European Golden Shoe 2023/24 standings: Final rankings as Harry Kane wins race to be Europe’s best goalscorer

The European Golden Shoe accolade is presented annually to the top goal scorer in league matches across the top divisions of Europe’s national leagues.

Last season saw Erling Haaland take Robert Lewandowski’s crown, as the Norwegian netted 36 goals in 35 matches, playing a pivotal role in Manchester City’s treble triumph.

Hot on Haaland’s heels were Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe, who were both competing at the top of this year’s table.

The Sporting News takes a look at this year’s final standings after the conclusion of the European club season.

TOP SCORERS 2023/24: Premier League | UEFA Champions League 

How does the European Golden Shoe work? Rules for goalscoring standings

The European Golden Shoe does not only take total goals scored into account. It also makes adjustments based on the difficulty of the leagues in which the players are operating.

The standings are determined by a points system. Players earn points through a simple formula: their total goal tally is multiplied by a factor, which is based on the UEFA coefficient ranking of the league in which they play. For instance, the Bundesliga has a ‘factor’ of two, which means Harry Kane’s points tally is equal to the number of goals he has scored, multiplied by two.

The idea is to create a system where goals scored in the perceived tougher leagues in Europe are given greater weight than goals scored in less competitive, high-quality divisions.

European Golden Shoe 2023/24 standings: Updated rankings

Updated on Monday, June 3, 2024

Position Player Team Goals Factor Points
1. Harry Kane Bayern Munich 36 2 72
2. Serhou Guirassy VfB Stuttgart 28 2 56
3.  Kylian Mbappe Paris Saint-Germain 27 2 54
4.  Erling Haaland Manchester City 27 2 54
5. Lautaro Martinez Inter Milan 24 2 48
6. Lois Openda RB Leipzig 24 2 48
7. Artem Dovbyk Girona 24 2 48
8. Alexander Sorloth Villarreal 23 2 46
9. Cole Palmer Chelsea 22 2 44
10. Viktor Gyokeres Sporting CP 29 1.5 43.5
= Vangelis Pavlidis AZ 29 1.5 43.5
= Luuk de Jong PSV 29 1.5 43.5
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European Golden Shoe previous winners

Between 1968 and 1991, the Golden Shoe was awarded solely to the highest goalscorer in any European league, regardless of league strength or number of games played. Eusebio, Gerd Muller, Dudu Georgescu, and Fernando Gomes each claimed the honour twice during this period.

A hiatus occurred from 1991 to 1996 due to a protest by the Cyprus FA. Since 1996/97, the award has been determined by a points system, favouring players in tougher leagues.

Goals scored in any of the top five leagues count double, encouraging competition among players in the higher-ranked leagues for the prize. Exceptions include Henrik Larsson (2000/01 Scottish Premier League) and Mario Jardel (1998/99 Primeira Divisao, 2001/02 Primeira Liga).

In 2019/20, tiebreaker rules shifted to minutes played, then assists and penalties.

Year Player Name Team Name Goals
1967/68 Eusébio Benfica 42
1968/69 Petar Zhekov CSKA Sofia 36
1969/70 Gerd Müller Bayern Munich 38
1970/71 Josip Skoblar Marseille 44
1971/72 Gerd Müller Bayern Munich 40
1972/73 Eusébio Benfica 40
1973/74 Héctor Yazalde Sporting CP 46
1974/75 Dudu Georgescu Dinamo București 33
1975/76 Sotiris Kaiafas Omonia Nicosia 39
1976/77 Dudu Georgescu Dinamo București 47
1977/78 Hans Krankl Rapid Wien 41
1978/79 Kees Kist AZ 34
1979/80 Erwin Vandenbergh Lierse 39
1980/81 Georgi Slavkov Botev Plovdiv 31
1981/82 Wim Kieft Ajax 32
1982/83 Fernando Gomes Porto 36
1983/84 Ian Rush Liverpool 32
1984/85 Fernando Gomes Porto 39
1985/86 Marco van Basten Ajax 37
1986/87 Toni Polster Austria Wien 39
1987/88 Tanju Çolak Galatasaray 39
1988/89 Dorin Mateuț Dinamo București 43
1989/90 Hristo Stoichkov CSKA Sofia 38
1990/91 Darko Pančev Red Star Belgrade 34
1991/92 Ally McCoist Rangers 34
1992/93 Ally McCoist Rangers 34
1993/94 David Taylor Porthmadog 43
1994/95 Arsen Avetisyan Homenetmen 39
1995/96 Zviad Endeladze Margveti 40
1996/97 Ronaldo Barcelona 34
1997/98 Nikos Machlas Vitesse 34
1998/99 Mário Jardel Porto 36
1999/2000 Kevin Phillips Sunderland 30
2000/01 Henrik Larsson Celtic 35
2001/02 Mário Jardel Sporting CP 42
2002/03 Roy Makaay Deportivo La Coruña 29
2003/04 Thierry Henry Arsenal 30
2004/05 Thierry Henry Arsenal 25
2005/06 Luca Toni Fiorentina 31
2006/07 Francesco Totti Roma 26
2007/08 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 31
2008/09 Diego Forlán Atlético Madrid 32
2009/10 Lionel Messi Barcelona 34
2010/11 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 40
2011/12 Lionel Messi Barcelona 50
2012/13 Lionel Messi Barcelona 46
2013/14 Luis Suárez Liverpool 31
2014/15 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 48
2015/16 Luis Suárez Barcelona 40
2016/17 Lionel Messi Barcelona 37
2017/18 Lionel Messi Barcelona 34
2018/19 Lionel Messi Barcelona 36
2019/20 Ciro Immobile Lazio 36
2020/21 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 41
2021/22 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 35
2022/23 Erling Haaland Manchester City 36
2023/24 Harry Kane Bayern Munich 36
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