Golden Shoe 2021-22: Lewandowski, Salah & Europe's top scorers

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The race for the 2021-22 Golden Shoe is heating up, as star strikers from across Europe battle it out to earn the honour of being the continent's top scorer.

Last season's winner was none other than Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski who scored a monumental 41 goals – can he do the same this year?

The Polish striker will have to fend off competition from the likes of Mohamed Salah and Erling Haaland, while the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will be keen to have a say too.

GOAL tallies up all the top goalscorers from across Europe's top leagues in 2021-22.

*Note: list includes only top scorers from Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

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    1. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 35 goals (70)

    Robert Lewandowski seems to go from strength to strength at Bayern Munich and, even at the age of 33, is showing no signs of slowing down. The striker is the defending holder of the European Golden Shoe and could very well win it two years in a row. He hit the ground running during the start of the 2021-22 Bundesliga campaign and has maintained momentum through the season.

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    2. Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 28 goals (56)

    Kylian Mbappe struck 27 goals in Ligue 1 last season and now has the added assistance of Lionel Messi to tee him up at Paris Saint-Germain. The France star endured a slow start to the campaign, but will undoubtedly expect to be there or thereabouts when it comes to the end of the season.

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    3. Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 27 goals (54)

    This season has been one for the marked resurgence of Karim Benzema, with the Real Madrid veteran still proving an enormous asset to his team. After a productive summer with France during Euro 2020, Benzema has continued his form for Los Blancos, scoring a hat-trick against Celta Vigo and now a double against Mallorca.

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    4. Ciro Immobile | Lazio | 27 goals (54)

    Lazio star Ciro Immobile scored a whopping 20 goals in Serie A last season as they finished sixth in the table, and will no doubt try to best his record. Now a European Championship winner with Italy, the striker will be eager to push for a higher finish in Serie A this year.

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    5. Patrik Schick | Bayer Leverkusen | 24 goals (48)

    Patrik Schick finished the 2020-21 Bundesliga season having scored nine goals, and is set to far surpass that this year. Schick is Bayer Leverkusen's main man up front, and part of the squad hoping to clinch a Champions League spot this year.
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    6. Wissam Ben Yedder | Monaco | 24 goals (48)

    Wissam Ben Yedder netted an impressive 20 Ligue 1 goals in his second season playing for Monaco after moving to France from Sevilla, and could very well bypass his tally this campaign.
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    7. Dusan Vlahovic | Fiorentina & Juventus | 24 goals (48)

    Serbia international Dusan Vlahovic has earned a reputation as a formidable goalscorer in Serie A and continues to shine after making the move to Juventus.

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    8. Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 22 goals (44)

    Mohamed Salah will be eyeing the Premier League Golden Boot this year as Liverpool try to clinch their second title in three years. Salah has been impressive already this season, netting against the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

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    9. Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund | 22 goals (44)

    At just 21 years of age, Erling Haaland is already battling with Robert Lewandowski for the honour of the Bundesliga top scorer. Haaland continues to be absolutely prolific in front of goal, scoring braces against both Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin.
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    10. Son Heung-min | Tottenham | 21 goals (42)

    Son Heung-min has struck up a productive partnership with Harry Kane at Tottenham, with the pair combining on a regular basis to provide a cutting edge in north London.

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    11. Lautaro Martinez | Inter | 21 goals (42)

    It's been another great start to the season for Lautaro Martinez, who registered his sixth Serie A goal of the season with a strike against Venezia from the spot in a 2-0 win.

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    12. Martin Terrier | Rennes | 21 goals (42)

    The 24-year-old striker has been in excellent form this season, including scoring a hat-trick away to Saint-Etienne.

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    13. Moussa Dembele | Lyon | 21 goals (42)

    Moussa Dembele continues to show why some of Europe's big clubs have been monitoring his development as he enjoys another fine season for Lyon.

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    14. Christopher Nkunku | RB Leipzig | 20 goals (40)

    The ex-PSG striker has put it all together in 2021-22, becoming his side's biggest attacking threat and leading to rumours of a move to a bigger club.

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    15. Anthony Modeste | Koln | 20 goals (40)

    Having endured a number of difficult years, Anthony Modeste is rolling back the years with Koln, scoring on a regular basis once again.

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    16. Cristiano Ronaldo | Man Utd | 18 goals (36)

    Cristiano Ronaldo finished last season as the top scorer in Serie A with 29 goals in 33 appearances and dispelled any doubts that he might slow down on his return to Old Trafford with two goals in his first game back. The Manchester United faithful will be hopeful that the Portugal phenomenon can help clinch a Champions League spot this term.

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    17. Iago Aspas | Celta Vigo | 18 goals (36)

    At 34 years old, Iago Aspas is still regularly finding the net in La Liga.

