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European Golden Boot Winners list – Past all time Winners 1968-2017

 European Golden Boot Winners - all time past winners

European Golden Boot Award Winners List – All Time Past Winners

European Golden Boot winners list? List of European Golden Boot past winners? Which players have won the European Golden Boot before?

European Football Each Season’s Leading Goal Scorer? Players with most goals in Europe’s top division football? Who is the player with most goals in European football history? Who are the top goal scorers in European top division ever in the history?

Have you ever thought of finding out who is the European League all time leading goal scorer? Well, we will find out soon in this list of the All-Time European Golden Boot Winners. The European Golden boot award is given to the top scorer in Europe’s top division.

European Golden Boot History (Golden Shoe)

Back in 1968 when they introduced the European golden boot award it was called the “Soulier d’Or” (Golden Shoe). The Golden Shoe was an award which was awarded to the players with most league goals. That included most goals in Cup competition and European goals were not included, only respective leagues. The award was awarded by the L’Équipe magazine since it’s inception in 1968. During the 1996-97 season that changed to the European Sports Media.

UEFA coefficient Rule:

From 1968-1991, the Golden boot was awarded to anyone regardless of the toughness of the the league or the number of games the player had took part in. During this period, Eusébio, Gerd Müller, Dudu Georgescu and Fernando Gomes each won the Golden Boot twice. That doesn’t mean these players did not deserve the Golden Boot (Shoe). After a number of complaints, The European Sports Media has awarded the Golden shoe to players according to points obtained. This allows players in tougher leagues to claim the award even if they scored fewer goals than players in weaker leagues.

In 1991, The European Golden Boot rules were revived with leagues around the world divided according to UEFA Coefficients were goals scored in top leagues like in England, Spanish and Germany were given 2.0 points while goals scored in leagues like the French Ligue 1, Dutch League etc were given 1.5 points.

Who won the inaugural European Golden Boot award in 1968?

So who won the inaugural European Golden Boot award in 1968? The winner of the first Golden Boot award was the Portuguese star Eusébio. Eusébio scored 43 goals for Benfica in Primeira Liga during 1968 season. That was the most league goals in Europe during 1968 and Eusébio was awarded the first Golden Boot. Eusébio received the Golden Boot award again later in 1973 when he scored 40 goals.

European Gold Boot Past Winners

We took the time to look at all the previous European Golden Boot winners since it’s inception during the 1967-68 season. Here is the list of the Past Winners of the European Golden Shoe award.

YearWinnersTeamLeagueGoalsPoints
2017
2016Antoine Griezmann Athletico Madrid
Spanish La Liga  
2015Cristiano RonaldoReal MadridSpanish La Liga4896
2014Cristiano RonaldoReal MadridSpanish La Liga3162
2013Lionel MessiFC BarcelonaSpanish La Liga4692
2012Lionel Messi FC BarcelonaSpanish La Liga50100
2011Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridSpanish La Liga4080
2010Lionel Messi FC BarcelonaSpanish La Liga3468
2009Diego Forlán  Athletico MadridSpanish La Liga3264
2008Cristiano RonaldoMan UtdEnglish Premier League3162
2007Francesco TottiRomaItalian Serie A2652
2006Luca ToniFiorentinaItalian Serie A3162
2005Thierry HenryArsenalEnglish Premier League2550
2004Thierry Henry ArsenalEnglish Premier League3060
2003Roy MakaayDeportivoSpanish La Liga2958
2002Mário JardelSportingPortugal Liga4284
2001Henrik Larsson CelticScottish Premier League3570
2000Kevin Phillips SunderlandEnglish Premier League3070
1999Mário Jardel FC PortoPortuguese Primeira Liga3672
1998Nikos Machlas VitesseDutch Eredivisie3468
1997RonaldoFC BarcelonaSpanish La Liga3468
1996Zviad Endeladze Georgian Liga40NA*
1995Arsen Avetisyan Armenian PL39NA*
1994David Taylor League of Wales43NA*
1993Ally McCoist Scottish Premier League34NA*
1992Ally McCoist Scottish Premier League34NA*
1991Darko Pančev  Yugoslav34 
1990Hugo Sánchez Spanish La Liga38 
1989Dorin Mateuţ Romanian Liga43 
1988Tanju Çolak Turkish Super Lig39 
1987Rodion Cămătaru Romanian Liga44 
1986Marco van Basten Dutch Eredivisie37 
1985Fernando Gomes Portuguese Primeira Liga39 
1984Ian Rush English Premier League32 
1983Fernando Gomes  Portugal  Liga36 
1982Wim Kieft  Dutch Eredivisie31 
1981Georgi Slavkov  Bulgarian League32 
1980Erwin Vandenbergh  Belgian League39 
1979Kees Kist  Dutch Eredivisie34 
1978Hans Krankl  Austrian Liga41 
1977Dudu Georgescu  Romanian Liga37 
1976Sotiris Kaiafas  Cypriot Liga39 
1975Dudu Georgescu  Romanian Liga33 
1974Héctor Yazalde  Portuguese Primeira Liga46 
1973Eusébio  Portuguese Primeira Liga40 
1972Gerd Müller  Germany Bundesliga40 
1971Josip Skoblar  French Ligue 144 
1970Gerd Müller  Germany Bundesliga38 
1969Petar Zhekov  Bulgarian League36 
1968Eusébio  Portuguese Primeira Liga43 

*Not awarded

How many European golden boots does Ibrahimovic have? None, Zlatan has never received the European Golden Boot.

Most European Golden shoe awarded

Who have been awarded the Most European Golden shoe? Cristiano Ronaldo is the player that have been awarded the most European Golden Shoe. Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to have won the European Golden Shoe four times and Lionel Messi have only won it tree times. Although Lionel Messi was the first three-time Golden Shoe winner in a row during 2009–10, 2011–12 and 2012–13. Gerd Müller was the first player to win the award twice in a row, in 1969-70 and 1970-72.

Multiple European Golden Shoe winners

Here is the list of the Multiple winners of the European Golden Boot Award.

Football PlayerNo.Seasons
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo42007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
Argentina Lionel Messi32009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13
Portugal Eusébio21967–68, 1972–73
Germany Gerd Müller21969–70, 1971–72
Romania Dudu Georgescu21974–75, 1976–77
Portugal Fernando Gomes21982–83, 1984–85
Scotland Ally McCoist21991–92, 1992–93
Brazil Mário Jardel21998–99, 2001–02
France Thierry Henry22003–04, 2004–05
Uruguay Diego Forlán22004–05, 2008–09

Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo Show!

How many times has Messi won the golden boot? How many times has Ronaldo won the golden boot? In the past eight years, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have shared the European Golden Boot seven times with Cristiano Ronaldo winning four and Lionel Messi claiming three becoming the first player to win three European Golden Boots which he won from 2010-2013.

He also holds the all-time record of 50 goals which was scored during the 2011-12 season. These two great legends of football have taken the world of football by storm over the last decade also sharing eight Ballon d’OR’s between them.

PlayerNo.Seasons
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo42007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
Argentina Lionel Messi32009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13

See also the list with FIFA Ballon d’OR Winners.

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