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Saturday 19 April 2014

Luis Suarez will battle it out with Europe’s elite for Golden Shoe

Europe's top marksman Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez faces stiff competition to be crowned Europe’s deadliest striker.

The European Golden Shoe, formerly known as the European Golden Boot was first won by Eusebio in 1968 and last year Leo Messi became the first player to win the award on three separate occasions.

Liverpool’s red-hot striker is currently on 20 goals and is looking to become the fourth Premier League winner of the award after Kevin Phillips (1999/00), Thierry Henry (2003/04 and 2004/05) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/08).

Here are the contenders at the half-way point of the season.

Luis Suarez - 20 goals

Despite missing the first six games through suspension, the Uruguayan has been in irresistible form, with 20 goals putting him in pole position with 40 points and counting.

Should Liverpool fail to reach the Champions League, speculation will intensify over his future regardless of his new five year deal and a good World Cup will merely increase his already lofty price tag.

Diego Costa – 19 goals

Just one goal behind Suarez is the in-demand Diego Costa. The Atletico striker has 19 goals and it’s not hard to see why there has been such interest at both club and international level for the 25 year-old.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 18 goals

The Portuguese star has already won the Golden Shoe twice, for Man Utd (31 goals) and Real Madrid three years ago with a whopping 40 goals. Already has found the net 18 times in La Liga and we have grown accustomed to his incredible goals to games ratio in recent years.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 15 goals

Some have argued that Ligue 1 shouldn’t be weighted the same as La Liga or the Premier League despite an improvement in the standards in France, which has been largely part to the huge finances available to the likes of PSG and Monaco. Regardless, the Swedish star has been in fine form again this season and his tally of 15 goals puts him in fourth spot on the European table.

Giuseppe Rossi – 14 goals

The former Manchester United striker is leading the way in Serie A and demonstrating the talents he showed on his few occasions to shine at Old Trafford. The 26 year-old has been instrumental in propelling Fiorentina into a Champions League position.

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