Messi, Ronaldo, or Lewandowski: Who’s Leading the Golden Shoe Race?
Polish player Robert Lewandowski added weight to his reputation as one of the world’s greatest-ever strikers on Tuesday night. According to Daily Mail, the Bayern Munich striker opened their account as they won 4-1 at Lazio in their Champions League last-16 first leg at the Stadio Olimpico. Lewandowski gave the holders the lead when he anticipated a loose pass from Mateo Musacchio and rounded Pepe Reina to tap in.
The striker now sits third in the Champions League’s all-time goalscoring charts, and only Cristiano Ronaldo (134) and Lionel Messi (119) have more than his 72 goals.
The race for the Golden Shoe this season seems very intense and Lewandowski’s stats indicate that he has a pretty good chance of beating Ronaldo and Messi and winning the prestigious Golden Shoe award. One must also keep in mind that the Golden Shoe is ranked not just by goals, but by a points system that reflects the difficulty of the league players that are featuring in.
That means even the likes of Giorgos Giakoumakis, who is having a spectacular season in the Eredivise, will struggle to compete with stars from the Premier League, La Liga, or Bundesliga.
Let’s take a look at the full standings – with the stats provided via Goal (correct as of Sunday, 28 February).
10. Bruno Fernandes – 15 goals (30 points)
9. Luis Suarez – 16 goals (32 points)
8. Lionel Messi – 17 goals (34 points)
7. Romelu Lukaku – 17 goals (34 points)
6. Erling Haaland – 17 goals (34 points)
5. Mohamed Salah – 17 goals (34 points)
4. Kylian Mbappe – 18 goals (36 points)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – 19 goals (38 points)
2. Andre Silva – 19 goals (38 points)
1. Robert Lewandowski – 29 goals (58 points)
It looks like that Lewandowski is inching closer towards the prestigious prize, and there’s also some chance that the Ballon d’Or could also be his.