The race for the 2020-21 Golden Shoe is on as the best strikers from across Europe look to boost their goal tallies and be crowned the contintent’s No 1 sharp-shooter.

Lazio’s Ciro Immobile took the accolade in 2019-20, finishing ahead of Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo, Timo Werner and Lionel Messi, but intense competition means he will have to fight to retain it.

That posse will no doubt be to the fore in the goal charts again this season, as well as other contenders like Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah and even Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is rolling back the years at AC Milan.

With the race well and truly under way,  Goal  tallies up all the top goalscorers from across Europe’s top leagues in 2020-21…

*Note: list includes only top scorers from Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

  1. #1 Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 35 goals (70)
    Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski has been one of the best strikers in the world for a number of years now and he continues to hit the back of the net with regularity despite heading into his mid-thirties.
  2. #2 Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus | 24 goals (48)
    Cristiano Ronaldo recovered from a slow start last season to mount a serious challenge for the Golden Boot, but he has been prolific from the beginning this term, despite a brief Covid-19-enforced period of isolation. He will hope to clinch an award he hasn’t got his hands on since 2014-15.

    #3 Lionel Messi | Barcelona | 23 goals (46)

    One of the greatest goalscorers of all time, Lionel Messi got off to a slow start in 2020-21, but he has shown signs of improvement in the second half of the season.

    #4 Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund | 21 goals (42)

    Having joined Borussia Dortmund mid-way through last season, there were some doubts about Erling Haaland’s capacity to make the step up in the Bundesliga, but his transition has been seamless. Indeed, his goal return so far suggests that he has even taken it up a notch

    #5 Andre Silva | Eintracht Frankfurt | 21 goals (42)

    Andre Silva struggled to live up to expectations at AC Milan and Sevilla, but he appears to have found his groove in the Bundesliga, where he is one of the main goal threats for Eintracht Frankfurt.

    #6 Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 20 goals (40)

    Injuries and the Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted Kylian Mbappe’s goal return last season, but he has hit the ground running for Paris Saint-Germain in 2020-21.

    #7 Romelu Lukaku | Inter | 20 goals (40)

    Romelu Lukaku continues to shine at Inter and his worth to the club is reflected in the fact that he reached the 50-goal milestone for the club, doing so in fewer games than the legendary Ronaldo Nazario. The Belgium international considers himself among the top five strikers in the world and he will be eager to back up that claim by challenging for top scorer awards.

    #8 Luis Suarez | Atletico Madrid | 19 goals (38)

    He may be into his thirties, but Luis Suarez remains one of the best strikers in La Liga and he continues to find the back of the net for Atletico Madrid.

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    #9 Gerard Moreno | Villarreal | 19 goals (38)

    Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno hit the ground running in 2020-21, brimming full of confidence after scoring 18 goals in La Liga the previous season.

    The Spain international is the focal point for The Yellow Submarine and scored an important goal against Real Madrid as they secured a point in November.

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#10 Harry Kane | Tottenham | 19 goals (38)

Having seemingly scored at will between 2014 and 2018, Tottenham’s Harry Kane failed to crack the 20-goal mark in the Premier League in the last two seasons.

However, the England star remains a potent threat in front of goal and, if he can stay injury free he should be there or thereabouts for the Golden Boot.

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  • #11 Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 18 goals (36)

    Karim Benzema has been the star forward for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season as they look to keep pressure on rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of the Liga table.
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