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5 attackers who could pip Lionel Messi to the Champions League Golden Shoe this season

Jidonu Mauyon
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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been tipped to claim the Champions League Golden Shoe this term
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been tipped to claim the Champions League Golden Shoe this term

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 attacker has been a huge revelation in the European tournament so far this season
The attacker has been a huge revelation in the European tournament so far this season

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.

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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.

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Jidonu Mauyon
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Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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