The last nine winners of the illustrious Golden Boot have come from Spain‘s top division. Only Luis Suarez could share it with Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013-14 whilst at Liverpool. In fact, since the Portuguese won it with Manchester United in 2008, no one else has been able to snatch the award away from a player in La Liga.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Luis Suarez have shared nine of the last ten Golden Boots. Only Diego Forlan dared to break the exclusive status quo in his early years at Atletico Madrid.
In fact, since Ronaldo won the individual award with United in 2008, only Suarez has managed to come between the Messi-Ronaldo ownership of the Golden Boot…and even then he had to share it with his Portuguese rival.
Four for Messi and three more for the Real Madrid striker, who has re-entered the fight this year with some phenomenal goalscoring prowess.
However, they face stiff competition in the form of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, who is having an extraordinary debut season with the ‘Reds’ and is threatening La Liga’s stronghold on the Golden Boot crown.
He has so far accumulated 28 goals in the Premier League, three more than Messi (25) has in La Liga, who has a further three more than Ronaldo (22), but the 33-year-old has cut the deficit drastically in the last few matches.
Barcelona and Real Madrid effectively have their positions tied up in Spain, while Liverpool are still fighting for Champions League qualification in England among United, Chelsea, and Tottenham. Could this be key for Salah maintaining his position at the top of the leaderboard?
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