The Stat-Based Top 30 Goal Scorers in Europe for 2010/11 (The REAL Golden Shoe)

Andres EhrliCorrespondent IIIJuly 1, 2011

The Stat-Based Top 30 Goal Scorers in Europe for 2010/11 (The REAL Golden Shoe)

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    I've decided we already have enough subjective rankings going on right now, so I went the "fact" route and compiled a Top 30 based purely on stats and actual goals scored instead of subjective measurements and counting assists as a tiebreaker (this will become important eventually, trust me).

    As a bonus, I compared my rankings, based on pure goal scoring in every official game played, to the cheap Golden Shoe award that supposedly rewards Europe's top scorer by not counting any sort of Cup or European goals in it and then multiplying them at will depending on the "level" of the league you played in. You'll see how unfair the Golden Shoe ranking is in a few moments.

    So, will your favourite striker rank as a Top 30 goal scorer in all of Europe?

    Find out...

30. Óscar Cardozo: SL Benfica

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 204

    Goals this season:

    SuperLiga: 12

    Europa League: 4

    Champions League: 1

    Portuguese Cup: 5

    Portuguese League Cup: 1

    Total Goals: 23

    Total Assists: 7

     

    Óscar Cardozo was ranked 204 in the Golden Shoe! What?

    He was obviously severely hampered by the fact almost half his goals came in Cups and in Europe, but it's stil ludicrous.

    "Tácuara" had a fantastic season overall for Benfica, contributing 30 points overall.

29. David Villa: FC Barcelona

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 22

    Goals this season:

    La Liga: 18

    Champions League: 4

    Copa del Rey: 1

    Supercopa de España: 0

    Total Goals: 23

    Total Assists: 11

     

    David Villa had a sub-par season, right?

    Well, he's still the 29th best striker in the world statistically.

    That actually doesn't sound good, but as the list goes on, you'll see it's not bad at all.

    Contributing 34 points is a fantastic season not only at Barcelona, but in any team in the world.

28. Balász Dzsudzsák: PSV Eindhven

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 82

    Goals this season:

    Eredivisie: 16

    Europa League: 6

    Dutch Cup: 1

    Total Goals: 23

    Total Assists: 18

     

    Fantastic season for the Hungarian winger Balasz Dzsudzsak contributing more than 40 points at PSV.

    Yet, the Golden Shoe thinks he's 82nd in the world because, again, they left out his fantastic season in the Europa League with 6 goals.

    Regardless of what the Golden Shoe thinks, Balasz got his payday already in a €14 million transfer to new rich Anzhi in Russia.

    He deserves it.

27. Papiss Demba Cissé: SC Freiburg

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 7

    Goals this season:

    Bundesliga: 22

    German Cup: 2

    Total Goals: 24

    Total Assists: 1

     

    The first player to have a lower ranking than his Golden Shoe one, Demba-Cissé dropped 22 spots because he didn't play in Europe and had a "decent" German Cup display.

    Still, 24 goals are no easy feat, and teams like Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain know it and are looking Papiss' way.

26. Kevin Gameiro: FC Lorient

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 8

    Goals this season:

    Ligue 1: 22

    French Cup: 2

    French League Cup: 0

    Total Goals: 24

    Total Assists: 5

     

    Another dropper form the mythical Golden Shoe ranking, Kevin Gameiro scored 24 goals for Lorient and has become a France NT regular.

    He'll probably switch sides this summer and has already said no to Valencia.

25. Björn Vleminckx: NEC Nimigen

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 25

    Goals this season:

    Eredivisie: 23

    Dutch Cup: 1

    Total Goals: 24

    Total Assists: 6

     

    Björn who?

    Vleminckx has the most unpronounceable name on this list, and had a fantastic season for NEC Nimigen in the Netherlands with 30 points contributed to their cause.

    Even though he had more league goals than Gameiro and Demba-Cissé, he's 25th in the Golden Shoe.

    Why?

    Because they believe Dutch league goals count less apparently.

24. Jelle Vossen: KRC Genk

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 72

    Goals this season:

    Jupiler Pro League: 17

    Europa League: 4

    Belgian Playoff: 3

    Total Goals: 24

    Total Assists: 8

     

    Jelle Vossen was severely underrated by the Golden Shoe ranking because he was both playing in a lower league, and having a fantastic season in the Europa League for Genk in Belgium.

    It's not surprising he rises 48 spots when you take all his goals into account and don't subtract form the "lower league" status.

23. Carlos Tévez: Manchester City

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 9

    Goals this season:

    Premier League: 21

    Europa League: 0

    FA Cup: 3

    Total Goals: 24

    Total Assists: 11

     

    Carlos Tevez drops 14 spots because he had no European goals while still being fantastic for Manchester City participating in 35 goals. 

    Yet in the Golden Shoe he's 9th because... It's a bad ranking that values leagues over actual goals scored, basically.

