As the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League continues for the later stages, there are players who are out to trouble opposition keepers in their bid to win the European Golden Shoe.
The award given to the highest scorer in the top five European leagues has attracted six serious contenders with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile looking to win the gong for the first time in his career.
But who are the other players giving him a run for his money?
Lionel Messi-18 goals
The Argentine-who has bagged the award for a record six times-has to be at his best to catch up his competitors.
He has scored 30 goals in each of his past three seasons and is currently the leading scorer in La Liga this season with 18 goals, a tally boosted by a four-goal haul against Eibar last weekend.
Erling Braut Haaland-25 goals
The young Norwegian has carried his scoring form from Red Bull Salzburg to Borrusia Dortmund and he doesn’t look like he is stopping soon.
His goal scoring exploits would also see him score 16 league goals over the first half of the season for the Austrian champions and has already bagged nine goals in just four starts for Dortmund; that being part of a tally of 12 goals in just five starts since arriving in Germany.
Cristiano Ronaldo-21 goals
Ronaldo is currently the second top scorer in Serie A and the in-form player in the division, scoring 16 goals in his past 11 league appearances.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has now scored 20+ league goals in each of his past 11 seasons and will hope that his side can make it to the latter stages of the Champions League with his side currently 0-1 down at the hands of Lyon heading into the second leg of the last 16.
Timo Werner-21 goals
There is a reason Warner is attracting interest from some of the best sides in Europe. He has banged goals effortlessly in the Bundesliga bagging 27 goals in all competitions for his side including 21 in German football’s top flight.
The outing is the 23-year-old’s best-ever personal haul and leaves him firmly in contention to finish as both the Bundesliga and Europe’s leading scorer this season.
Robert Lewandowski-25 goals
The injured Polish striker will hope he can come back soon to continue doing what he does best-scoring goals.
He already has 40 goals in all competitions including leading the Bundesliga with 25 goals in just 23 appearances.
Despite finishing as the top scorer in German football four times previously, he has never won the Golden Shoe and his recent injury-which is expected to last for a month-could end his hopes of a maiden crown.
Ciro Immobile-27 goals
The striker who has previously drifted between clubs despite his evident talents has finally found a home in Lazio.
It is the proving to be the best season for the 30-year old who has fired 27 Serie A goals in just 24 appearances to lead the way in his pursuit of the division’s top scorer.
Immobile’s goals have fired Lazio into surprise contention for a first league title since 2000, the club currently just a point behind leaders Juventus as they bid to end the Turin’s side domestic dominance.
Should he maintain his form and win the award, he will be the third Italian after Luca Toni and Francesco Totti to be named as winner of the European Golden Shoe.
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