Harry Kane has found the net more often than any other player in Europe so far this season. - © DFL
Harry Kane has found the net more often than any other player in Europe so far this season. - © DFL

Harry Kane leading the way in Europe’s Golden Boot race


Bayern Munich forward Harry Kane is currently leading the way in the race for the Golden Boot, the prize awarded for the top scorer in Europe in a given season.

Kane struck once again in Bayern's defeat to Heidenheim on Matchday 28, taking his Bundesliga tally to 32 for the season and putting him way out in front ahead of the likes of Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappé and Lautaro Martínez.

The Golden Boot was introduced by UEFA in 1967/68, but has been awarded by the European Sports Media (ESM) since 1997. 

Watch: Kane's first 31 Bundesliga goals

Two Bundesliga players have previously received the gong, both of them Bayern stars: Gerd Müller in 1969/70 and 1971/72, and Robert Lewandowski in 2020/21 and 2021/22.

And now Kane is on course to follow suit this term, averaging a goal every 77 minutes in Germany’s top flight. The current top 10 also includes VfB Stuttgart forward Serhou Guirassy, who has 24 goals, and Leipzig attacker Loïs Openda on 21. 

Last year’s winner was former Borussia Dortmund forward Haaland, who found the net 36 times for Manchester City.

Watch: Guirassy is in scoring form for Stuttgart this season

The current top 10 in the Golden Boot race (data correct as of 15 April 2024)

  1. Harry Kane (Bayern), 64 Points, 32 goals, factor 2
  2. Serhou Guirassy (VfB Stuttgart), 50 Points, 25 goals, factor 2
  3. Kylian Mbappé (PSG), 48 Points, 24 goals, factor 2
  4. Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan), 46 Points, 23 goals, factor 2
  5. Loïs Openda (RB Leipzig), 44 Points, 22 goals, factor 2
  6. Erling Haaland (Manchester City), 40 Points, 20 goals, factor 2
  7. Vangelis Pavlidis (AZ Alkmaar), 39 points, 26 goals, factor 1.5
  8. Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven), 39 points, 26 goals, factor 1.5
  9. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa), 38 points, 19 goals, factor 2
  10. Akor Adams (Lillestrom/Montpellier), 36.5 points, 22 goals, factor 1.5/2

Note: Goals scored by players in Europe’s top five leagues, per UEFA coefficient, are multiplied by a factor of two. Goals from players in the leagues ranked sixth to 22nd are multiplied by a factor of 1.5; goals scored in all other leagues are not multiplied. Goals scored in play-off matches are not counted.