22. Roberto Soldado: FC Valencia

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 20

    Goals this season:

    La Liga: 18

    Champions League: 6

    Copa del Rey: 1

    Total Goals: 25

    Total Assists: 4

     

    Roberto Soldado had a fantastic Champions League season. So naturally that doensn't count for the Golden Shoe, yet he is still more or less in the same spot.

    That should tell you we have some very underrated scorers coming up on this list.

21. Nikica Jelavic: Rangers/Rapid Wien

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 77

    Goals this season:

    Scottish Premier League: 16

    Austria Bundesliga: 2

    Europa League: 4

    Scottish League Cup: 3

    Scottish Cup: 0

    Total Goals: 25

    Total Assists: 9

     

    Rangers sold a Top 30 striker (you'll see his name soon) and got another in Nikica Jelavic for almost €5 million euros in what appears to be a bargain if he continues to provide 30+ goals every season.

    He was ranked 77th by the Golden Shoe because they obviously think the Scottish Premier League is sub-par and don't even accept European and Cup competitions even exist.

20. Djibril Cissé: Panathinaikos

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 44

    Goals this season:

    Super League: 20

    Super League Playoffs: 4

    Champions League: 0

    Greek Cup: 1

    Total Goals: 25

    Total Assists: 10

     

    Djibril Cissé was completely underrated by the Golden Shoe because plays in Greece.

    That's about it.

    Not subtracting part of his goals because of league level, he rises 24 spots.

19. Moussa Sow: OSC Lille

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 6

    Goals this season:

    Ligue 1: 25

    Europa League: 1

    French Cup: 0

    French League Cup: 0

    Total Goals: 26

    Total Assists: 8

     

    Fantastic league play by Lille's Moussa Sow had him 6th in the Golden Shoe.

    Only one goal in Europe and Cups lands him 13 positions lower on 19th on this one.

    Still, not bad at all and a breakthrough season for him with 34 goals contributed this season.

18. Roland Linz: FK Austria Wien

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 35

    Goals this season:

    Austria Bundesliga: 21

    Europa League: 3

    Austrian Cup: 2

    Total Goals: 26

    Total Assists: 8

     

    Austrian Roland Linz had a marvelous season for Austria Wien scoring 26 goals and contributing 34 overall.

    His rankings for both the Golden Shoe and this list are actually quite close and gains a few spots thanks to his extra scores in Europa League and the Austrian Cup.

17. Karim Benzema: Real Madrid

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 45

    Goals this season:

    La Liga: 15

    Champions League: 6

    Copa del Rey: 5

    Total Goals: 26

    Total Assists: 9

     

    Benzema jumps almost 30 spots form 45th in the Golden Shoe thanks to his fantastic 6 goal tally in Europe and 5 Copa del Rey goals to boot.

    All of this while still under-performing with Real Madrid given his enormous potential and talent.

16. Álvaro Negredo: FC Sevilla

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 14

    Goals this season:

    La Liga: 20

    Europa League: 1

    Copa del Rey: 5

    Supercopa España: 0

    Total Goals: 26

    Total Assists: 12

     

    Álvaro Negredo basically keeps his same position and had a marvellous performance this season for Sevilla.

    Nitpicking, we could expect more from him in his European outings.

15. Kenny Miller: Rangers/Bursaspor

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 34

    Goals this season:

    Scottish Premier League: 21

    Süper Lig: 5

    Champions League: 1

    Swiss Cup: 0

    Total Goals: 27

    Total Assists: 2

     

    Kenny Miller is here thanks to his eye-popping performance for Rangers in Scotland the first half of the season.

    He climbs twenty spots when you add all of his goals in Turkey to his total tally.

14. Kun Agüero: Atlético De Madrid

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 15

    Goals this season:

    La Liga: 20

    Europa League: 3

    Copa del Rey: 3

    UEFA Supercup: 1

    Total Goals: 27

    Total Assists: 7

     

    As you can see, the big league scorers mostly remain on the same spots. It's the small club players that are snubbed on the Golden Shoe ranking.

    Kun Agüero had a 34 goal participation season, and wants out of Altético.

    The club that signs him will be very lucky indeed.

13. Antonio Di Natale: Udinese Calcio

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 4

    Goals this season:

    Serie A: 28

    Coppa Italia: 0

    Total Goals: 28

    Total Assists: 6

     

    Antonio Di Natale, the Serie A top scorer did score 28 goals in League play. And not a single more in other tournaments.

    That's why he drops almost 10 spots form his 4th place at the Golden Shoe.

12. Dame N'Doye: FC Kopenhagen

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 18

    Goals this season:

    Superliagaen: 25

    Champions League: 3

    Total Goals: 28

    Total Assists: 13

     

    Dame N'Doye opened eyes across Europe with his season at Copenhagen.

    He contributed 41 goals, and both his Golden Shoe ranking and this one sit comfortably in Europe's top 20.

11. Alex: Fenerbahce

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 10

    Goals this season:

    Süper Lig: 28

    Europa League: 0

    Champions League: 0

    Turkish Cup: 0

    Total Goals: 28

    Total Assists: 17

     

    Alex suffered the same destiny as Di Natale: 28 goals, but all of them came in league play.

