nsame scored 30 times in Switzerland

The Cameroon international scored 30 times for Young Boys in the Swiss league. The standard of competition counts against him though.

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Nsame’s goals helped fire his side to the league title as they finished five points clear of their nearest challengers.

The 27-year-old will have been a teenager when Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o was winning his first European Cup.

His exploits have seen him linked with a move to Rangers who may be looking to replace Alfredo Morelos.

8. Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian’s move to Inter Milan proved to be an inspired choice

Pushed down the pecking order at Old Trafford by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but Antonio Conte was happy to make him the No.1 pick in Milan.

Inter paid a hefty £66.75m for the Belgian who has scored 29 times in all competitions to help them finish second to Juventus.

23 of those came in Serie A as his relationship with Lautaro Martinez continues to flourish.

Lukaku has been prolific wherever he has been starting with his breakout year at West Brom almost a decade ago.

7. Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy continues to improve with age

The Premier League’s only representative in the top 10 after he landed his second Golden Boot at the age of 33.

Eight years ago he had also picked up the same award in the National League. He was Premier League top scorer during Leicester’s title success Upwardly mobile. 

Leicester’s main man enjoyed a more productive season than when the Foxes lifted the title four years ago.

His pace continues to be his greatest asset and his decision to retire from international football looks more and more like England’s loss.

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Brendan Rodgers has helped breathe new life into the former non-league star and Vardy has looked as polished a player as ever.

6. Erling Haaland

The young striker has been a revelation

The man who slipped through Manchester United’s grasp.

He matched his father’s feat of scoring at Anfield when he netted for Red Bull Salzburg and his exploits on the European stage really caught people attention.

He made a switch in January from Austria to Germany when he signed with Borussia Dortmund and, almost unsurprisingly, scored a hat-trick on his debut.

Haaland scored 29 across the two different Bundesliga.

5. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has broken several records this term

The Argentine will not win the award and being only fifth on this list comes as something of a shock.

But as Messi continues to evolve as his careers grows older he has smashed countless records in what has been a poor Barcelona side.

His 25 goals go alongside 21 assists for the Catalan giants despite them losing the La Liga title to bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Across all formats the 33-year-old has scored 30 times in 42 appearances. 

4. Timo Werner

Timo Werner’s goals earned him a move to Chelsea

The German has long been seen as one of the continent’s top finishers but this is the year he really hit the grand stage.

So much so that he will be playing for Chelsea next year after they paid RB Leipzig his release clause.

Werner holds several Bundesliga scoring records and this term registered the highest tally of his career as he scored 28 times domestically and 34 times in all competitions.

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He hit the winner in a Champions League clash at Tottenham to really underline his, and Leipzig’s, arriva amongst the big boys

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

The Juventus star scored 31 times

The Juventus star has been criticised this season perhaps more than any other. That hasn’t stopped him finding the back of the net though.

Ronaldo helped fire the Bianconeri to a ninth straight Serie A title for continue their dominance.

He scored 31 times domestically as he broke club scoring records on the way.

Amazingly though he has not been the most prolific marksman in his own division, let alone Europe.

2. Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski has enjoyed the most fruitful year of his career

The Pole’s form is such that some believe he has been robbed of the Ballon D’Or this year – with that award no longer being dished out.

Lewandowski scored an astonishing 34 goals in 31 Bundesliga outings for a Bayern side that have been relentless this term.

All in all he has scored 51 times in 43 games for the Bavarians making it his best season to date.

Tottenham and Chelsea have both been on the recieving end of Lewandowski’s right foot this term.

The Champions League has so far evaded him, but that could end this season.

1. Ciro Immobile

Ciro Immobile has been relentless in front of goal this season

The Italian marksman has been a man reborn since moving to Lazio, following somewhat disappointing spells at Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla.

Immobile enjoyed his best Serie A season to date scoring 36 times for the Rome-based outfit.

Ironically in all competitions he has actually bettered the 39 goals in all competitions he has registered this season, having notched 41 two years ago.

Lazio have qualified for the Champions League meaning Immobile will be able to pit his wits against the finest defenders in Europe next term.

Final Totals

10. Weissman: 45 points (30×1.5)

9. Nsame: 45 points (30×1.5)

8. Lukaku: 46 points (23×2)

7. Vardy: 46 points (23×2)

6. Haaland 50 points (16×1.5 and 13×2)

5. Messi: 50 points (25×2)

4. Werner: 56 points (28×2)

3. Ronaldo: 62 points (31×2)

2. Lewandowski: 68 points (34×2)

1. Immobile: 72 points (36×2)

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