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Golden Shoe of Lionel Messi 2012–13.

The European Golden Shoe, formerly known as the European Golden Boot, is an association football award presented each season to the leading goalscorer in league matches from the top division of every European national league. From its inception in the 1967–68 season, the award, originally called Soulier d'Or, which translates from French as Golden Shoe or Boot, has been given to the top goalscorer in all European leagues that season. Originally presented by L'Équipe magazine, it has been awarded by the European Sports Media since the 1996–97 season.

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HistoryEdit

Between 1968 and 1991, the award was given to the highest goalscorer in any European league. This was regardless of the toughness of the league in which the top scorer played and the number of games in which the player had taken part. During this period Eusébio, Gerd Müller, Dudu Georgescu and Fernando Gomes each won the Golden Boot twice.[1]

Following a protest from the Cyprus FA, which claimed that a Cypriot player with 40 goals should have received the award (though the official top scorers for the season are both listed with 19 goals), L'Équipe issued no awards between 1991 and 1996.

Since the 1996–97 season, European Sports Media have awarded the Golden Shoe based on a points system that allows players in tougher leagues to win even if they score fewer goals than a player in a weaker league. The weightings are determined by the league's ranking on the UEFA coefficients, which in turn depend on the results of each league's clubs in European competition over the previous five seasons. Goals scored in the top five leagues according to the UEFA coefficients list are multiplied by a factor of two, goals scored in the leagues ranked six to 21 are multiplied by a factor of 1.5, and goals scored in leagues ranked 22 and below are multiplied by a factor of 1.[2] Thus, goals scored in higher ranked leagues will count for more than those scored in weaker leagues.[3]

WinnersEdit

 
Gerd Müller was the first player to win the award twice, in 1970 and 1972.
 
Lionel Messi was the first player to win the award three times and has won the award a co-record four times shared with Cristiano Ronaldo.
 
Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to win the European Golden Shoe four times.


