The last 10 winners of the European Golden Shoe if Messi and Ronaldo didn't count

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Lionel Messi collected his 2018/19 European Golden Shoe award today.

It’s the sixth time Messi has collected the accolade after he notched 36 goals last season.

The award is presented each season to the leading goalscorer in matches from the top division of every European league.

Goals scored in the top five leagues according to the UEFA coefficients (currently Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and Serie A) are multiplied by two, goals scored in the leagues ranked six to 21 are multiplied by 1.5 and goals scored in leagues ranked 22 and below and multiplied by one.

And just like they have done with the Ballon d’Or, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award in the past decade.

As we say Messi has now won it six times, while Ronaldo has won it three times.

So, we’ve decided to ignore the duo and work out which player would have won the Golden Shoe if they didn’t exist.

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2009/10

Actual winner: Lionel Messi (34 goals = 68 points)
New winner: Didier Drogba (29 goals = 58 points)

Chelsea v Fulham - Premier League

2010/11

Actual winner: Cristiano Ronaldo (40 goals = 80 points)
New winner: Antonio Di Natale & Mario Gomez (28 goals = 56 points)

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2011/12

Actual winner: Lionel Messi (50 goals = 100 points)
New winner: Robin van Persie (30 goals = 60 points)

Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

2012/13

Actual winner: Lionel Messi (46 goals = 90 points)
New winner: Edinson Cavani (29 goals = 58 points)

SSC Napoli v Bologna FC - Serie A

2013/14

Actual winner: Cristiano Ronaldo & Luis Suarez (31 goals = 62 points)
New winner: Luis Suarez (31 goals = 62 points)

Chelsea v Liverpool - Premier League

2014/15

Actual winner: Cristiano Ronaldo (48 goals = 96 points)
New winner: Sergio Aguero (26 goals = 52 points)

Sunderland v Manchester City - Premier League

2015/16

Actual winner: Luis Suarez (35 goals = 70 points)
New winner: Luis Suarez (35 goals = 70 points)

FC Barcelona v Real Betis Balompie - La Liga

2016/17

Actual winner: Lionel Messi (37 goals = 74 points)
New winner: Bas Dost (34 goals = 68 points)

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2017/18

Actual winner: Lionel Messi (34 goals = 68 points)
New winner: Mohamed Salah (32 goals = 64 points)

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2018/19

Actual winner: Lionel Messi (36 goals = 72 points)
New winner: Kylian Mbappe (33 goals = 66 points)

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