KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: Robert Lewandowski has edged ever closer to seizing command of the ESM European Golden Shoe rankings.

The Bayern Munich centre-forward scored once in the European and German champions’ 3-2 weekend defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach after they had taken a two-goal lead.

The goals took the league tally of FIFA’s Best Player of 2020 to 20 and means he is a mere half a point behind the Golden Shoe leader Kasper Junker of Norway’s Bodo/Glimt.

Robert Lewandowski . . . FIFA's Best Player 2020

Scandinavian leagues which traditionally play to a calendar-year schedule always provide the initial leaders before being overtaken in due course by the superstars of western Europe.

Junker, a 26-year-old former Danish under-21 international, joined Bodo/Glimt at the start of last year from AC Horsens.

The Golden Shoe is based on a ranking computed according to UEFA’s end-of-season rankings. Thus marksmen from among the top five nations benefit from a multiple of 2.0, the next batch (places six to 22 ) a factor of 1.5 and the remainder 1.0.

Last season’s winner was Lazio’s Ciro Immobile.

Golden Shoe standings

(Ranking multiplication based on UEFA coefficient status)

1. Kasper Junker (FK Bodø/Glimt) 27 x 1,5 = 40,5

2. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) 20 x 2 = 40

3. Amahl Pellegrino (Kristiansund BK) 25 x 1,5 = 37,5

4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) 15 x 2 = 30
5. Paul Ebere Onuachu (KRC Genk) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
– Philip Zinckernagel (FK Bodø/Glimt) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
7. Christoffer Nyman (IFK Norrköping) 18 x 1,5 = 27
8. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC) 13 x 2 = 26
9. Veton Berisha (Viking FK Stavanger) 16 x 1,5 = 24
– Boulaye Dia (Stade de Reims) 12 x 2 = 24
– Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) 12 x 2 = 24
– Romelu Lukaku (Internazionale Milano) 12 x 2 = 24
– Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) 12 x 2 = 24
– Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) 12 x 2 = 24
15. Rauno Sappinen (FC Flora Tallinn) 23 x 1 = 23
16. Mushaga Bakenga (Odds BK) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Astrit Seljmani (Varbergs BoIS) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
18. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton FC) 11 x 2 = 22
Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyonnais) 11 x 2 = 22
Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes (Manchester United) 11 x 2 = 22
Ciro Immobile (SS Lazio Roma) 11 x 2 = 22
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 11 x 2 = 22
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) 11 x 2 = 22
24. Youssef El-Arabi (Olympiakos Piraeus) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Jens Petter Hauge (FK Bodø/Glimt) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Thomas Henry (Oud-Heverlee Leuven) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Moses Ogbu (Mjällby AIF) 14 x 1,5 = 21
André Miguel Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt) 11 x 2 = 22
Isaac Kiese Thelin (Malmö FF) 14 x 1,5 = 21
30. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) 10 x 2 = 20
‘Gerard’ Moreno Balagueró (Villarreal CF) 10 x 2 = 20
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan) 10 x 2 = 20
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 10 x 2 = 20
Luis Muriel Fruto (Atalanta Bergamo) 10 x 2 = 20
‘João Pedro’ Galvão (Cagliari Calcio) 10 x 2 = 20
Wout Weghorst (VfL Wolfsburg) 10 x 2= 20
37. Anders Christiansen (Malmö FF) 13 x 1,5 = 19,5
Leke James (Molde FK) 13 x 1,5 = 19,5
39. Maksim Skavysh (FC BATE Borisov) 19 x 1 = 19
40. Iago Aspas Juncal (RC Celta de Vigo) 9 x 2 = 18
Andrea Belotti (Torino FC) 9 x 2 = 18
Nahir Besara (Örebro SK) 12 x 1,5 = 18
Aaron Boupendza (Hatayspor Kulübü) 12 x 1,5 = 18
Luiz Paulo Hilario ‘Dodô‘ (FC Liepaja) 18 x 1 = 18
Giorgos Giakoumakis (VVV-Venlo) 12 x 1,5 = 18
Dino Islamovic (Rosenborg BK) 12 x 1,5 = 18
Aron Jóhannsson (Hammarby IF) 12 x 1,5 = 18
Bioty Moise Kean (Paris Saint-Germain) 9 x 2 = 18
Ohi Omoijuanfo (Molde FK) 12 x 1,5 = 18
Lautaro Martínez (Internazionale Milano) 9 x 2 = 18
Ulrik Saltnes (FK Bodø/Glimt) 12 x 1,5 = 18
Luis Alberto Suárez (Atlético Madrid) 9 x 2 = 18
Karl Toko Ekambi (Olympique Lyonnais) 9 x 2 = 18
Stefano Holmquist Vecchia (IK Sirius) 12 x 1,5 = 18
Kevin Volland (AS Monaco) 9 x 2 = 18
Burak Yilmaz (Lille OSC) 9 x 2 = 18
Kristoffer Zachariassen (Rosenborg BK) 12 x 1,5 = 18
58. Steven Lennon (FH Hafnarfjardar) 17 x 1 = 17
Klaemint Olsen (NSI Runavík) 17 x 1 = 17
Uros Stojanov (ÍF) 17 x 1 = 17
61. Sardar Azmoun (FC Zenit Sint-Petersburg) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Théo Bongonda (KRC Genk) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
‘Danilo‘ Pereira da Silva (FC Twente) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Artem Dzyuba (FC Zenit Sint-Petersburg) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson (Aalesunds FK) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Mario Gavranović (GNK Dinamo Zagreb) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Raphael Holzhauser (K Beerschot AC) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Anthony van den Hurk (Helsingborg IF) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Jesper Karlsson (Elfsborg IF) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Cyle Larin (Besiktas JK) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Nenad Lukic (FK TSC Backa Topola) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Milan Makarić (FK Radnik Surdulica) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Pedro António Pereira Gonçalves ‘Pote’ (Sporting CP) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
James Tavernier (Rangers FC) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5
Fredrik Ulvestad (Djurgården IF) 11 x 1,5 = 16,5

** The Golden Shoe is administered, computed and formulated by the European Sports Media group whose members comprise: A Bola (Portugal), ElfVoetbal (Netherlands), Fanatik (Turkey), Foot Magazine (Belgium), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy), GoalNews/Sentragoal (Greece), Guerin Sportivo (Italy), Kicker (Germany), Marca (Spain), Nemzeti Sport (Hungary), SoFoot (France), Sport Express (Russia), Telegraaf/Telesport (Netherlands), Tipsbladet (Denmark), World Soccer (England). Affiliated members: Kick Off (South Africa), Titan Sport (China), Netease (China), SportalKorea (South-Korea).

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