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    18. Vinicius Jr | Real Madrid | 17 goals (34)

    You'd be forgiven for forgetting that Vinicius Jr is only 21, since the striker has been a rising star at Real Madrid for quite a while now. The young Brazilian's future remains ever bright, consistently posing as an attacking threat for Los Blancos.
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    19. Raul de Tomas | Espanyol | 17 goals (34)

    Espanyol forward Raul de Tomas has impressed in La Liga this season, carrying the form that saw him net 23 times in the Segunda into this term.
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    20. Tammy Abraham | Roma | 17 goals (34)

    In his first season with Roma after his move from Chelsea, Tammy Abraham is starting to justify his €40 million (£34m/$47m) price tag.

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    21. Giovanni Simeone | Hellas Verona | 17 goals (34)

    Cagliari forward Giovanni Simeone is spending the 2021-22 season on loan at Hellas Verona and the Argentina international is thriving. Having previously scored double figures in Serie A with Genoa, Fiorentina and Cagliari, he will be aiming to post his best tally yet.

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    22. Harry Kane | Tottenham | 16 goals (32)

    Harry Kane is a three-time Premier League Golden Boot winner and a man that Tottenham can always rely on to chip in with a healthy haul of goals

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    23. Gianluca Scamacca | Sassuolo | 16 goals (32)

    After proving himself across a number of loan spells, Gianluca Scamacca has become an Italy international back at Sassuolo.

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    24. Juanmi | Real Betis | 16 goals (32)

    Having rarely been prolific in his career to date, Betis frontman Juanmi has registered a personal-best goal return in 2021-22.

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    25. Andy Delort | Nice | 16 goals (32)

    A hat-trick on the last day of the season brought Delort's Ligue 1 tally up to 16, while also helping Nice sneak into the UEFA Conference League for 2022-23.

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    26. Diogo Jota | Liverpool | 15 goals (30)

    Portugese forward Diogo Jota has been a revelation for Liverpool since joining from Wolves, with his qualities fitting perfectly with Jurgen Klopp's philosophy at Anfield.

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    27. Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester City | 15 goals (30)

    Manchester City may look to Kevin De Bruyne for creativity in midfield, but he is also capable of chipping in with plenty of goals of his own.

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    28. Jonathan David | Lille | 15 goals (30)

    The 22-year-old has helped to fire Canada to the 2022 World Cup and is generating plenty of transfer talk on the back of another eye-catching season in France.

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    29. Enes Unal | Getafe | 15 goals (30)

    Turkey international EnesUnal is well traveled despite being just 24 years old, but seems to have found a home with Getafe over the past two seasons.

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    30. Sadio Mane | Liverpool | 15 goals (30)

    Liverpool boast a number of proven goal-getters in their ranks, with Sadio Mane sparking Ballon d'Or talk with his form at Anfield.

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    31. Andy Delort | Nice & Montpellier | 15 goals (30)

    Experienced frontman Andy Delort has always been a consistent goalscorer in French football, with the current campaign delivering more of the same.

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    32. Gaetan Laborde | Rennes & Montpellier | 15 goals (30)

    Gaetan Laborde took his goalscoring exploits up a notch when he joined Montpellier in 2018-19 and his performances have earned him a move to Rennes, where he continues to shine.

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    33. Domenico Berardi | Sassuolo | 15 goals (30)

    A Euro 2020 winner with Italy last summer, Domenico Berardi remains a talismanic presence for Sassuolo and a reliable source of end product in the final third.

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    34. Taiwo Awoniyi | Union Berlin | 15 goals (30)

    The Nigerian striker finally severed ties with Liverpool on a permanent basis during the summer of 2021 and has broken through the 20-goal barrier in all competitions while in the German capital.

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    35. Serge Gnabry | Bayern Munich | 14 goals (28)

    While Robert Lewandowski remains the most potent attacking weapon available to Bayern, the likes of Serge Gnabry provide useful support to the prolific Pole.

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    36. Victor Osimhen | Napoli | 14 goals (28)

    Nigeria international Victor Osimhen is seeing his efforts in Itay attract admiring glances from across Europe, with a big-money transfer potentially forming part of his immediate future.

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    37. Marko Arnautovic | Bologna| 14 goals (28)

    Mercurial Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic has settled quickly back in European football following a stint in China.

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    38. Jamie Vardy | Leicester | 14 goals (28)

    Veteran Foxes frontman Jamie Vardy remains one of the most reliable sources of goals in the Premier League, with pace and finishing ability remain key attributes in his game.

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    39. Joselu | Alaves | 14 goals (28)

    Joselu may have struggled to catch the eye in English football with Stoke and Newcastle, but he has continued to impress back in Spanish football.