Second top scorer in the history of the European Champions League, record holder for Golden Boot trophies and scorer of more than 760 goals throughout his career, Lionel Messi is about to end his lowest-scoring season in 16 years.
The veteran Argentine star has two more matches (against Montpellier and Metz, on the next two Saturdays) to try to achieve what he has done little since arriving at Paris Saint-Germain nine months ago: scoring the net.
In 32 matches for PSG, the owner of shirt 30 scored only nine times. Since he was an 18-year-old teenager, fresh out of Barcelona’s youth ranks, back in 2005/06, he hasn’t had such an unproductive season (he scored eight goals at the time).
In the Champions League, Messi even had an interesting flow of balls in the nets: five in seven matches. But, in the French Championship, he practically did not find the way to the goal and only beat the opposing goalkeepers in four opportunities in the sum of 24 games.
With that, the six-time champion of the Golden Shoe (2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19) does not even appear in the top 300 of the award granted to the top scorer of the national championships of the Europe this season.
For the second year in a row, the trophy should go to Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker from Bayern Munich leads the dispute with 68 points, against 54 for Italian Ciro Immobile, from Lazio. In practice, their advantage is seven goals, a distance that will hardly be taken until the end of the season.
Without great goalscorers consecrated on the international scene today, Brazil is about to complete 20 years of fasting. The last time the football country won the award was in 2001/2002, with Jardel, who was a Sporting player at the time.
The former Grêmio striker also lifted the trophy in 1998/99. In addition to him, only Ronaldo (1996/1997) had already placed Tupiniquim land in the highest place on the podium.
In the current season, the best ranked Brazilian in the Golden Boot is Vinicius Júnior, from Real Madrid, who occupies the 42nd place, with 28 points (14 goals). The country has only two other representatives in the top 100: Arthur Cabral (Fiorentina), in 74th position, and Neymar (PSG), in 76th place.
The “Blog do Rafael Reis” publishes weekly, always on Tuesdays, a new partial of the race for the position of top scorer in the Old Continent.
Check the ranking of the Golden Boot
1 – Robert Lewandowski (POL, Bayern Munich) – 68 points (34 goals)
2 – Ciro Immobile (ITA, Lazio) – 54 points (27 goals)
3 – Karim Benzema (FRA, Real Madrid) – 52 points (26 goals)
4 – Ohi Omoijuanfo (NOR, Molde/Red Star) – 49.5 points (33 goals)
5 – Kylian Mbappé (FRA, Paris Saint Germain) – 48 points (24 goals)
Patrik Schick (TCH, Bayer Leverkusen) – 48 points (24 goals)
7 – Dusan Vlahovic (SER, Fiorentina/Juventus) – 46 points (23 goals)
8 – Mohamed Salah (EGI, Liverpool) – 44 points (22 goals)
9 – Erling Haaland (NOR, Borussia Dortmund) – 42 points (21 goals)
Martin Terrier (FRA, Rennes) – 42 points (21 goals)
Wissam Bem Yedder (FRA, Monaco) – 42 points (21 goals)