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Back in 1968 when they introduced the European Golden Shoe award it was called the “Soulier d’Or” (Golden Shoe). The Golden Shoe was an award which was awarded to the players with most league goals.
That included most goals in Cup competition and European goals were not included, only respective leagues. The award was awarded by the L’Équipe magazine since its inception in 1968. During the 1996-97 season that changed to the European Sports Media.
UEFA Coefficient Rule
From 1968-1991, the Golden Shoe was awarded to anyone regardless of the toughness of the league or the number of games the player had taken part in. During this period, Eusébio, Gerd Müller, Dudu Georgescu and Fernando Gomes each won the Golden Shoe twice. That doesn’t mean these players did not deserve the Golden Shoe (Shoe).
After a number of complaints, The European Sports Media has awarded the Golden shoe to players according to points obtained. This allows players in tougher leagues to claim the award even if they scored fewer goals than players in weaker leagues.
In 1991, The European Golden Shoe rules were revived with leagues around the world divided according to UEFA Coefficients were goals scored in top leagues like in England, Spanish and Germany were given 2.0 points while goals scored in leagues like the French Ligue 1, Dutch League etc were given 1.5 points.
Who won the inaugural European Golden Shoe Award in 1968?
So who won the inaugural European Golden Shoe award in 1968? The first European Golden Shoe winner was the Portuguese star Eusébio. Eusébio scored 43 goals for Benfica in Primeira Liga during 1968 season.
That was the most league goals in Europe during 1968 and Eusébio was awarded the first Golden Shoe. Eusébio received the Golden Shoe award again later in 1973 when he scored 40 goals.
|1968–69||Petar Zhekov||CSKA Sofia||Parva Liga|
|1969–70||Gerd Müller||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga|
|1970–71||Josip Skoblar||Marseille||Ligue 1|
|1973–74||Héctor Yazalde||Sporting CP||Primeira Liga|
|1974–75||Dudu Georgescu||Dinamo||București Liga I|
|1975–76||Sotiris Kaiafas||Omonia Nicosia||Cypriot First Division|
|1976–77||Dudu Georgescu||Dinamo||București Liga I|
|1977–78||Hans Krankl||Rapid Wien||Austrian Bundesliga|
|1979–80||Erwin Vandenbergh||Lierse||Belgian First Division|
|1980–81||Georgi Slavkov||Botev Plovdiv||Parva Liga|
|1982–83||Fernando Gomes||Porto||Primeira Liga|
|1983–84||Ian Rush||Liverpool||First Division|
|1984–85||Fernando Gomes||Porto||Primeira Liga|
|1985–86||Marco van Basten||Ajax||Eredivisie|
|1986–87||Toni Polster||Austria Wien||Austrian Bundesliga|
|1987–88||Tanju Çolak||Galatasaray||Süper Lig|
|1988–89||Dorin Mateuț||Dinamo||București Liga I|
|1989–90||Hugo Sánchez||Real Madrid||La Liga|
|1989–90||Hristo Stoichkov||CSKA Sofia||A PFG|
|1990-91||Darko Pančev||Red Star Belgrade||Yugoslav First League|
|1992–93||Ally McCoist||Rangers||Scottish Premier Division|
|1993–94||David Taylor||Porthmadog||League of Wales|
|1994–95||Arsen Avetisyan||Homenetmen||Armenian League|
|1995–96||Zviad Endeladze||Margveti||Umaglesi Liga|
|1998–99||Mário Jardel||Porto||Primeira Liga|
|2000||Kevin Phillips||Sunderland||English Premier League|
|2001||Henrik Larsson||Celtic||Scottish Premier League|
|2002||Mário Jardel||Sporting||Portugal Liga|
|2003||Roy Makaay||Deportivo||Spanish La Liga|
|2004||Thierry Henry||Arsenal||English Premier League|
|2005||Thierry Henry||Arsenal||English Premier League|
|2006||Luca Toni||Fiorentina||Italian Serie A|
|2007||Francesco Totti||Roma||Italian Serie A|
|2008||Cristiano Ronaldo||Man Utd||English Premier League|
|2009||Diego Forlán||Athletico Madrid||Spanish La Liga|
|2010||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Spanish La Liga|
|2011||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Spanish La Liga|
|2012||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Spanish La Liga|
|2013||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Spanish La Liga|
|2014||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Spanish La Liga|
|2015||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Spanish La Liga|
|2016||Luis Suarez||Barcelona||Spanish La Liga|
|2017||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Spanish La Liga|
|2018||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Spanish La Liga|
|2019||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Spanish La Liga|
|2020||Ciro Immobile||Lazio||Serie A|
|2021||Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga|
|2022||Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga|
Which player has the most Golden Shoes? Most European Golden Shoes awarded!
Who has been awarded the Most European Golden Shoe? Lionel Messi is the player that has been awarded the most European Golden Shoe.
Lionel Messi is the only player to have won the European Golden Shoe six times. He also holds the record for most goals and most points in a single season (50 and 100 respectively, in 2011–12).
Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to have won the European Golden Shoe four times.
Although Lionel Messi was the first three-time Golden Shoe winner in a row during 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2012-13. He also accomplished that again during 2016-17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Gerd Müller was the first player to win the award twice in a row, in 1969-70 and 1970-7.
|Lionel Messi||6||2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||4||2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15|
|Gerd Müller||2||1969-70, 1971-72|
|Dudu Georgescu||2||1974-75, 1976-77|
|Fernando Gomes||2||1982-83, 1984-85|
|Ally McCoist||2||1991-92, 1992-93|
|Mário Jardel||2||1998-99, 2001-02|
|Thierry Henry||2||2003-04, 2004-05|