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A look at the European Golden Shoe winners in the past 5 seasons

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi has won a record six Golden Shoe awards
Lionel Messi has won a record six Golden Shoe awards / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
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The European Golden Shoe is a award presented each season to the leading goalscorer in league games from the top-five leagues in Europe, with it being calculated using a weighting in favour of the highest ranked leagues.

A number of great players have won the award since it's inception in the 1967/68 season, and here we take a look at the European Golden Shoe winners over the past five seasons.

1. Robert Lewandowski - 2020/21 - 41 goals

Robert Lewandowski
FC Bayern München v VfL Bochum - Bundesliga / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski finally was recognised with an individual honour, with the Polish hitman being awarded the award for scoring a staggering 41 goals in the 2020/21 season.

The 33-year-old has firmly established himself as the best striker in the world over the past three years and he has been the main reason why Bayern Munich have dominated the footballing sphere in Germany and Europe.

2. Ciro Immobile - 2019/20 - 36 goals

Ciro Immobile Of SS Lazio Receives The Golden Boot Award
Ciro Immobile Of SS Lazio Receives The Golden Boot Award / Marco Rosi - SS Lazio/Getty Images

Ciro Immobile enjoyed a brilliant 2019/20 campaign, scoring 36 goals in the Serie A to equal Gino Rossetti and Gonzalo Higuain's record for most goals in a Serie A season.

His heroics also led him to win the European Golden Shoe, thereby becoming the first Italian player or player from Serie A to win the award since Francesco Totti in 2007.

3. Lionel Messi - 2018/19 - 36 goals

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi receiving Golden Shoe award / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Lionel Messi won the last of his record sixth European Golden Shoe award in 2018/19, during which he netted 36 goals and led Barcelona to the LaLiga title that season.

The 2018/19 was also the last time that the Catalan giants won the league title.

4. Lionel Messi - 2017/18 - 34 goals

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi receiving Golden Shoe award / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

The Argentinian was in brilliant form during the season, where he once again led from the front in the league netting 34 goals, leading Barcelona to the double.

It was also the season that saw the Catalan giants set the longest unbeaten streak in LaLiga history.

5. Lionel Messi - 2016/17 - 37 goals

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FBL-ESP-LIGA-BARCELONA-DEPORTIVO / JAVIER SORIANO/Getty Images

The record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner was once again in supreme form in the 2016/17 season, though his heroics could only help Barcelona win the Copa del Rey that campaign.

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