Top Contenders for European Golden Shoe: January 2019
The race for the European Golden Shoe continues to heat up as we get closer to the business end of the season. December’s ranking saw a lot of new faces occupy the top 10 spots but the ‘big boys’ seem to have upped their games in the last one month.
In December, there were many goals scored across Europe’s top five leagues, but the competitors for the Golden Shoe award remain very close. While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi remain in the mix, it is increasingly looking like the superstar duo will face stiffer opposition this time around.
Players in the Premier League and Serie A have had a bit of an advantage since both leagues are still ongoing, while the others are currently on break. However, every player is sure to have the same chance, come the end of the season.
So, let’s take a look at how the race for the 2018/2019 European Golden Shoe award looks like as we begin January.
(NB: This ranking is based on goals scored by players in ONLY Europe’s top five leagues and, should players have the same number of goals, their assists will be used to decide who stays top of the other.)
#10 Luka Jovic (12 goals – 24 points)
January’s list top scorers in Europe’s top five leagues begins with Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic who has managed 12 league goals this season. The 21-year-old may be considered an outsider by many, but he has so far shown that he is up for the challenge.
Currently, the Serbia international sits top of the German Bundesliga scoring charts and averages a goal per 84 minutes. It is a return that gives him a better conversion rate than Luis Suarez, who occupied the 10th position during the December rankings for the European Golden Shoe award.
Jovic’s 12 goals put him on 24 points on the ranking, and he also boasts three assists to his name. Not bad for a new entrant.
#9 Fabio Quagliarella (12 goals – 24 points)
Another unfamiliar face who makes this list is the veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella. The Sampdoria striker is in the form of his life and is one of the main reasons why the club is flying high in Serie A.
Quagliarella was previously absent from the list of top scoring players at the start of December, but he scored lots of goals in the league last month. The former Juventus forward also has 12 goals, representing 24 points and has five assists to his name as well.
Perhaps, many do not consider Quagliarella as a favourite to scoop the European Golden Shoe award, but should he maintain his form, then he could just be up there with the eventual challengers.