The Golden Shoe is a prestigious award given to the footballer with the most goals scored during the season in the strongest European football leagues (the English, German, Spanish, Italian, and French leagues).
The final result in the classification is calculated by multiplying the number of goals in a season by two, making Robert Lewandowski’s final score 82, with 41 goals this year. Second was Lionel Messi with 30 goals (60 points), followed by Cristiano Ronald with 29 goals (58 points).
Lewandowski is the first footballer in the history of the Bundesliga to have scored more than 40 goals in one season. The previous record-holder was the legendary Gerd Mueller with exactly 40 goals.
“I am proud and happy. I never could have imagined I would be able to break this record. Later, when I was close to doing so, I knew I must concentrate on every match and score even more goals,” Lewandowski said while accepting the Golden Shoe.
During the ceremony, the Polish footballer also emphasized how important family was to him in his career. “My wife is a source of motivation for me. I draw strength from my family. When I come home after a lost match and see the smiling faces of my daughters everything becomes easier,” he said.
Among the people who congratulated Lewandowski during the ceremony in Munich were FC Bayern Munich President Herbert Heiner, former FC Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick and FIFA president Gianni Infatino.
This Golden Shoe was the first in Lewandowski’s career and he is also the first Pole in history to receive it. The award has been given out since 1968. Lionel Messi has received the most Gold Shoes, earning the award six times.