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Golden Shoe 2022-23: Haaland, Lewandowski & European football's top scorers

5:12 AM MYT 24/01/2023
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The race is on once more to be crowned the continent’s leading marksman, with some of the most prolific forwards on the planet set to lead the way

While various Golden Boots are up for grabs within the leading divisions across Europe, there is only one Golden Shoe that can be acquired in any given season by the continent’s most prolific marksman.

The race to claim that prestigious prize is up and running once more, with some iconic forwards set to lead the charge for an individual accolade that marks them out as being superior to all of their fellow frontmen.

Robert Lewandowski, who has swapped Bayern Munich for Barcelona, finished in top spot last season with 35 league goals to his name – closely followed by the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Ciro Immobile – and GOAL is on hand to keep you across all of the runners and riders in the 2022-23 campaign.

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

  • Erling Haaland 2022-23

    #1 Erling Haaland | Manchester City | 25 goals (50)

    Manchester City knew what they were getting when snapping up Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, with the Norwegian striker boasting power and pace in abundance, and one of the most sought-after talents on the planet did not disappoint when bursting out of the blocks for the Premier League champions.

  • Harry Kane Tottenham 2022-23

    #2 Harry Kane | Tottenham | 16 goals (32)

    England captain Harry Kane has earned a reputation as one of the most fearsome No.9s in world football, with the Tottenham forward fully deserving of that standing among the elite as a three-time Golden Boot winner and a man with over 180 Premier League goals to his name.

  • Robert Lewandowski Barcelona Elche 2022-23

    #3 Robert Lewandowski | Barcelona | 13 goals (26)

    Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has already cemented a standing among the all-time greats, but he will believe that he has something to prove after choosing to walk away from the comforting surrounds of Bayern Munich and try his luck in Spain with La Liga giants Barcelona.

  • Kylian Mbappe 2022-23

    #4 Kylian Mbappe | Paris Saint-Germain | 13 goals (26)

    A standing as the best player in world football may now be up for grabs, and Kylian Mbappe – given all that he has achieved for Paris-Saint Germain and as a World Cup winner with France – appears to be the most likely candidate to step into shoes once occupied by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • IVAN TONEY BRENTFORD

    #5 Ivan Toney | Brentford | 13 goals (26)

    It was not all that long ago that Ivan Toney was strutting his stuff in League One with Peterborough United but, having helped to fire Brentford to promotion into the Premier League, he is now a top-flight star and a man that is starting to earn international recognition with England.

  • #6 Victor Osimhen | Napoli | 13 goals (26)

    Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has been a major component in Napoli’s winning juggernaut this season. The 24-year-old has had his share of fitness issues, but he is a dynamic game-changer when he is available, and Osimhen can fire Napoli to the Scudetto if he can steer clear of injuries.

  • Terem Moffi Lorient 2022-23

    #7 Terem Moffi | Lorient | 12 goals (24)

    Plucked from the relative obscurity of Belgian outfit Kortrijk by Lorient in October 2020, Terem Moffi is another highly-rated attacking talent from Nigeria that has set Ligue 1 alight with his remarkable exploits in the final third of the field.

  • Christopher-Nkunku

    #8 Christopher Nkunku | Red Bull Leipzig | 12 goals (24)

    The Frenchman had a sensational season last time out and was attracting attention from all over Europe before signing a new contract in Germany this summer. He will be looking to repeat his 35 goals in all competitions and prove why elite clubs were tracking his progress.

  • Jonathan David Lille 2022-23

    #9 Jonathan David | Lille | 12 goals (24)

    Jonathan David’s stock has been on the rise for some time, with Canada’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup set to further that cause, and it appears to be only a matter of time before the pacey forward spreads his wings outside of Ligue 1.

  • Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham 2022-23

    #10 Aleksandar Mitrovic | Fulham | 11 goals (22)

    Serbian striker Mitrovic has attracted criticism in the past for supposed inability to translate form in the Championship – where he has always been prolific – onto a Premier League stage, but a powerful frontman is determined to silence those doubters in style.

