Goals are the prime reason for us to watch football. There is nothing better sight in Football than watching your favourite team and player hit the ball back of the net. The Strikers get loved by the fans more than anyone as they regularly finished on the scoresheet. There are many legendary goalscorers in football history who have proven their worth every single time stepping on the field. Today, we will take a look at the players with the Most Goals in a Season in Europe’s Top Five Leagues in the last 24 Seasons.
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Europe’s Top Five Leagues: Most Goals in a Season by a Player
England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1, and Germany’s Bundesliga are the five biggest leagues in Europe. The top five leagues represent the continent’s best teams. The top teams have a global fanbase and the best players in European Football must have to play in the biggest and most challenging stages to prove themselves worthy all the time. Those teams produce some talents or bring some talents from other regions of the world and then nurture them to become the Ultimate Superstars of the Footballing World.
Every Goalscorer worth his salt dreams of making it big in the top five European leagues as those leagues are the most famous and challenging in the whole world. If a Striker scores goals on a regular basis in the best leagues then they must be special to be out there.
European Golden Shoe:
The European Golden Shoe (Mostly referred to as the European Golden Boot) is an award that is given to the player who finishes the season as the leading league scorer across all of Europe’s top divisions. It was first introduced for the 1967-68 season by French football magazine L’Equipe – who called the award the Soulier d’Or, which translates to ‘Golden Shoe’. Now it is presented on an annual basis.
Since ESM took over the running of the Golden Shoe award in 1996-97, a points system based on league strength has been utilized in order to find the top scorer. Goals scored in the continent’s top five leagues are multiplied by a factor of two, those scored in the leagues 6 to 21 are multiplied by a factor of 1.5, and the remaining leagues by a factor of one. In short, the best among the best who are the top scorers of their respective leagues fight for the European Golden Boot.
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Most Goals in a Season by a Player in Europe’s Top Five Leagues in the last 10 Seasons:
Erling Haaland | 2022-23
After joining Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund, Erling Haaland kept on breaking record after record. Although everyone thought it would impossible for the Norwegian striker to emulate his Bundesliga success in the toughest league in the world, Haaland proved everyone wrong. With Pep Guardiola’s vision and playmakers like Kevin de Bryune in the team, Haaland kept on smashing Premier League records soon after joining the team.
To date, he has already scored 35 goals in 32 appearances and also assisted 7 times for his teammates as well. He has gone past Alan Shearer to become the player with the most goals in a season in Premier League. It is almost sure that he will win the European Golden Boot in the 2022/23 season.
Robert Lewandowski | 2021-22
Lewandowski scored 35 Bundesliga goals in 2021/22, adding to his record-breaking 41-goal tally the previous campaign. The 33-year-old finished comfortably clear of Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe (28 goals), Lazio’s Ciro Immobile, and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema (both 27 goals) in the final European scoring charts.
Lewandowski’s goal-scoring exploits helped Bayern claim a 10th successive Bundesliga title. He also won the fifth straight Bundesliga top scorer’s prize (seventh overall). The two-time Best FIFA Men’s Player also set Bundesliga’s best record for most single-season away (19) and calendar year goals (43).
Robert Lewandowski | 2020-21
Lewandowski missed 4 league games in the 2020/21 Bundesliga season but still ended up breaking Gerd Muller’s single-season scoring record, a mark that had stood for nearly half a century. He won his first European Golden Shoe after scoring 41 goals in 29 Bundesliga appearances. Lewandowski comfortably outscored the likes of Lionel Messi (30) and Cristiano Ronaldo (29).
The UEFA and FIFA Best Player averaged 1.50 goals per 90 minutes over the course of Bayern’s ninth-successive-title-winning season. He only failed to score in four of his 29 top-flight outings and found the net more than once on 10 occasions.
Ciro Immobile | 2019-20
Italy international Ciro Immobile has been one of the most consistent goalscorers in Serie A in recent years. He won the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe, scoring 36 goals for Lazio in a tremendous Serie A season. The Italian fought off competition from Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the prize. His superb goalscoring season helped Lazio to finish in the 4th position of the Serie A table and automatically qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League 2020/21.
Lionel Messi | 2018-19
Legendary Argentine Footballer Lionel Andrés Messi went on to score 36 goals for Barcelona during the 2018-19 tournament. He finished top of the scoring list in Laliga that season which helped him secure his sixth European Golden Shoe. He also claimed the prestigious prize for the third consecutive (2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19) time. Barcelona won 26, lost 3 & drew 9 matches from the competition to win the tournament edition and qualify for the Champions League group stage of 2019/20. Messi scored three hat-tricks during the tournament, in a 5-0 win against Levante, in a 4-2 win against Sevilla, and in a 4-1 win against Real Betis.
