5 attackers who could pip Lionel Messi to the Champions League Golden Shoe this season
The UEFA Champions League is the biggest football competition in Europe and Argentine maestro Lionel Messi and his Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo being the biggest superstars on the continent, have dominated the European tournament for the past 10 years.
Their dominance has been so great that the two of them have shared the Champions League Golden Shoe between themselves during these years.
But with Ronaldo struggling to find his feet after scoring just once in the tournament so far this season, many have tipped Lionel Messi to pick up the award - having shone in front of goal during the group stage of the competition.
With an incredible 6 goals to his name in just 4 appearances in the tournament so far this season, it looks like Lionel Messi is on the right path to claim the Champions League Golden Shoe once again.
However, it should not be forgotten that there are other superstars who have also been running riot in front of goal, and with their extraordinary performances, they have shown that they are capable of beating anyone to the award this term.
Below, we take a look at 5 of the biggest challengers to Messi's throne:
#5 Moussa Marega
The UEFA Champions League afforded many lesser known players the opportunity to bring their names to highlight during the group stages. FC Porto striker Moussa Marega was one of these fantastic players who took advantage of this massive privilege.
The Mali International opened his Champions League account with a beautiful effort against Galatasaray FC in their second game which was enough to grant the Portuguese giants a vital victory, having drawn their opening fixture against Schalke 04.
Ever since then, the attacker has been quite unstoppable in front of goal, with his incredible 5 efforts in 6 appearances helping the Primeira Liga outfit to secure a place in the knockout phase of the tournament.
Marega is currently one of the top scorers in the Champions League and there is no doubt he stands a chance against Lionel Messi for the Golden Shoe this term.