  • Neymar PSG 2022-23

    #11 Neymar | Paris Saint-Germain | 11 goals (22)

    Questions have been asked of Neymar’s commitment to the collective cause, and his general end product, across an eventful spell at Paris Saint-Germain, but there has never been any doubting the Brazilian’s talent and ability to be a match-winner on any given day.

  • Alexandre Lacazette Lyon 2022-23

    #12 Alexandre Lacazette | Lyon | 11 goals (22)

    The Lyon legend has returned home after a spell with Arsenal and Lacazette has instantly found back his scoring boots, regardless of OL's difficult start to the season.

  • Wissam Ben Yedder 2022-23

    #13 Wissam Ben Yedder | AS Monaco | 11 goals (22)

    Since becoming a starter for Toulouse, Ben Yedder has been one of the most consistent goalscorers in football currently. For AS Monaco he has scored 15+ goals and looks well on his way to repeating the same feat this season.

  • Ademola Lookman Atalanta 2022/23.

    #14 Ademola Lookman | Atalanta | 11 goals (22)

    It's not taken much time for Lookman to adapt to his new surroundings, with the former Leicester City striker quickly becoming Atalanta's lead marksman this season.

  • Niclas Fullkrug Werder Bremen 2022-23

    #15 Niclas Fullkrug | Werder Bremen | 11 goals (22)

    Niclas Fullkrug was a star turn for Werder Bremen as they secured promotion back into the Bundesliga during the 2021-22 campaign, as he hit 19 goals in the second tier, and that fine form has been maintained since returning to the big time.

  • Marcus Thuram Borussia Moenchengladbach

    #16 Marcus Thuram | Borussia Monchengladbach | 10 goals (20)

    Thuram has started the 2022-23 campaign in fine form and appears to be well on his way to his best-ever season from a goal scoring perspective.

    The Frenchman netted 10 times in 31 Bundesliga appearances in 2019-20, which remains his personal best to date.

  • #17 Rodrigo Moreno | Leeds United | 10 goals (20)

    Rodrigo Moreno has been in electric form for Leeds United over the course of the 2022/23 campaign in a sharp upturn on his first two seasons after his £27m move from Valencia, where he struggled to find the back of the net.

    Leeds haven’t been able to rely on the goals from Patrick Bamford regularly enough this season owing to form and fitness issues, heightening Rodrigo’s importance.

  • Folarin Balogun Reims 2022-23

    #18 Folarin Balogun | Reims | 10 goals (20)

    New York-born, England U21 international Folarin Balogun has been held in high regard at Arsenal since he started to make a name for himself in their academy ranks, with a loan spell in France’s top flight allowing the promising youngster to unlock further potential on a prominent stage.

  • Joselu Espanyol

    #19 Joselu | Espanyol | 10 goals (20)

    Having previously flopped in England at Stoke and Newcastle, the experienced frontman has become a regular source of goals in La Liga - with a productive spell at Alaves now being followed by another at Espanyol.

  • AS Monaco Breel Embolo

    #20 Breel Embolo | AS Monaco | 10 goals (20)

    Embolo was once touted as one of the best talents in the world, however, wasn't able to quite fulfil his potential at previous teams. With Monaco, he will be looking to show everyone they weren't wrong about how talented he really is.

  • Karim Benzema 2022-23

    #21 Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 9 goals (18)

    The 2021-22 Pichichi and UEFA Champions League Golden Boot winner has had to battle with injuries in the current season, but is still among the goals as Real Madrid aim to replicate the success under Carlo Ancelotti's first season.

  • Jamal Musiala Bayern Munich 2022-23

    #22 Jamal Musiala | Bayern Munich | 9 goals (18)

    This is the season where the boy wonder of German football went from promising youngster to regular starter at Bayern and it seems unlikely he will be losing his starting berth any time soon if he can keep up his impressive form in front of goal all season.

  • Almiron Wilson 2022-23

    #23 Miguel Almiron | Newcastle United | 9 goals (18)

    The Paraguayan speedster has enjoyed a remarkable redemption arc to resurrect his faltering Newcastle United career. While his work-rate, intent pressing, and defensive efforts were never in doubt, he has added goals to his game to silence his doubters.

