European Golden Shoe award: Ciro Immobile steals the show

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Ciro Immobile

With the Bundesliga over, Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has the chance to become the leader and winner of the 2019/2020 European Golden Shoe if he can add to his goal haul against Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo.

The European Golden Shoe Award is given to the player who scores the most goals for his club during the season, according to the competition level in which the player competes.

The five top leagues – the Premier League, the La Liga, the Bundesliga, the Serie A and the Ligue 1 – all have a weighting of 2, which ensures that a player will be given two points for any goal he scores in these competitions.

For the leagues ranked sixth to 30 in UEFA’s coefficients rankings goals scored are given a weighting of 1.5, and goals scored in a league with the top 30, goals are given a weighting of 1.

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Going into today’s encounter, Ciro Immobile has now scored 35 league goals which puts him  one goal ahead of  Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich. Cristiano Ronaldo is in third with 31 goals, while he and Immobile both have the opportunity to score as the  Serie A winds down today.

Even if the competition weighting were taken off, Immobile and Lewandowski’s goal-scoring exploits for their respective sides would still see them top the list.

The Premier League is the best represented league on the list, with five players featured. They are Jamie Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah, Danny Ings, and Raheem Sterling.

Serie A has four representatives; as well as Immobile and Ronaldo we have Romelu Lukaku of Inter, and Francesco Caputo of Sassuolo.

With La Liga suffering from a perceived drop in quality over the past 12 months, this is reflected in Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema being the only entrants in the list.

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Out with the top five leagues and being penalised by the competition weighting are Shon Weissman of Wolfsburg, Patson Daka of RB Salzburg, Jean-Pierre Nsame of Young Boys, Christian Gytkjaer of Lech Poznan, and Alexander Sorloth of Trabzonspor.

Just like the Ballon d’Or, the European Golden Shoe has historically been dominated by Ronaldo and Messi. Indeed since 2007 only Diego Forlan in 2008/09 and Luis Suarez in 2015/16 have broken the duopoly. Messi is the only player to break 100 points in the modern ratings system, with his 50 goals in 2011/12 pushing him past the milestone. Messi has six Golden Shoe awards to Ronaldo’s four.

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