Ronaldo vs Messi vs Lewandowski: Who leads the Golden Shoe standings with two games to go?

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been proving that age is just a number at Juventus this season.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that father time was finally catching up with Ronaldo when he 'only' scored 28 goals during his first year in Italy, but clearly he's immune to second-season-syndrome.

That's because Ronaldo has gone from strength to strength during the 2019/20 campaign in Turin, thrashing home 35 goals in 44 appearances with 31 of those strikes coming in Serie A.

Ronaldo's glorious 2019/20

The 35-year-old found the net during a 2-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday to win his second Serie A title on the bounce and now his attentions can turn to individual glory in the final two games.

Ronaldo is within touching distance of winning both the Serie A Golden Boot and European Golden Shoe this season with victory in one of them now guaranteeing glory in the other.

Why? Well, Lazio striker Ciro Immobile moved to 34 league goals for the season with a hat-trick at Hellas Verona, which moved him level with Robert Lewandowski in the European standings.

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Race for the European Golden Shoe

And with the Bundesliga, La Liga and Premier League halted, while Ligue 1 has been cancelled, all eyes are now on Immobile and Ronaldo to see who can conquer Italy and Europe in turn.

So, ahead of the final two game-weeks in Serie A, we've decided to look at the European Golden Shoe standings to see who finished where and what Ronaldo needs to do to bag the trophy.

Without further ado, using statistics from Transfermarkt, the current top ten can be seen below:

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10. Shon Weissman (Wolfsberger AC) 

Points: 45

Goals: 30

Those well-versed in the machinations of the European Golden Shoe will know that players outside of the continent's top five leagues have a 1.5 point coefficient as opposed to two.

So, although Weissman has bagged a mightily impressive 30 goals in Austria's first division, the comparatively lower standard means that he's behind players who have been far less prolific.

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9. Jean-Pierre Nsame (Young Boys)

Points: 45

Goals: 30

The same can be said of Nsame who also reached 30 goals just across the border in Switzerland, which makes for the Cameroon international's most bountiful season by more than twofold.

That being said, with all due respect, there's a big differnece between top-scoring in the Swiss Super League and the divisions churning out Champions League winners.

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8. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

Points: 46

Goals: 23

They'll be no Premier League-based winner in the European Golden Shoe this season and to tell you the truth, there wasn't really a standout striker in England's top division during 2019/20.

But you've got to credit Vardy for becoming the oldest ever winner of the Premier League Golden Boot at age 33 and having played Non-League football with Fleetwood Town as recently as 2012.

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7. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan)

Points: 46

Goals: 23

One of three Serie A players on the list, which means that former Manchester United striker Lukaku still has scope to move up the ranks and it wouldn't be a shock considering his form at San Siro.

Lukaku was named Man of the Match for scoring a brace during the 3-0 win at Genoa over the weekend, so will be hoping to pick up where he left off in upcoming ties with Napoli and Atalanta.

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6. Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

Points: 50

Goals: 29

You need a calculator and some good mental maths to worth out Haaland's points this season, having scored 28 of his goals in the Austrian Bundesliga with the awkward 1.5 coefficient.

But hitting the ground running at Borussia Dortmund after moving in January has done nothing but wonders for his points tally, scoring 13 times in just 15 Bundesliga outings in the yellow and black.

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5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Points: 50

Goals: 25

Considering Messi holds the record for most European Golden Shoe trophies with a mind-blowing six, finishing this low in the rankings seems underwhelming by the Barcelona star's standards.

But what's made this season so impressive from Messi has been his transition into one of the world's best playmakers, making history by surpassing 20 for both league goals and assists.

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4. Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

Goals: 28

Points: 56

Chelsea fans will be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of Werner leading their line next season after a final year with RB Leipzig that saw goals raining in left, right and centre.

A few uncharacteristic misses might have reared their head latterly, but Werner was sure to sign off with a Bundesliga brace at Augsburg and memorable hat-tricks against Mainz home and away.

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3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Points: 62

Goals: 31

Ah yes, the man we're here to talk about and what a season it's been for Ronaldo, maintaining a stunning streak of either scoring or assisting in each of his Serie A games until the Sassuolo draw.

But it's that consistency that has elevated Ronaldo above the likes of Messi, Lukaku and Werner, only going four Serie A fixtures without scoring a goal in the entirety of 2020. Like a fine wine.

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2. Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

Points: 68

Goals: 34

We really need to start mentioning Immobile amongst the best players in the world on current form because what the Italian has achieved at barely-title-challenging Lazio this season has been stunning.

And just as it looked as though his goal-scoring form had started to dry up in 2020, Immobile was quick to silence the haters by going on a run of five strikes in just three games since July 20.

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1. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Points: 68

Goals: 34

It's no wonder that Bayern Munich fans were livid about the Ballon d'Or being cancelled due to COVID-19's impact on football because Lewandowski looked nailed on to win the individual prize.

Thirty-four league goals is undoubtedly impressive, but it's at risk of being surpassed by Immobile and it's his record in all competitions of 51 goals from 43 games that really stands out for us. 

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What Ronaldo needs for victory

As you can see, Ronaldo faces something of an uphill battle during his final Serie A games, but at least he now knows that overthrowing Immobile would also see him usurp Lewandowski in tandem.

Ronaldo would need to score three more Serie A goals and hope that Immobile draws a blank in his clashes with Brescia and Napoli in order to share the title with the Italian and Lewandowski.

But to keep the trophy all to himself, Ronaldo will need score four more goals than whatever Immobile can manage, which is no easy feat with just two fixtures left to play.

Juventus' next game comes in the form of a trip to Cagliari, which definitely a chance for Ronaldo to extend his goal-scoring streak, but hosting AS Roma on the final day is certainly a tricky one.

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GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Will Ronaldo come up trumps then? I don't think so, but let's just say I wouldn't be surprised if he did.

And if that was indeed the case, it would have to go down as one of Ronaldo's greatest ever achievements - to outscore the man who would have been the Ballon d'Or favourite at age 35.

If I'm keeping my realistic hat on, though, I'm inclined to think that Immobile's hat-trick was the killer blow in the Golden Shoe race and he should score at least one goal to exclusively own the title.

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But Golden Shoes and Golden Boots aside, let's not allow the odd goal or two to take away from the fact this has been an incredible season for Ronaldo and further proof that he's one of the greats.

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