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Most Goals in a Season in Europe’s Top Five Leagues:
Lionel Messi | 2017-18
Despite not producing the same numbers as in previous campaigns, Lionel Messi’s 34 goals in La Liga proved enough for him to claim a fifth Golden Shoe prize. Barcelona dominated the league and ended up with 93 points, 14 points clear of Atletico Madrid sitting in the 2nd Position. Messi’s huge goal tally helped Barca claim their 25th La Liga title in the 2017/18 season.
Lionel Messi | 2016-17
There have been points in the season when he was carrying Barcelona on his shoulders when the Catalan Giants really needed him. The El Clasico always comes to mind but there were lots of games to talk about. The Argentine International didn’t get enough credit for the evolution he brought to his game that season. He scored 37 goals and secured the Golden Shoe for the fourth time in his career. Although Barcelona lost the La Liga title, they secured the Copa del Rey & Supercopa de España with a Quarter-Finals exit in the Champions League.
Football fans witnessed the fully pledged complete Lionel Messi from 2016 to 2020. He might not dribble past 5 people every 5 minutes, but he was capable of eliminating five with his passes. Messi proved himself as one of the best since his arrival in the footballing world but he had the complete structure around him. This was the first time he came out not only as a proven goalscorer but also as a Leader.
Luis Suárez | 2015-16
Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez registered his name on the 2015-16 Golden Shoe. The Uruguay International got the award for the second time in his career after bagging 40 goals. He grabbed the prestigious award for the second time after the 2013/14 season. His massive goals tally helped Barcelona clinch the title for the 24th time.
Cristiano Ronaldo | 2014-15
Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed Messi for the coveted prize with his mammoth 48-goal haul in La Liga. The Portuguese was in the form of his life, scoring goals at an unbelievable rate. The Ballon d’Or winner even struck 10 goals in the Champions League, where Real’s run was halted in the semi-finals by Juventus.
Real Madrid although weren’t able to build on last season’s success and ended the current one empty-handed, their ebullient winger burnished his status as the world’s best.
Cristiano Ronaldo & Luis Suárez | 2013-14
The ESM Golden Shoe was shared for only the second time after Real Madrid Striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool FC forward Luis Suárez ended their respective seasons with 31 goals. Suárez’s haul so nearly ended the Reds’ 24-year wait for their 19th English league title but City anyhow clinched the title by 2 points. Ronaldo joins last term’s recipient Lionel Messi as a three-time winner. Although Real Madrid finished third in the La Liga points table, Ronaldo tried his best to finish the season on a high note.
Most Goals in a Season by a Player in Europe’s Top Five Leagues in the last 24 Seasons:
|2022||35||Robert Lewandowski (2)||Bayern Munich||Germany Bundesliga|
|2021||41||Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||Germany Bundesliga|
|2020||36||Ciro Immobile||Lazio||Italy Serie A|
|2019||36||Lionel Messi (6)||Barcelona||Spain La Liga|
|2018||34||Lionel Messi (5)||Barcelona||Spain La Liga|
|2017||37||Lionel Messi (4)||Barcelona||Spain La Liga|
|2016||40||Luis Suárez (2)||Barcelona||Spain La Liga|
|2015||48||Cristiano Ronaldo (4)||Real Madrid||Spain La Liga|
|2014||31||Luis Suárez||Liverpool||England Premier League|
|2014||31||Cristiano Ronaldo (3)||Real Madrid||Spain La Liga|
|2013||46||Lionel Messi (3)||Barcelona||Spain La Liga|
|2012||50||Lionel Messi (2)||Barcelona||Spain La Liga|
|2011||40||Cristiano Ronaldo (2)||Real Madrid||Spain La Liga|
|2010||34||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Spain La Liga|
|2009||32||Diego Forlán (2)||Atlético Madrid||Spain La Liga|
|2008||31||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||England Premier League|
|2007||26||Francesco Totti||Roma||Italy Serie A|
|2006||31||Luca Toni||Fiorentina||Italy Serie A|
|2005||25||Thierry Henry (2)||Arsenal||England Premier League|
|2005||25||Diego Forlán||Villarreal||Spain La Liga|
|2004||30||Thierry Henry||Arsenal||England Premier League|
|2003||29||Roy Makaay||Deportivo La Coruña||Spain La Liga|
|2002||42||Mário Jardel (2)||Sporting CP||Portugal Primeira Liga|
|2001||35||Henrik Larsson||Celtic||Scottish Premier League|
|2000||30||Kevin Phillips||Sunderland||England Premier League|
|1999||36||Mário Jardel||Porto||Portugal Primeira Liga|