Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez, with his relentless hunger for goals, has won the European Golden Shoe – dethroning last season’s top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Suárez has reached an incredible 40 goals for the La Liga champions, a total which hands him the two biggest goal scoring prizes at stake: the Pichichi and the European Golden Shoe.
The 29-year-old Suarez’s tally is the best in Europe, meaning, for the second time in his career, he will be presented with the Golden Shoe. The Uruguyan shared the prize with Ronaldo in 2013/14 after bagging 31 goals with Liverpool.
Only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have achieved the same feat. The Real Madrid forward finishes runner-up behind the Uruguayan with 35 goals, while Messi comes in third with 26.
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Barcelona began their season winning 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao, with a tricky game decided by Luis Suarez’s close range finish. And they finished it with Suarez’s hat trick in a 3-0 final day win at Granada which saw them hold off Real Madrid’s challenge to retain the title.
Throughout the season, Luis Suarez was there when Barca needed him most. He scored 10 goals in seven La Liga games when Lionel Messi was injured during the autumn; more recently, he netted 14 times in five straight wins after a slip in April had allowed Real and Atletico Madrid back into the title race.
Second place on the Golden Shoe award list is taken by Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain, who scored a hat-trick on the final day of the Serie A season to take his tally to 36. Meanwhile, the Premier League’s top marksman, Harry Kane, finished ninth, with 25 strikes.
There are two factors in play when deciding the Golden Shoe – goals and the UEFA coefficient ranking. The goals speak for themselves – you have to score quite a few and penalties count – but the league rankings are slightly trickier.
Essentially, each player’s goal tally is multiplied by the ranking of the league they score in. The toughest leagues are given the highest rating of 2.0, the next are assigned a 1.5 rating and the final leagues are given 1.0.
As a result, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 38 league goals for Paris St Germain, that was only good enough for sixth place on the list because Ligue 1 was not deemed one of the five strongest leagues in Europe for the 2015/16 season.