Messi vs. Mbappe: European Golden Shoe to be decided on Friday

Mbappe needs four goals to match Leo or five to beat him

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The European Golden Shoe will be decided on Friday night in a one-off game when Stade Reims host Paris Saint-Germain. 

Juan Manuel Díaz


Kylian Mbappe will be the centre of attention as he attempts to take the prize away from the boots of Lionel Messi, who plays Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. 

Mbappe has 90 minutes to try and stop the Argentine winning his third European Golden Shoe in a row, the sixth of his career. 

Messi remains the favourite. He scored 36 league goals for Barça this season, which equates to 72 points in the Golden Shoe race. 


The only person who can still realistically catch him is Mbappe. The French striker needs to go big, though. He must score four goals to share the trophy with Messi or five to beat him. 

Mbappe scored four goals already this season in the win over Lyon. So far this season, he has 32 goals (64 points) iin Ligue 1 having played just 28 games due to two suspensions. 

Some think that, as he's played fewer games, Mbappe should be closer to Messi. He has 1.14 goals per game and the Argentine has 1.05. But the Golden Shoe has never been about goals per game. 

Following Messi and Mbappe are: Quagliarella (Sampdoria) with 26 goals (52 points) and Lewandowski (Bayern), Aubameyang (Arsenal) and Salah and Mané (both Liverpool) with 22 goals (44 points).


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