What is the Golden Shoe?
The Golden Shoe is an award launched by the French magazine France Football. The trophy is intended to award the most successful goalscorer in Europe.
Nowadays the association “European Sports Media” awards the award. Renowned sports magazines from all over Europe belong to it. Germany is represented by the FAZ and the kicker.
When Was The Golden Shoe Introduced?
The first golden shoe was awarded after the season of 1967/68. The award is celebrating its 50th anniversary after this season.
However, the trophy was not awarded between 1992 and 1996 – after that, with new calculation criteria.
Who Was The First Winner of The Golden Shoe?
The first-ever golden shoe was won by the Portuguese Eusebio. During his time at Benfica Lisbon, the “Pantera Negra” ensuring the most successful period in the club’s history.
Five years later, the born Mozambican was able to repeat the triumph.
How is The Golden Shoe Winner Determined?
When the award was introduced, it was all about the number of goals a player had scored in each season. The only restriction: It had to be the first division in a European country.
After the rules were changed between 1992 and 1996, a point system based on the five-year rating of UEFA now applies. In the five best leagues, the goals scored are multiplied by two, in leagues 6-22 by a factor of 1.5 and in all leagues below the goals are single.
Why Were The Golden Shoe Criteria Changed?
This should prevent too often players from weak leagues win the award. The idea behind this is that it is harder to score goals in Spain than in Estonia, for example.
As a result of the rule change, most of the current winners will come from the Premier League or the Primera Division. Had it not been for the change, another player would have been honored in 14 out of 20 years. Including the German Rainer Kauffmann, who scored 42 goals for Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus in 1997/98.
Who Are The Record Winners of The Golden Shoe?
So far, only ten players have ever won the Golden Shoe more than once. Fernando Gomes, Mario Jardel, Diego Forlan, Thierry Henry, and Luis Suarez call two trophies their own.
However, eternal opponents Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi jointly hold the record for most shoes. Both were able to secure the coveted trophy four times (within the last eleven years).
All Winners of The Golden Shoe At A Glance
|68/69||Petar Shekov||CSKA Sofia||36|
|69/70||Gerd Müller||FC Bayern Munich||38|
|70/71||Josip Skoblar||Olympique Marseille||44|
|71/72||Gerd Müller||FC Bayern Munich||40|
|73/74||Hector Yazalde||Sporting Lisbon||46|
|74/75||Dudu Georgescu||Dinamo Bucharest||33|
|75/76||Sotiris Kaiafas||Omonia Nicosia||39|
|76/77||Dudu Georgescu||Dinamo Bucharest||47|
|77/78||Hans Krankl||SK Rapid Vienna||41|
|78/79||Kees Kist||AZ Alkmaar||34|
|79/80||Erwin Vandenbergh||Lierse SK||39|
|80/81||Georgi Slavkov||Botev Plovdiv||31|
|81/82||Wim Kieft||Ajax Amsterdam||32|
|82/83||Fernando Gomes||FC Porto||36|
|83/84||Ian Rush||Liverpool FC||32|
|84/85||Fernando Gomes||FC Porto||39|
|85/86||Marco van Basten||Ajax Amsterdam||37|
|86/87||Anton upholstery||FK Austria Vienna||39|
|87/88||Tanju Colak||Galatasaray Istanbul||39|
|88/89||Dorin Mateut||Dinamo Bucharest||43|
|90/91||Darko Pancev||Red Star Belgrade||34|
|No award between 92-96 / conversion of goals to points|
|97/98||Nikolaos Machlas||Vitesse Arnhem||68|
|98/99||Mario Jardel||FC Porto||72|
|1999/2000||Kevin Philipps||Sunderland AFC||60|
|00/01||Henrik Larsson||Celtic Glasgow||52.5|
|01/02||Mario Jardel||Sporting Lisbon||63|
|02/03||Roy Makaay||Deportivo La Coruna||58|
|03/04||Thierry Henry||Arsenal FC||60|
|05/06||Luca Toni||AC Florence||62|
|06/07||Francesco Totti||AS Roma||52|
|07/08||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||62|
|08/09||Diego Forlan||Atletico Madrid||64|
|09/10||Lionel Messi||FC Barcelona||68|
|10/11||Cristiano Ronaldo||real Madrid||80|
|11/12||Lionel Messi||FC Barcelona||100|
|12/13||Lionel Messi||FC Barcelona||92|
|14/15||Cristiano Ronaldo||real Madrid||96|
|15/16||Luis Suarez||FC Barcelona||80|
|16/17||Lionel Messi||FC Barcelona||74|
Which German won the Golden Shoe award?
The only German who has so far been able to enter the list of award winners is Gerd Müller.
The “Bomber” achieved this feat in the 1969/70 and 71/72 seasons with 38 and 40 goals respectively.
Which Bundesliga players won the golden shoe?
Apart from Gerd Müller, no Bundesliga player has ever won the golden shoe. Müller won both of his awards as a Bayern Munich player.
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