    But since Alex plays in Turkey he ranked 10th. Not far from the position he has on this list.

10. Giuseppe Rossi: FC Villarreal

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 23

    Goals this season:

    La Liga: 18

    Europa League: 11

    Copa del Rey: 3

    Total Goals: 32

    Total Assists: 11

     

    Giuseppe Rossi climbed from 23rd in the Golden Shoe to 10th in this list largely because of his 11 Europa League goals.

    He contributed 43 goals to Villarreal's great campaign in both La Liga and Europe, and he's expected to leave the yellow submarine soon.

9. Alexander Frei: FC Basel

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 13

    Goals this season:

    Axpo Super League: 27

    Europa League: 1

    Champions League: 5

    Swiss Cup: 0

    Total Goals: 33

    Total Assists: 12

     

    Swiss striker and former Borussia Dortmund forward Alexander Frei is still scoring goals at a blistering pace, with 33 this season at Basel and 45 contributed overall.

    He goes up on this list from his 13th in the Golden shoe thanks to his five scores in the Champions League.

8. Édinson Cavani: SSC Napoli

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 5

    Goals this season:

    Serie A: 26

    Europa League: 7

    Coppa Italia: 0

    Total Goals: 33

    Total Assists: 11

     

    "El Matador" Édinson Cavani had a breakthrough season at Napoli costing the Italian side only €16 million which for the Uruguayan is, quite simply, a bargain bin price for one of the top strikers in the world.

    He drops a little form his Golden Shoe ranking even though he socred 7 Europa League goals because form this point on, everybody had a career season.

7. Garra Dembelé: Levski Sofia

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 16

    Goals this season:

    Bulgarian League: 26

    Europa League: 8

    Total Goals: 34

    Total Assists: 3

     

    Who is Garra Dembelé?

    The best forward in Europe you haven't heard about, apparently.

    The Mali-French forward played for Levski Sofia in Bulgaria and is now a member of Freiburg in Germany for €2.3 million following his Top 10 goalscoring performance.

6. Hulk: FC Porto

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 24

    Goals this season:

    SuperLiga: 23

    Europa League: 8

    Portuguese Cup: 4

    Portuguese League Cup: 1

    Total Goals: 36

    Total Assists: 26

     

    Hulk 24th on the Golden Shoe? That's rubbish.

    The Brazilian powerhouse scored 36 and contributed 62 in all competitions in a season statistically worthy of being considered for the Ballon d'Or, let alone the Golden Shoe.

5. Samuel Eto'o: Inter Milan

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 11

    Goals this season:

    Serie A: 21

    Champions League: 8

    UEFA Supercup: 0

    Coppa Italia: 5

    Supercoppa Italiana: 2

    FIFA Club WC: 1

    Total Goals: 37

    Total Assists: 18

     

    Samuel had a good season in the Serie A, but he was a beast in Champions League with 8 scores and in the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa which added him another 7 to his tally.

    Added to his 17 assists, he contributed over 50 goals for Inter.

    Yep, number 11 is a bit under par for what Samuel did this season, Golden Shoe people.

4. Radamel Falcao: FC Porto

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 86

    Goals this season:

    SuperLiga: 16

    Europa League: 18

    Portuguese SuperCup: 1

    Portuguese Cup: 3

    Total Goals: 38

    Total Assists: 8

     

    The most underrated player to ever feature on a Golden Shoe competition has to be Radamel Falcao.

    The Colombian scored more goals in Europa League than in the Portuguese League, but the Golden Shoe evidently thinks that's not worthy of their trophy.

    They only had him 82 positions below where he truly deserves to appear as a goalscorer.

3. Mario Gomez: Bayern Munich

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 3

    Goals this season:

    Bundesliga: 28

    Champions League: 8

    German Cup: 3

    Total Goals: 39

    Total Assists: 7

     

    Miroslav Klose's faltering spirit seems to have gotten inside Gomez's body this season.

    The powerful German forward scored 39 this season, and if it weren't for you know who, he would have been the Golden Shoe for 99% of the seasons in football history.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid CF

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 1

    Goals this season:

    La Liga: 40

    Champions League: 6

    Copa del Rey: 7

    Total Goals: 53

    Total Assists: 18

     

    Cristiano is No.2?

    I can already see people blasting me already.

    Except this time, it's not subjective...

    Cristiano must be hating Lio Messi's existence just like Real must hate Barcelona.

    If it weren't for the Catalans the Merengues would have won every trophy in football...

1. Lionel Messi: FC Barcelona

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    Golden Shoe Ranking: 2

    Goals this season:

    La Liga: 31

    Champions League: 12

    Copa del Rey: 7

    Supercopa de España: 3

    Total Goals: 53

    Total Assists: 27

     

    But here's the thing: they actually tied for goals at 53.

    But Lionel had 9 more assists than CR7, so he gets the title in a (not as close as it would seem) tie-braker.

    Humongous season for the Argentinian and a deserving No.1 if you ask me.

    The stats say so too.

     

    P.S. Maybe you should pass the ball a little more Cristiano.