European Golden Shoe winners
Season Nationality Player Club League Goals Points
Winners were awarded by L'Équipe
1967–68   Portugal Eusébio Benfica   Primeira Liga 43 &
1968–69   Bulgaria Zhekov, PetarPetar Zhekov CSKA Sofia   Parva Liga 36 &
1969–70   West Germany Müller, GerdGerd Müller Bayern Munich   Bundesliga 38 &
1970–71   Yugoslavia Skoblar, JosipJosip Skoblar Marseille   Ligue 1 44 &
1971–72   West Germany Müller, GerdGerd Müller Bayern Munich   Bundesliga 40 &
1972–73   Portugal Eusébio Benfica   Primeira Liga 40 &
1973–74   Argentina Yazalde, HéctorHéctor Yazalde Sporting CP   Primeira Liga 46 &
1974–75   Romania Georgescu, DuduDudu Georgescu Dinamo Bucharest   Liga I 33 &
1975–76   Cyprus Kaiafas, SotirisSotiris Kaiafas Omonia Nicosia   First Division 39 &
1976–77   Romania Georgescu, DuduDudu Georgescu Dinamo Bucharest   Liga I 47 &
1977–78   Austria Krankl, HansHans Krankl Rapid Vienna   Bundesliga 41 &
1978–79   Netherlands Kist, KeesKees Kist AZ Alkmaar   Eredivisie 34 &
1979–80   Belgium Vandenbergh, ErwinErwin Vandenbergh Lierse   First Division 39 &
1980–81   Bulgaria Slavkov, GeorgiGeorgi Slavkov Botev Plovdiv   Parva Liga 31 &
1981–82   Netherlands Kieft, WimWim Kieft Ajax   Eredivisie 32 &
1982–83   Portugal Gomes, FernandoFernando Gomes Porto   Primeira Liga 36 &
1983–84   Wales Rush, IanIan Rush Liverpool   First Division 32 &
1984–85   Portugal Gomes, FernandoFernando Gomes Porto   Primeira Liga 39 &
1985–86   Netherlands van Basten, MarcoMarco van Basten Ajax   Eredivisie 37 &
1986–87*   Austria Toni Polster FK Austria Wien   Bundesliga 39 &
1987–88   Turkey Çolak, TanjuTanju Çolak Galatasaray   Süper Lig 39 &
1988–89   Romania Mateuţ, DorinDorin Mateuţ Dinamo Bucharest   Liga I 43 &
1989–90   Mexico Sánchez, HugoHugo Sánchez Real Madrid   La Liga 38 &
  Bulgaria Stoichkov, HristoHristo Stoichkov CSKA Sofia   A PFG
1990–91*   Yugoslavia Pančev, DarkoDarko Pančev Red Star   First League 34 &
Winners were not awarded
1991–92   Scotland McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist Rangers   Premier Division 34 &
1992–93   Scotland McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist Rangers   Premier Division 34 &
1993–94   Wales Taylor, DavidDavid Taylor Porthmadog   League of Wales 43 &
1994–95   Armenia Avetisyan, ArsenArsen Avetisyan Homenetmen   Premier League 39 &
1995–96   Georgia Endeladze, ZviadZviad Endeladze Margveti   Umaglesi Liga 40 &
Winners were awarded by European Sports Media
1996–97   Brazil Ronaldo Barcelona   La Liga 34 68
1997–98   Greece Machlas, NikosNikos Machlas Vitesse   Eredivisie 34 68
1998–99   Brazil Jardel, MárioMário Jardel Porto   Primeira Liga 36 72
1999–2000   England Phillips, KevinKevin Phillips Sunderland   Premier League 30 60
2000–01   Sweden Larsson, HenrikHenrik Larsson Celtic   Premier League 35 52.5
2001–02   Brazil Jardel, MárioMário Jardel Sporting CP   Primeira Liga 42 84
2002–03   Netherlands Makaay, RoyRoy Makaay Deportivo La Coruña   La Liga 29 58
2003–04   France Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal   Premier League 30 60
2004–05   France Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal   Premier League 25 50
  Uruguay Forlán, DiegoDiego Forlán Villarreal   La Liga
2005–06   Italy Toni, LucaLuca Toni Fiorentina   Serie A 31 62
2006–07   Italy Totti, FrancescoFrancesco Totti Roma   Serie A 26 52
2007–08   Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Manchester United   Premier League 31 62
2008–09   Uruguay Forlán, DiegoDiego Forlán Atlético Madrid   La Liga 32 64
2009–10   Argentina Messi, LionelLionel Messi Barcelona   La Liga 34 68
2010–11   Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid   La Liga 40 80
2011–12   Argentina Messi, LionelLionel Messi Barcelona   La Liga 50 100
2012–13   Argentina Messi, LionelLionel Messi Barcelona   La Liga 46 92
2013–14   Uruguay Suárez, LuisLuis Suárez Liverpool   Premier League 31 62
  Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid   La Liga
2014–15   Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid   La Liga 48 96
2015–16   Uruguay Suárez, LuisLuis Suárez Barcelona   La Liga 40 80
2016–17   Argentina Messi, LionelLionel Messi Barcelona   La Liga 37 74
Notes
  • Original 1986–87 season winner Rodion Cămătaru (with 44 goals) was disqualified later and the trophy was awarded to Polster in 1990. However, Camataru was allowed to keep his copy of the trophy.[4]
  • Darko Pančev got his prize for 1990–91 season later, only in 2006, following a protest from Cyprus where a player supposedly scored 40 goals (though the official topscorers for the season, Suad Beširević and Panayiotis Xiourouppas, are listed with 19 goals each). Due to this affair, France Football decided to make the competition unofficial.[4]

StatisticsEdit

Multiple winnersEdit

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only players to have won the European Golden Shoe four times. Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to win the award four times, having won one with Manchester United and three with Real Madrid. Barcelona's Lionel Messi was the first player to win three Golden Shoes, between 2010 and 2013, winning one more in 2017 and holds the all-time record with 50 goals scored in 2011–12. Bayern Munich's Gerd Müller was the first player to win the award twice, in 1969–70 and 1971–72, among nine two-time winners. Only Ally McCoist (1991–92, 1992–93), Thierry Henry (2003–04, 2004–05), Lionel Messi (2011–12, 2012–13), and Cristiano Ronaldo (2013–14, 2014–15) won the award in consecutive years. Diego Forlán (Villarreal, Atlético Madrid), Luis Suárez (Liverpool F.C., FC Barcelona), Mário Jardel (Porto, Sporting CP) and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only players to win the award with two different clubs. Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez are the only players to win the Golden Shoe in two different leagues. Lionel Messi has won all of his four awards without having to share it with another player.

