Race for the European Golden Shoe 2023/24: Mbappe surpasses Haaland, strange stars follow Kane

The race for the Golden Boot in the 2023/24 season is going on dramatically.

There weren’t too many bright stars shining brightly in Europe at the series of matches that took place last weekend. Haaland or Bellingham both failed, while Kane has not played yet because the match between Bayern and Union Berlin was postponed when the snow fell too heavily.

Mbappe is one of the rare big players who shines. The French striker scored a classy goal in PSG’s 2-0 victory over Le Havre in round 14 of Ligue 1. 

Mbappe maintains impressive form
Mbappe maintains impressive form

This goal helped Mbappe accumulate 15 goals in Ligue 1. Thanks to that, the striker born in 1998 surpassed Haaland in the Golden Boot race for the 2023/24 season with 1 more goal. 

In terms of goals, Mbappe loses to many other players in Europe. But remember that the ranking mechanism in the Golden Shoe race is not only based on the number of goals scored. 

Based on UEFA’s coefficient rankings, players playing in the top 5 European leagues including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 will receive 2 points for each goal. Mid-range prizes have 1.5 points/table, the remaining prizes have 1 point/table.

Therefore, Mbappe has a good ranking in the Golden Shoe race. The PSG star ranked 5th with 30 points in hand.

In the higher rankings is the presence of Serhou Guirassy (Stuttgart, 16 goals and 32 points), Amahl Pellegrino (Bodo/Glimt, 24 goals and 36 points), Kane (Bayern, 18 goals and 36 points). The leader is Akor Adams of Montpellier with 22 goals and 36.5 points. The reason Akor Adams’ score is not much superior to Kane is because he had many goals for Lillestrom, the team currently playing in the Norwegian National Championship.

Akor Adams
Akor Adams caused a surprise in the 2023/24 European Golden Shoe race

With the current situation, Kane can take the lead in the European Golden Shoe race in the near future. The English striker’s form has been maintained extremely well since arriving at Bayern.

Top 10 players leading the 2023/24 Golden Boot race

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