REVEALED: Robert Lewandowski is being rivalled for the European Golden Shoe by Red Star Belgrade striker Ohi Omoijuanfo… with former Molde forward matching Bayern Munich star’s 33 goals so far this season
- Robert Lewandowski is looking for a second straight European Golden Shoe
- But his tally of 33 league goals this season is matched by Ohi Omoijuanfo
- The Norwegian scored 27 for Molde before scoring six for Red Star Belgrade
- But ESM’s scoring system means Omoijuanfo is only fourth in current standings
Ohi Omoijuanfo is the surprise name rivalling the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema for this season’s European Golden Shoe.
The Bayern Munich striker – who won last season’s award after scoring 41 goals last term – currently leads the race to be crowned the leading league scorer across all of Europe’s top divisions this term with 33 goals in the Bundesliga.
His goal tally however is matched by Red Star Belgrade forward Omoijuanfo, who scored 27 goals for Norwegian outfit Molde, before moving to the Serbian league in January and scoring six goals in 12 games.
Ohi Omoijuanfo (R) is the surprise name rivalling Robert Lewandowski (L) for the Gplden Shoe
The Bayern Munich star is looking to retain the award that he won for the 2020-21 season
However, the 28-year-old is only fourth in the current Golden Shoe rankings due to the point scoring system used by European Sports Media.
Goals scored in the continent’s top five leagues – LaLiga, the Premier League, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 – are multiplied by a factor of two.
Those scored in the leagues ranked sixth to 21st are multiplied by a factor of 1.5 – which includes the Norwegian and Serbian leagues Omijuanfo has scored his goals in – and the remaining leagues by a factor of one.
That means Lazio star Ciro Immobile and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema – sat in second and third – are ahead of Omoijuanfo, even though they have only scored 26 and 25 league goals in Italy and Spain this season.
Omoijuanfo (R) is matching his tally of 33 having scored 27 for Molde before leaving them
The Norwegian (L) joined Red Star Belgrade in January and has scored six goals in 12 games
However, the duo still trail Lewandowski by some distance, with the Pole’s 33 goals for Bundesliga champions Bayern meaning he is 14 points clear of Immobile – who won the 2019-20 award with 36 goals – and 16 clear of Benzema.
Omoijuanfo however still leads some of Europe’s leading forwards such as Juventus star Dusan Vlahovic, who trails him by three-and-a-half points, and Paris Saint-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe, whose 22 goals see him with 44 points.
Mohamed Salah is the only Premier League star in the top 10, with the Liverpool forward matching Mbappe for goals scored with 22, but trails the 23-year-old because he has registered 13 league assists compared to the Frenchman’s 15.
But the point system means he trails 2019-20 winner Ciro Immobile, who has scored 26 goals
Omoijuanfo is also behind Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has 25 LaLiga goals to his name
Bayer Leverkusen’s star forward Patrik Schick is only one goal and one place behind Salah, while Ligue 1 forwards Martin Terrier and Wissam Ben Yedder – at Rennes and Monaco respectively – complete the top 10.
There is therefore a noted absence of those who have dominated the awards in recent seasons in the form of four-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo, six-time champion Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who has won it twice.
Ronaldo is performing the best out of the trio, having scored 16 goals for Manchester United in the Premier League this season, but which would still be a tally eight points short of Ben Yedder’s 40.
Atletico Madrid and Uruguay star Suarez has netted 11 LaLiga goals, while Argentine star Messi meanwhile has only scored four goals in Ligue 1 this term for PSG.
Mohamed Salah is the only Premier League star in the top 10, with the Liverpool forward having scored 22 goals so far this term