  • #24 Vincenzo Grifo | Freiburg | 9 goals (18)

    Vincenzo Grifo, 29, has been in sizzling goal-scoring form for surprise-package Freiburg in Bundesliga this season.

  • Martin Terrier 2022

    #25 Martin Terrier | Rennes | 9 goals (18)

    Terrier was Rennes' ace last time out with 21 league goals in 37 games. He has picked off right from where he ended last season and continues to be his club's leading marksman.

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    #26 Loïs Openda | Lens | 9 goals (18)

    Openda was a sensation for Vitesse in both the league and Europe last season with 28 goals in 50 games. He will be hoping to continue in the same vain at new club Lens and further make a name for himself amongst the biggest clubs in football today.

  • Lautaro Martinez Barcelona Inter Champinos League

    #27 Lautaro Martinez | Inter | 9 goals (18)

    The Argentina international remains one of the best attackers around in the game and his form this campaign has been crucial to keep Inter's chances of Serie A success alive early on.

  • Nzola Spezia Empoli

    #28 M'Bala Nzola | Spezia | 9 goals (18)

    Nzola had a bit of a dud last season with only 2 league goals in the entire campaign. However, he has started this season on top form and may beat his combined total from the previous two years.

  • 20221231 Marcus Rashford

    #29 Marcus Rashford | Manchester United | 9 goals (18)

    Rashford has had a rollercoaster ride since Louis van Gaal promoted him to the first-team squad half a decade ago. After a tough spell in front of goal in the last couple of season, the English international has been in fine form for club and country this season, with new boss Erik ten Hag having a transformational effect on him.

  • Messi

    #30 Lionel Messi | Paris Saint-Germain | 8 goals (16)

    One of the greatest players of all time, is it any surprise to see Messi on this list? His move to PSG didn't go exactly as planed last season, but with his ability goals are inevitable and they are even more so when Neymar and Mbappe are your strike partners!

  • Borja Iglesias Betis

    #31 Borja Iglesias | Real Betis | 8 goals (16)

    Having once been a regular source of end product for Real Zaragoza and Espanyol, Borja Iglesias has showcased his keen eye for goal across a productive stint at Real Betis that has made him a model of consistency and a full senior international for Spain.

  • #32 Vedat Muriqi | RCD Mallorca | 8 goals (16)

    Once a sought-after goal machine at Turkish giants Fenerbahce, Muriqi has revived his career with Spanish minnows Mallorca. His rich vein of goal-scoring form played a decisive part in the club managing to stave off relegation last season. Indeed, the fan favourite striker has carried that form into this season.

  • Bayern Munich's German midfielder Serge Gnabry

    #33 Serge Gnabry| Bayern Munich| 8 goals (16)

    While there were some doubts over whether Serge Gnabry could replicate his form from the previous campaigns after a slow start to the season, the German winger has quickly regained his form. With former ace Robert Lewandowski leaving this summer, he has turned up with other teammates to make up for the lack of goals.

  • Marko Arnautovic Bologna

    #34 Marko Arnautovic | Bologna | 8 goals (16)

    Manchester United were linked with a move to take former West Ham star Marko Arnautovic back to English football during the summer of 2022, and it is easy to see why as the enigmatic Austrian forward has impressed many since returning to Europe from a stint in China.

  • Iago Aspas Celta

    #35 Iago Aspas | Celta Vigo | 8 goals (16)

    Iago Aspas may have famously failed to record a single Premier League goal during a disastrous spell in England with Liverpool, but the veteran frontman remains the most reliable of options in La Liga and is fast closing in on 200 career strikes for Celta Vigo.

  • Rafael Leao AC Milan 2022-23

    #36 Rafael Leão| AC Milan | 8 goals (16)

    Serie A's MVP last season, the Portuguese winger continues his top form this campaign as well. He hasn't let the pressure that comes with being his side's ace and attraction from top clubs elsewhere bog him down from playing at his best.