Multiple European Golden Shoe winners
Player No. Seasons
  Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo 4 2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14 (shared), 2014–15
  Messi, LionelLionel Messi 4 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016–17
  Eusébio 2 1967–68, 1972–73
  Müller, GerdGerd Müller 2 1969–70, 1971–72
  Georgescu, DuduDudu Georgescu 2 1974–75, 1976–77
  Gomes, FernandoFernando Gomes 2 1982–83, 1984–85
  McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist 2 1991–92, 1992–93
  Jardel, MárioMário Jardel 2 1998–99, 2001–02
  Henry, ThierryThierry Henry 2 2003–04, 2004–05 (shared)
  Forlán, DiegoDiego Forlán 2 2004–05 (shared) , 2008–09
  Suárez, LuisLuis Suárez 2 2013–14 (shared), 2015–16

Winners by teamEdit

European Golden Shoe winners by club
Team Total Players
  Barcelona 6 3
  Real Madrid 4 2
  Dinamo București 3 2
  Porto 3 2
  CSKA Sofia 2 2
  Liverpool 2 2
  Ajax 2 2
  Sporting CP 2 2
  Arsenal 2 1
  Bayern Munich 2 1
  Benfica 2 1
  Rangers 2 1
  Homenetmen 1 1
  Austria Wien 1 1
  Rapid Wien 1 1
  Lierse 1 1
  Botev Plovdiv 1 1
  Omonia Nicosia 1 1
  Manchester United 1 1
  Sunderland 1 1
  Marseille 1 1
  Zestafoni 1 1
  Fiorentina 1 1
  Roma 1 1
  AZ 1 1
  Vitesse 1 1
  Celtic 1 1
  Atlético Madrid 1 1
  Deportivo La Coruña 1 1
  Villarreal 1 1
  Galatasaray 1 1
  Porthmadog 1 1
  Crvena Zvezda 1 1

Winners by nationalityEdit

European Golden Shoe winners by nationality
Nationality Total Player(s)
  Portugal 8 3
  Argentina 5 2
  Netherlands 4 4
  Uruguay 4 2
  Bulgaria 3 3
  Romania 3 2
  Brazil 3 2
  Austria 2 2
  Italy 2 2
  Wales 2 2
  Yugoslavia 2 2
  France 2 1
  West Germany 2 1
  Scotland 2 1
  Armenia 1 1
  Belgium 1 1
  Cyprus 1 1
  England 1 1
  Georgia 1 1
  Greece 1 1
  Mexico 1 1
  Sweden 1 1
  Turkey 1 1

Winners by leagueEdit

European Golden Shoe winners by league
league Total Player(s)
  La Liga 13 7
  Primeira Liga 7 4
  Premier League 5 4
  Eredivisie 4 4
  Parva Liga 3 3
  Liga I 3 2
  Serie A 2 2
  Bundesliga 2 2
  Premier Division 2 1
  Bundesliga 2 1
  Ligue 1 1 1
  First Division 1 1
  Division A 1 1
  Süper Lig 1 1
  Premier League 1 1
  First League 1 1
  Premier League 1 1
  Premier League 1 1
  Umaglesi Liga 1 1
  First Division 1 1

ReferencesEdit

General
  • Arotaritei, Sorin; Di Maggio, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel (29 February 2012). "Golden Boot ("Soulier d'Or") Awards". Rec. Sport. Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 February 2008. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Golden Boot: The Quotients Decide It All". soccerphile.com. Retrieved 20 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "European Golden Shoe". European Sports Magazine. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Who will win the European Golden Shoe". FIFA. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Golden Boot ("Soulier d'Or") Awards

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