Football: Lewandowski receives European Golden Shoe award

Robert Lewandowski, the Polish national team captain and the striker of FC Bayern Munich, received the Golden Shoe on Tuesday - the award for the best scorer in European leagues. The ceremony took place in the club’s museum at the Allianz Arena stadium.

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In the 2020/21 season, the captain of the Polish national team scored 41 goals, which allowed him to comfortably win the Golden Shoe classification. The second place was taken by the Argentinian Lionel Messi, who scored 30 goals for Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo took third, netting 29 times for the Italian side Juventus.

Lewandowski received the Golden Shoe for the first time in his career. He is also the first Pole to achieve such a feat. The Polish striker was also the first player in Bundesliga (German league) history to surpass 40 league goals in a single season. Previously, the record holder was Gerd Mueller, whose astounding 40 goals have been an unbreakable barrier for 50 years.

“I am proud, happy, I never thought that I would break this record. Later, when I was close, I knew that I had to concentrate on each game and score more,” Lewandowski stated receiving the statuette.

“It does not matter how old you are, but what you want to achieve. I know I can still be better. I have a contract with Bayern and I want to win more trophies with this club. We have fantastic players and staff,” he said, adding that he is currently in his prime and that he has a few more years of play.

The chairman of Bayern, Herbert Heiner, put Lewandowski in the same boat as arguably the greatest of all time: Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In a special video material, the Polish player was also complimented by former coaches: Hansi Flick and Jürgen Klopp, as well as FIFA boss Gianni Infantino.

The Golden Shoe award has been granted since 1968. The highest number - six - the trophy was won by Messi.