  • #37 Bukayo Saka | Arsenal | 8 goals (16)

    The effervescent, elusive, and dimunitive winger, Bukayo Saka, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top from the Hale End academy. Despite his tender years, the 21-year-old has continued to perform with extraordinary consistency for both club and country, having recently shone at the World Cup.

    He will be looking to keep chipping in with goals and assists to help Arsenal in their Premier League title-push.

  • Martin Odegaard Arsenal 2022-23

    #38 Martin Ødegaard | Arsenal | 8 goals (16)

    Martin Ødegaard has been at the heart of the success that Arsenal have enjoyed under Mikel Arteta this season, leading the Gunners' title charge by becoming a potent goalscorer from midfield.

  • Mattia Zaccagni Lazio

    #39 Mattia Zaccagni | Lazio | 8 goals (16)

    Mattia Zaccagni was never known for his goal-scoring prowess, however, he has been clinical in front of goal at the start of this season and may double his highest goal tally if he continues this form.

  • Dybala Roma

    #40 Paulo Dybala | AS Roma | 7 goals (14)

    Paulo Dybala received a hero's welcome when he joined AS Roma from Juventus. One of the biggest signings in Roma's recent history, Dybala has proven to be a game-changer.

  • Leandro Trossard Brighton 2022-23

    #41 Leandro Trossard | Brighton | 7 goals (14)

    The Belgian attacker has developed into one of the best attackers around in the Premier League and will be a crucial part of Brighton's push to qualify for European football this term.

  • James Maddison Leicester 2022-23

    #42 James Maddison | Leicester City | 7 goals (14)

    Maddison has been on excellent form this season and has been more or less carrying an otherwise dismal Leicester City on his back. His absence is heavily noticeable as the Foxes' performance drops down considerably.

  • Gabriel Martinelli Arsenal 2022-23

    #43 Gabriel Martinelli | Arsenal | 7 goals (14)

    Gabriel Martinelli has been one of the best wingers in the Premier League this season, taking his productivity in front of goal higher by a few notches. He'll be key if Mikel Arteta is to help Gunners lift their first Premier League trophy since 2004.

  • Salah Napoli Champions League

    #44 Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 7 goals (14)

    Mohamed Salah is a name you'd expect to be in this running for the Golden Shoe every season, although not as low as he is in this list. However, he is gathering pace and upping his goalscoring form as Liverpool attempt to revive their ship in the second half of the season.

  • Phil Foden man City 2022-23

    #45 Phil Foden | Manchester City | 7 goals (14)

    One of the most exciting young talent in the world, let alone the Premier League, Foden is flourishing under Pep Guadiola at Manchester City. The 'Stockport Iniesta' is a deadly playmaker with an eye for goal and will certainly be a household name for years to come.

  • Roberto Firmino Liverpool 2022-23

    #46 Roberto Firmino | Liverpool | 7 goals (14)

    Not the Liverpool man you would expect in this list but Roberto Firmino has provided a spark in a season that is yet to get going for Liverpool. The Brazilian has not only scored goals, but provided a few assists for the Reds this season.

  • Ciro Immobile Lazio 2022-23

    #47 Ciro Immobile | Lazio | 7 goals (14)

    Ciro Immobile has only once dipped below 20 goals in all competitions across any given campaign for Lazio, with the Italy international frontman one of the most consistent forwards in European football and a former Golden Shoe winner from 2019-20.

  • Edin Dzeko Romelu Lukaku 2022-23

    #48 Edin Dzeko | Inter Milan | 7 goals (14)

    One of the most underrated forwards in football, Dzeko continues to be clinical in front of goal despite being 37 years old and added competition from Romelu Lukaku.

  • Teji Savanier Montpellier

    #49 Téji Savanier | Montpellier | 7 goals (14)

    The Montpellier skipper is already on his way to surpassing his league total from last season, with more than half of the campaign still remaining to be played.

