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Golden Boot Winners List | Do You Know Who Is At The Top? – 2021

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Sports is all about hard work and recognition. Sure money might be another factor, but athletes focus more on winning personal accolades and setting records. In football, there are many individual trophies and Golden Shoe is one of them. Here is the complete golden boot winners list.

The golden boot was introduced in 1968 and was termed as “Soulier d’Or”. 

Earlier, the Golden Shoe was given to anyone, regardless of how difficult the league was or how many games the athlete had played in, including the majority of goals scored in Cup competition, but not European goals, just goals scored in different leagues. 

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But following a multitude of criticisms, the European Sports Media started giving the Golden Shoe to players based on their points total. It allows players from harder leagues to win even if they scored fewer goals than players from weaker leagues. Players from England, Spain, and Germany received 2.0 points, whilst goals scored in other football leagues such as the French Ligue 1, Dutch League received 1.5 points.

Golden Boot Winners List

PlayerNo. of bootsSeasons
Lionel Messi62009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017/18, 2018/19
Cristiano Ronaldo42007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14 (shared), 2014–15
Eusébio21967-68, 1972-73
Gerd Müller21969-70, 1971-72
Dudu Georgescu21974-75, 1976-77
Fernando Gomes21982-83, 1984-85
Ally McCoist21991-92, 1992-93
Mário Jardel21998-99, 2001-02
Thierry Henry22003-04, 2004-05
Diego Forlán22004-05, 2008-09
Luis Suárez22013–14 (shared), 2015–16

Golden boot winners list: Lionel Messi

Messi receives his sixth Golden Shoe | KreedOn
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Lionel Messi is the record winner of the European golden boot. The former Barcelona man has won it 6 times and is the first player to win the boot three times consecutively. He stands at 1st place in the golden boot winners list.

Golden boot winners list: Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo golden boots - KreedOn
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At no. 2 in the golden boot winners list, we have Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano makes a room in this list behind Messi with 4 golden boots. The Portuguese won three with Los Blancos and one with his current team Manchester United, back in 2007. 

Golden boot winners list: Eusebio
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Eusebio was the first player to win the golden boot in 1968. He hold the 3rd spot in the golden boot winners list. The Portuguese again won the award in 1972 and won both his boots with the Primeira Liga side, SL Benfica. 

Golden boot winners list: Gerd Muller

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Gerd Muller is one of the greatest footballers of all time, was the first player to win the boot twice. He won both the golden boot with German champions Bayern Munich and was also the leading goalscorer in the club’s history.

Dudu Georgescu

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Dudu Georgescu is a former Romanian striker and coach. Dudu won two golden boots with Romanian Liga 1 side Dinamo București. He was regarded as one of the best strikers and was also awarded as Romanian Player of the year in 1976.

Fernando Gomes

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Known for his famous quote, ‘Scoring goals is like having an orgasm’, Fernando Gomes enjoyed great success with FC Porto. The Portuguese striker won both awards for being a top scorer in Primeira Liga. 

Ally McCoist
golden boot winners list | Ally McCoist | KreedOn
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Ally McCoist MBE is a famous Scotland-born footballer and has been a manager and a football pundit. The Bellshill-born striker also won golden boots back to back with Scottish giants Rangers in the years 1991 and 1992. 

Mario Jardel

Mario Jarde | golden boot winners list - KreedOn
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Gremio legend Mario Jardel was one of the best strikers in Brazil. The Brazilian, however, moved to Europe and won both his golden boots in the Primeira Liga, one with FC Porto and the second one with Sporting CP. 

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry | golden boot winners list - KreedOn
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Regarded as one of the best strikers in the Premier League, Henry is another gem who won back-to-back golden boots with Arsenal for seasons 2004/5 and 2005/6. The Frenchman was a key figure at the Emirates, who later won trophies at Barca.

Diego Forlan

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Diego Forlan is Uruguay’s one of the greatest strikers of all time. A lethal finisher, Deigo won the golden boot with Villareal and shared the boot alongside Henry. The Uruguayan then later won the boot with Atletico Madrid, during the 2008-9 campaign.

Luis Suarez

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Uruguayan have had some of the best strikers and Suarez was one of them. El pistero has two golden boots in his name, one he shared with Cristiano during the 2013/14 campaign with Liverpool and the second one with Spanish giants Barcelona. 


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