By Jonathan Lewis | 11th MAY 2021
It’s that time of the year already. As football seasons around Europe draw to a close, it’s time to discuss which players deserve to be recognized as the best of the season, and which are likely to win the Golden Shoe for 2020-2021. It seems like between the standard league fixtures and all other additional matches, these footballers are given more scoring opportunities than ever before, much to the delight of fantasy football participants.
While all football fans may be well aware of the physical demands required of elite-level footballers, they don’t take into account just how many matches these players endure throughout the course of the standard season. However, this is one of the reasons that players are returning more goals than ever before, and records are being broken continuously as a result. Let’s take a look at the top goal scorers of 2020-2021.
Lewandowski had an incredible season last year, but was met with serious disappointment at the end. He was first in line to receive the Golden Shoe award, but at the last moment Lazio’s Ciro Immobile pulled ahead and clinched the title. However, Lewandowski has made it clear that nothing is stopping him this season and he is the undeniable goal leader.
Just as it looked like he couldn’t possibly play any better, Lewandowski showed he had another gear left. As of the time of this writing, Lewandowski has an exceptional 39 goals for the 2020-2021 season. This puts him way ahead of the pack, and unlikely that anyone will be able to surpass him this year. After years of putting in hard work and being an anchor for his team, he truly deserves it.
Of course, no one is surprised to see Messi on a list of the top goal scorers for 2020-2021. After a record amount of 6 Golden Shoe awards, Messi has nothing left to prove in his career but he continuously plays at the highest level. His rivalry with Ronaldo is still alive and well, it seems, with Messi barely leading the Juventus striker. As of 10th May, Messi has 28 goals for the season, showing that his career is not slowing down anytime soon.
Ronaldo has been faced with criticism at times and this season was no exception. Though he may have experienced a slow start to the year, he has been consistent throughout and even at 36 years old, he is playing exceptionally well. Despite criticism, Ronaldo is essential for Juventus and he has scored 27 goals this season to put him towards the top of the best goal scorers of 2020-2021.
Some analysts were wary of Haaland’s move to Dortmund in the middle of last season. While he is a talented player without debate, would he be able to be as big of an asset here? Well, all criticism has been overcome as Haaland has returned 25 goals for the season, putting him ahead of many other talented footballers. At just 20 years old, Haaland has shown that he is talented enough to compete against any team and has a bright future ahead of him.
Kylian Mbappé has quickly become everyone’s favorite player and one of the most sought after in the football world. Mbappé’s season last year was troubled with injuries, but he has made up for it with a spectacular 25-goal season in 2020-2021. The media has an obvious crush on Mbappé, and the current rumors are that he may be on his way to Real Madrid in what would be a blockbuster move that unites him with Ronaldo.
Sure, there are some other players ahead of Kane when it comes to goals scored but Kane has been a standout footballer yet again and deserves some recognition. Kane is the undeniable goal leader in the Premier League where he has returned 21 goals for the season. When he is healthy, he is a constant threat on the pitch and a terror to goalkeepers everywhere.
Jonathan Lewis is an MFF sports writer