  • Mama Balde Troyes 2022-23

    #50 Mama Baldé | Troyes | 7 goals (14)

    Baldé has had a stellar beginning to this campaign, with the striker set to beat his best ever total with less than half the season played.

  • Habib Diallo

    #51 Habib Diallo | Strasbourg | 7 goals (14)

    Diallo's excellent start to the campaign could mean that the Strasbourg striker surpasses his highest-ever tally of 12 Ligue 1 goals easily this season.

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    #52 Daichi Kamada | Eintracht Frankfurt | 7 goals (14)

    Kamada has been an absolute revelation for Frankfurt and has been unstoppable times. Few people will have expected the Japan international to be this prolific, but he might be an outsider for the Bundesliga top scorer title in this form!

  •  Dodi Lukebakio of Hertha BSC

    #53 Dodi Lukebakio | Hertha Berlin | 7 goals (14)

    Lukebakio hasn't scored 10 goals in the league since his debut season with Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2018/19. However, his start to this campaign could finally see him reach the benchmark again and in all likelihood surpass it.

  • Sheraldo Becker Union Berlin 2022-23

    #54 Sheraldo Becker | Union Berlin | 7 goals (14)

    A product of the famed academy system at Eredivise giants Ajax, Sheraldo Becker has never been the most prolific of strikers in front of goal across his career to date – with the Suriname international yet to reach double figures in any given campaign – but all of that could be about to change.

  • Brais Mendez Real Sociedad 2022-23

    #55 Brais Méndez | Real Sociedad | 7 goals (14)

    Méndez has been Real Sociedad's top performer this season. His performances have caught the eye of many elite clubs, with recent rumours suggesting interest from Premier League leaders Arsenal.

  • Elye Wahi

    #56 Elye Wahi | Montpellier | 7 goals (14)

    Wahi continues to impress from last season for Montpellier, and could very soon attract attention from some of the bigger clubs.

  • #57 Kvicha Kvaratskhelia | Napoli | 7 goals (14)

    Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has been a revelation since arriving in Napoli in July after a €10million purchase from Georgian side Dinamo Batumi. The 21-year-old has made a habit of terrorizing opposition defences with his exhilarating mazy dribbles, sharp change of pace, and venemous strike.

  • Boulaye Dia Salernitana

    #58 Boulaye Dia | Salernitana | 7 goals (14)

    The 25 year-old Senegalese forward, Boulaye Dia continues in good form after making an impact for Unai Emery's Villarreal last season where he scored five goals and assisted another five.

  • Beto Udinese Bologna Serie A

    #59 Beto | Udinese | 7 goals (14)

    Beto is in red-hot form for Udinese and is their top-scorer this season as they look to impress under new manager Andrea Sottil

  • Vinicius Junior Real Madrid 2022-23

    #60 Vinícius Júnior | Real Madrid | 6 goals (12)

    Vinícius Júnior had a scintillating 2021-22 season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions, 17 of which came in the league. His drastic uptick in goalscoring will be key to Real Madrid's ambitions this season as well.

  • Florian Sotoca Lens 2022-23

    #61 Florian Sotoca | Lens | 6 goals (12)

    More of a physical presence in the final third that helps to bring those around him into play, Florian Sotoca has shown that he can find a way to goal himself and could be on course to post a personal best return in the current campaign.

  • Federico Valverde Real Madrid 2022-23

    #62 Federico Valverde | Real Madrid | 6 goals (12)

    Carlo Ancelotti said in the early stages of the 2022-23 campaign that Valverde should always be hitting double figures with his abilities and the Uruguay international seems to have taken that feedback at heart.

  • Vlahovic Torino Juventus

    #63 Dusan Vlahovic | Juventus | 6 goals (12)

    Vlahovic is among the favourites to land the Serie A top scorer title and is arguably one of the best young strikers around in the game.

  • #64 Callum Wilson | Newcastle United | 6 goals (12)

    The predatory striker, who has had frustrating time with consistent injuries throughout his Premier League career, has been on fire this season, and thanks to his goals, Newcastle have elevated themselves into a genuine top-four contenders in the upper echelons of the English top-flight.