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European Golden Shoe Award: Osimhen ranks 13th

In the race for the European Golden Shoe, awarded to the top goalscorer in the European Leagues at the end of each season, Lille striker Victor Osimhen is ranked joint-thirtieth and is the highest rated player of Nigerian descent.

Osimhen has plundered 13 goals and with the French Ligue 1 having a coefficient of 2 points per goal, the Lille number 7 has accumulated 26 points.

The Nigeria international is level on 26 points with six other players namely Neymar (PSG), Luis Muriel (Atalanta), Francesco Caputo (Sassuolo), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) and Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

And they are far behind Ciro Immobile who leads the way with 27 goals and 54 points, followed by Robert Lewandowski (25 goals, 50 points), Timo Werner (21 goals, 42 points), Cristiano Ronaldo (21 goals, 42 points) and Erling Haaland (25 goals, 42 points).

Only one other Nigerian player is inside the top 50, Heracles Almelo’s Cyriel Dessers, who has accumulated 22.5 points and is ranked joint 49th.

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has won the Golden Shoe award a record six times, followed by Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo with four.

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