What will can the Spanish La Liga do this year as the European Golden Shoe award looks likely to end up in the hands of a player in either the Italian Serie A, the German Bundesliga (or both).
The race for the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe.
The European Golden Shoe has somehow stayed in the Spanish La Liga since the 2008/09 season. – This season is looking to be different unless Lionel Messi finds a way to pick up the award for the 4th time in a row and an unprecedented 7th time.
The current makeup of the top five in the race for the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe are the top two goalscorers in the German Bundesliga and in the Italian Serie A, and Borussia’s Dortmund’s Erlin Braut Haaland.
Should Robert Lewandowski fail to bring the award to Germany, Timo Werner is in position to be a contender. And after Erling Braut Haaland’s joined Borussia Dortmund over the January transfer window, Haaland’s goal tally puts him in contention as well.
The last European Golden Shoe winner from the German Bundeslga was Gerd Muller (1971/72 season). Robert Lewandoswki is in position to return the award to the Bundesliga and to Bayern Munich for the first time in 48 years.
Should Ciro Immobile fail to bring the award to Italy, Cristiano Ronaldo is in position to be a contender. Francesco Totti(Roma) was the last player in the Italian Serie A to win the award (2006/07); Ciro Immobile is in position to bring the award to the Italian Serie A and to Rome (the ‘sky blue’ side of Rome) for the first time in 13 years.
The ending of the 2019/20 French Ligue 1 season before all 38 rounds are played has left the likes of Kylian Mbappe (Paris St. Germain) and Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) from being contenders.
Current standings for the European Golden Shoe race.
Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – Italian Serie A – 27 goals
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – German Bundesliga – 26 goals
Braut Haaland (Red Bull Salzburg / Borussia Dortmund) – Austrian Bundesliga/German Bundesliga – 26 (16 / 10) goals
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – German Bundesliga – 21 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – Italian Serie A – 21 goals
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – Spanish La Liga – 19 goals
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – English Premier League – 19 goals
Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) – French Ligue 1 – 18 goals
Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) – French Ligue 1 – 18 goals
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – English Premier League – 17 goals
Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) – Italian Serie A – 17 goals
Leicester City has 9 league matches left in the English Premier League for Jamie Vardy to help his himself up the ladder, while Arsenal has 10 league matches left for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to help his case in the race.
In the Italian Serie A, both Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) have 12 games (each) to keep their race for the European Golden Shoe, while Inter Milan has an extra match to held Romelu Lukaku’s probability.
The contenders from the German Bundesliga are all with teams that have 8 more matches left of their season.
Lionel Messi’s Barcelona has 11 more league matches from him to defend the title.