Across Europe, the 2020-21 season has come to an end, culminating in the Europa League and Champions League finals, which were won by Villarreal and Chelsea, respectively. As players now join up with their countries, ahead of Euro 2020 – which was postponed, like many other sporting events around the world, last year – it’s time to check out the new football odds online. But in the meantime, let’s have a look at who won the Golden Boot from each of Europe’s big five divisions.
England (Premier League) – Harry Kane
Tottenham Hotspur may have been well off-the-pace, with a seventh-place finish in the Premier League enough to secure them European football next campaign – by way of the newly introduced Europa Conference League. But without the goals of Harry Kane, they could have found themselves further down the table. The England international is the favourite for the Euro 2020 Golden Boot – and he notched 23 league goals last campaign. It’s the third time that Kane has won the Premier League’s top scorer award.
France (Ligue 1) – Kylian Mbappé
They were pipped at the post by Lille when it came to securing the Ligue 1 title, but Paris Saint-Germain’s deadly forward, Kylian Mbappé, was firing on all cylinders. The 22-year-old is France’s top scorer for the last three campaigns – although, of course, the 2019-20 season was suspended. Mbappé netted 27 goals in 31 appearances and will be looking to fire France to victory at Euro 2020. Can the reigning World Champions end the summer as European Champions too?
Germany (Bundesliga) – Robert Lewandowski
There were no surprises in Germany as Polish international, Robert Lewandowski, scored his way to the top of the charts – as Bayern Munich won yet another Bundesliga title. Lewandowski is now the Bundesliga’s Golden Boot winner for a fourth successive season, winning his sixth accolade in total. He scored a whopping 41 goals, as the Bavarian club won their ninth consecutive title (and 30th in the Bundesliga era). His 41-goal total was a new record – surpassing the previous record set by Gerd Muller in 1971-72.
Italy (Serie A) – Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus were well and truly beaten in the race for the Serie A title, finishing fourth, but the Coppa Italia winners had something to smile about – the performances and goals of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward scored 29 goals and became the first footballer to win the Golden Boot award in three of Europe’s big five countries – in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. Ronaldo are well known for his goalscoring achievements and personal accolades and this record-breaking feat surely won’t be the last for the GOAT.
Spain (La Liga) – Lionel Messi
And anything Ronaldo can do, Lionel Messi can do equally as well. The pint-sized Argentinean won La Liga’s Golden Boot for the fifth successive season – and his eighth award in total – by scoring 30 goals for Barcelona last campaign. The Catalan club could only finish third, seven points behind the winners, Atlético Madrid. Messi has since returned home, to spend time with family, before the Copa America commences.