European Golden Shoe 2019/20: Erling Haaland, Jamie Vardy and Robert Lewandowski lead Lionel Messi in race for top goalscorer prize

The race for the European Golden Shoe is on.

Lionel Messi has won the prestigious award for the past three seasons with Barcelona as he continues his outrageous performances in Spain.

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Lionel Messi has struggled with muscle injuries this season
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However, the Argentine superstar’s current campaign has been disrupted by injuries, allowing other players to overtake his eight league goals.

Jamie Vardy has made a blistering start to the season in the Premier League, while Robert Lewandowski continues to outscore everyone in Germany.

Below, talkSPORT.com looks at who leads the race for the 2019/20 Golden Shoe award.

The European Sports Media [ESM] Golden Shoe rankings are based on league goals scored multiplied by a figure denoting the difficulty ranking of each league, which is calculated using the UEFA coefficient list.

Only the top five leagues [Premier League, Serie A, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1] have a x2 multiplier; middle ranked leagues have a x1.5 multiplier, while the lower-ranked leagues are x1.

10. Muamer Tankovic (Hammarby, Allsvenskan)

14 goals – Golden Shoe calculation: 14 x 1.5 = 21 points

Tankovic has scored 14 goals in 28 appearances in Sweden’s top-flight this year. He helped Hammarby finish in a respectable third place, just a point off champions Djurgarden.

The 24-year-old made six appearances for Fulham, including three outings in the Premier League, in the 2013/14 campaign, before being released at the end of the season.

European football expert and talkSPORT contributor Lee Roden has tipped Tankovic to leave Hammarby for a bigger club.

He said: “I’m not even exaggerating when I say that Hammarby are playing some of the most exciting attacking football that I’ve seen this year.”

7= Tomislav Kis (Zalgiris, A Lyga)

22 goals – Golden Shoe calculation: 22 x 1 = 22 points

Kis is the top scorer in A Lyga, Lithuania’s top-flight, with 25 goals.

With their season set to end later this month, Zalgiris will finish second as they are 13 points behind champions FK Suduva.

Kis is a former Croatia Under-21 international and used to be on Dinamo Zagreb’s books as a youngster.

7= Timo Werner (RB Leipzig, Bundesliga)

11 goals – Golden Shoe calculation: 11 x 2 = 22 points

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Timo Werner is attracting interest from the Premier League
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Only Lewandowski (16) has scored more league goals than Werner (11) in Germany this season.

The Germany striker has been linked with big-money moves to Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United, despite signing a new contract with RB Leipzig in the summer.

Reports have claimed Werner has a buyout clause of only £27million.

Earlier this month, RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche insisted the club would not sell Werner in January.

He told Bild: “Timo just extended his contract with us recently, and we’re not thinking about letting him go at all.”

7= Jamie Vardy (Leicester City, Premier League)

11 goals – Golden Shoe calculation: 11 x 2 = 22 points

Vardy is leading Leicester’s surprise title charge this season.

The 32-year-old is the Premier League’s top scorer with 11 goals and has netted in his past four games.

Leicester are second in the Premier League after 12 games, eight points behind leaders Liverpool.

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Jamie Vardy is the Premier League’s top scorer
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5= Mohamed Buya Turay (Djurgardens, Allsvenskan)

15 goals – Golden Shoe calculation: 15 x 1.5 = 22.5 points

Turay scored 15 goals in 29 games to finish as the top scorer in the Allsvenskan.

He is set to return to his parent club St Truiden in Belgium.

5= Erling Haaland (Red Bull Salzburg, Austrian Bundesliga)

15 goals – Golden Shoe calculation: 15 x 1.5 = 22.5 points

Haaland has scored 15 goals in 14 games so far this season.

The 19-year-old’s form has seen him linked with Europe’s biggest clubs, including Manchester United and Man City.

Haaland’s dad, Alf-Inge, exclusively told talkSPORT his son would like to play in the Premier League and supports Leeds, Man City and Nottingham Forest.

He said: “It is different being a supporter and having a job, but he was born in Leeds.

“At one stage he would like to play in the Premier League, but when that will happen, I don’t know. It is a very tough league.

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Erling Haaland has a lot of admirers from Europe’s biggest clubs
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“Up to now he is ahead of the stage we thought he would be at. He is built for the Premier League, but whether that will happen now or at a later stage, we don’t know.

“He is at Red Bull, a fantastic club playing Champions League so in a way he is in no hurry.

Haaland has scored five hat-tricks already this season, including one in his first appearance in the Champions League against Genk.

4. Ilya Shkurin (Energetik-BGU, Belarusian Premier League)

17 goals – Golden Shoe calculation: 17 x 1.5 = 25.5 points

Despite Energetik-BGU’s low position of 12th, Shkurin has an impressive return of 17 goals in 24 appearances, including four strikes against FC Minsk in September.

3. Ciro Immobile (Lazio, Serie A)

14 goals – Golden Shoe calculation: 14 x 2 = 28 points

Immobile has been one of Serie A’s most prolific strikers over the past few years – and this season looks to be no different.

The Italy forward is leading the 2019/20 scoring charts in Italy with 14 goals in 12 games, five clear of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku.

Immobile scored in his seventh successive Serie A game in Lazio’s 4-2 win over Lecce on Sunday.

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Ciro Immobile is Lazio’s talisman
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2. Erik Sorga, (Flora Tallinn, Meistriliiga)

29 goals – Golden Shoe calculation: 29 x 1 = 29 points

Sorga ended the Meistriliiga 2019 season as the top scorer on 31 goals.

The 20-year-old’s goals helped Flora Tallinn win a 12th title in Estonia.

Sorga has been capped four times by Estonia.

1. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)

16 goals – Golden Shoe calculation: 16 x 2 = 32 points

The Poland striker is showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 31.

Lewandowski has started the new Bundesliga season on fire, netting 16 goals in just 11 games.

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Robert Lewandowski is in terrific goalscoring form
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He has set a new record of scoring in every league match so far this season.

In all competitions, Lewandowski has scored 23 goals in 18 appearances.

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