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Goals are the biggest component of football. Without players scoring goals, a football match is nothing but a stalemate.

That is the reason why players who put the ball in the back of the net every week, have the biggest price tag to their name when it comes to club transfers.

These players are recognized for their efforts in several ways. But one that stands out is the European Golden Boot – an award that is presented to a player with the most goals in a season from all over Europe. But what are the origins of the European Golden Boot Award? And which players have won it so far since its inception?

 

History of European Golden Boot 

The award first came into the picture in 1968 and was served right up until 1991. It was awarded by L’Equipe to the highest goal scorer in Europe.

After that, due to no dedicated official committee being announced, between 1991 and 1996, there were no European Golden Boo Awards presented. Ever since, the achievements of those players from those years have been recognized and been awarded their Golden Boots rightfully.

From the 1997/97 season, European Sports Media took the rights for presenting the award and have used a specific Points System to reward players accordingly.

 

European Golden Boot Winners Points system 

As mentioned before, since the 1996/97 season, The award wasn’t as straightforward as it was in the previous years. From 1968 to 1997, the award was simply presented to the player with the most goals in Europe.

Since 1997, a weighting point system was introduced to select a winner for the European Golden Boot. What this system does is, it allocates extra points to the goals scored by players in the top-ranked leagues. The higher the rank of the league, the more points are allocated to the goalscorer.

Here’s how UEFA have distinguished their European Golden Boot Winners’ point system. Players from the Top 5 leagues in Europe get 2 points per goal. Players from leagues ranked 6-22 are given 1.5 points per goal, while the rest of the players from lower-ranked leagues are awarded 1 point per goal.

 

List of European Golden Boot Winners

Year Goals Winner Team League
2023 36 Erling Haaland Manchester City Premier League
2022 35 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Bundesliga
2021 41 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Bundesliga
2020 36 Ciro Immobile Lazio Serie A
2019 36 Lionel Messi Barcelona La Liga
2018 34 Lionel Messi Barcelona La Liga
2017 37 Lionel Messi Barcelona La Liga
2016 40 Luis Suárez Barcelona La Liga
2015 48 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid La Liga
2014 31 Luis Suárez Liverpool Premier League
2014 31 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid La Liga
2013 46 Lionel Messi Barcelona La Liga
2012 50 Lionel Messi Barcelona La Liga
2011 40 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid La Liga
2010 34 Lionel Messi Barcelona La Liga
2009 32 Diego Forlán Atlético Madrid La Liga
2008 31 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Premier League
2007 26 Francesco Totti Roma Serie A
2006 31 Luca Toni Fiorentina Serie A
2005 25 Thierry Henry Arsenal Premier League
2005 25 Diego Forlán Villarreal La Liga
2004 30 Thierry Henry Arsenal Premier League
2003 29 Roy Makaay Deportivo La Coruña La Liga
2002 42 Mário Jardel Sporting CP Portugal Primeira Liga
2001 35 Henrik Larsson Celtic  Scottish Premier League
2000 30 Kevin Phillips Sunderland Premier League
1999 36 Mário Jardel Porto Portugal Primeira Liga
1998 34 Nikos Machlas Vitesse Eredivisie
1997 34 Ronaldo Barcelona La Liga
1996 40 Zviad Endeladze Margveti Georgia (country) Umaglesi Liga
1995 39 Arsen Avetisyan Homenetmen Armenia Armenian Premier League
1994 43 David Taylor Porthmadog Wales League of Wales
1993 34 Ally McCoist Rangers  Scottish Premier Division
1992 34 Ally McCoist Rangers  Scottish Premier Division
1991 34 Darko Pančev Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslav First League
1990 38 Hugo Sánchez Real Madrid La Liga
1990 38 Hristo Stoichkov CSKA Sofia Bulgaria A PFG
1989 43 Dorin Mateuț Dinamo București Romania Liga I
1988 39 Tanju Çolak Galatasaray Turkey Süper Lig
1987 39 Toni Polster Austria Wien  Austrian Bundesliga
1986 37 Marco van Basten Ajax Eredivisie
1985 39 Fernando Gomes Porto Portugal Primeira Liga
1984 32 Ian Rush Liverpool England First Division
1983 36 Fernando Gomes Porto Portugal Primeira Liga
1982 32 Wim Kieft Ajax Eredivisie
1981 31 Georgi Slavkov Botev Plovdiv Bulgaria Parva Liga
1980 39 Erwin Vandenbergh Lierse Belgium Belgian First Division
1979 34 Kees Kist AZ Eredivisie
1978 41 Hans Krankl Rapid Wien Austria Austrian Bundesliga
1977 47 Dudu Georgescu Dinamo București Romania Liga I
1976 39 Sotiris Kaiafas Omonia Nicosia Cyprus Cypriot First Division
1975 33 Dudu Georgescu Dinamo București Romania Liga I
1974 46 Héctor Yazalde Sporting CP Portugal Primeira Liga
1973 40 Eusébio Benfica Portugal Primeira Liga
1972 40 Gerd Müller Bayern Munich Bundesliga
1971 44 Josip Skoblar Marseille Ligue 1
1970 38 Gerd Müller Bayern Munich Bundesliga
1969 36 Petar Zhekov CSKA Sofia Bulgaria Parva Liga
1968 42 Eusébio Benfica Portugal Primeira Liga

 

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