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European Golden Boot Winners (2000-2023): The Best Goal-Scorer in Football

The European Golden Boot is another prestigious award presented to Europe’s leading scorer. It was a football boot sculpture known as the “Soulier d’Or” in French, which translates to “golden boot” since its creation in 1967-68; the award was given out by the French magazine L’Équipe. Lionel Messi also holds the record for most golden boots (6) in the award’s history.

Between 1968 and 1991, Eusébio, Gerd Müller, Dudu Georgescu, and Fernando Gomes all won the award twice. Later that year, the Cyprus FA protested to L’Equipe about why their players were not awarded the golden boot despite scoring 40 goals.

Until 1996-97, players were granted points even if they scored fewer goals than a player from a lesser league. There have been countless situations in which two players scored the same number of goals. In that case, FIFA would credit the player who had played the fewest minutes. If there is a tie in points, the amount of assists and penalties scored are also considered. Only if the tie continues will the award be split.

Fun Facts:

  • The European Golden Boot is also called the European Golden Shoe.
  • European Sports Media has been awarding Golden Boot winners since 1996.
  • The European Golden Boot is awarded annually to the top goalscorer in league matches from all European national league teams.
  • There are nine players who have won the European Golden Boot twice.
  • Between 1991-1992 and 1995-1996, there was no Golden Shoe ceremony.

Golden Shoe Winners (2000-2023):

YearGoalsWinnerTeam
202336Erling HaalandManchester City
202235Robert Lewandowski (2)Bayern Munich
202141Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich
202036Ciro ImmobileLazio
201936Lionel Messi (6)Barcelona
201834Lionel Messi (5)Barcelona
201737Lionel Messi (4)Barcelona
201640Luis Suárez (2)Barcelona
201548Cristiano Ronaldo (4)Real Madrid
201431Luis SuárezLiverpool
201431Cristiano Ronaldo (3)Real Madrid
201346Lionel Messi (3)Barcelona
201250Lionel Messi (2)Barcelona
201140Cristiano Ronaldo (2)Real Madrid
201034Lionel MessiBarcelona
200932Diego Forlán (2)Atlético Madrid
200831Cristiano RonaldoManchester United
200726Francesco TottiRoma
200631Luca ToniFiorentina
200525Thierry Henry (2)Arsenal
200525Diego ForlánVillarreal
200430Thierry HenryArsenal
200329Roy MakaayDeportivo La Coruña
200242Mário Jardel (2)Sporting CP
200135Henrik LarssonCeltic
200030Kevin PhillipsSunderland
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