Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Top scorer receives gold shoe
Lewandowski is officially Europe’s best
The Golden Shoe has been awarded to the best goalscorer in European football leagues since 1968. Robert Lewandowski is only the second Bundesliga professional to win this award. It’s the reward for breaking Gerd Müller’s record.
With an unbelievable 41 goals, world footballer Robert Lewandowski cracked Gerd Müller’s supposedly all-time Bundesliga record last season – now he received the wages he deserved. The exceptional striker from Bayern Munich received the Golden Shoe for Europe’s best league goalscorer in the Club Museum in the Allianz Arena. “It’s honestly difficult, really,” said Lewandowski with a smile as he held the coveted trophy in his hands: “I’m very proud, very satisfied.” He still couldn’t believe that he really surpassed Müller’s 40 goals from the 1971/72 season. So far, Müller was the only Bundesliga professional to win the Golden Boot.
“I have to say thank you to my wife. She is a great support for me and a motivation when things go a little worse,” said the 33-year-old, whose wife Anna was among the guests. “He’s a wonderful person, athlete, partner, friend and husband,” she said, “I’m so proud of him”.
Bayern boss Oliver Kahn and coach Julian Nagelsmann also attended the ceremony. “His grandiose achievement” will “be remembered forever”, said President Herbert Hainer in his laudation: “The golden shoe fits you like a glove. It’s nice that you are with us. Let’s continue to write history together!” Lewandowski picked up the ball and promised: “It’s not over yet. We’re still hungry for more titles.” Supporters and companions like national coach Hansi Flick and Jürgen Klopp, whom Lewandowski praised as a father figure, as well as DFL boss Christian Seifert and FIFA president Gianni Infantino congratulated via video. They all wished the captain of the Polish national team many, many more goals.
The Golden Shoe has been awarded since 1968. Since 1997 by European Sports Media, the association of the most important European sports magazines to which “Kicker” and “FAZ” belong. Goals in top leagues are counted twice. Lewandowski had clearly prevailed in the past season with 82 points ahead of the world stars Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona / 60) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus Turin / 58).