Mohamed Salah Leading Lionel Messi In Race For European Golden Shoe

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is leading Barcelona's Lionel Messi in the race for the coveted European Golden Shoe this season.
Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah

There have been increased football discussions involving Liverpool’s in-form Mohamed Salah and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi throughout the course of this season.

Salah has shot to prominence with his incredible form in the Premier League for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, having become arguably the best player in the country this campaign.

The Egypt international’s recent four-goal haul saw him take the lead in the race for the coveted European Golden Shoe, subsequently leading Messi in the process.

Many have been quick to compare the two goalscoring sensations after their clinical form, a premature move, though, considering Messi’s stature in the sport.

But, as Salah fired in four goals in Liverpool’s earlier 5-0 thrashing of Watford, he took his season tally to a highly impressive 28 strikes in 30 appearances, putting him in prime position for the Golden Shoe award.

In the points system used to determine the eventual winner* of the European Golden Shoe honour, Salah is admirably leading Argentine ace Messi.

The Egyptian is currently on 56 points at the top of the standings, six clear of second-placed Barcelona icon Messi, who previously dispatched in a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.

Messi is on the verge of yet another Spanish title with the Catalan giants this term, while they are front runners for the Champions League crown after a favourable quarter-final draw against Italian outfit Roma.

Mo Salah

Meanwhile, below Salah and Messi, there are three frontmen seeking the award too, with all of Harry Kane, Edinson Cavani and Ciro Immobile in joint-third with 48 points.

It’s set to be an intriguing season run-in, with Messi having nine La Liga games left to play, with Salah only set for a maximum further seven English top-flight outings.

If five-time Ballon d’Or victor Messi does manage to finish ahead of his Egyptian rival, it would make him the first player to get his hands on the European Golden Shoe five times.

But Liverpool’s main man has been in sizzling form for the Reds and looks more than capable of continuing his scoring success until the Premier League finishes this campaign.

*The Golden Shoe has been awarded based on a points system since the 1996/97 season, with goals scored in Europe’s top five divisions – according to UEFA

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