Every season Europe’s finest strikers square off in the battle for the Golden Boot. The prestigious accolade used to be a contest between Messi and Ronaldo but looks wide open this time around.

Leading the pack with half of the season gone is Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In terms of goals, the Gabonese hitman isn’t top of the tree, though. PSG star Edinson Cavani leads way in that department but finds himself in second place due to the Golden Boot points system, which award players playing in the Ligue 1 1.5 points per goal. Unlike in England, Spain, Germany and Italy where goal scorers get 2 points per goal.

Other contenders include usual suspects like Diego Costa, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and winner of the last edition Luis Suárez.



Golden Boot 2016/2017

1) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund): 32 points (16 goals).

2) Edinson Cavani (PSG): 30 points (20 goals).

Luis Suárez (Barcelona): 30 points (15 goals).

Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 30 points (15 goals).

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal): 30 points (15 goals).

Diego Costa (Chelsea): 30 points (15 goals).

Mauro Icardi (Inter): 30 points (15 goals).

3) Christian Gytkjær (Rosenborg) 28,5 points (19 goals).

4) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United): 28 points (14 goals).

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): 28 points (14 goals).

Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus): 28 points (14 goals).

Andrea Belotti (Torino): 28 points (14 goals).

Bas Dost (Sporting Portugal): 28 points (14 goals).

5) Harry Kane (Tottenham): 26 points (goals).

Anthony Modeste (Köln): 26 points (13 goals).

Edin Dzeko (Roma): 26 points (goals).

Written by David Kraakman