Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is in pole position to win the European Golden Shoe for 2019/20. - © Pool/Federico Gambarini/Pool via Gett
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is in pole position to win the European Golden Shoe for 2019/20. - © Pool/Federico Gambarini/Pool via Gett
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Robert Lewandowski leading the way as race for 2019/20 European Golden Shoe resumes

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski leads the way in the European Golden Shoe race, topping the chart as the continent's most prolific goalscorer this season.

The award, which is presented by European Sports Media, an association of football-related publications in Europe, had been put on hold due to the suspension of play as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, now that the Bundesliga has returned, and with the top-flight leagues Spain, England and Italy all following suit in recent days, it has been decided that the Golden Shoe will resume.

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Lewandowski, who currently has 31 Bundesliga goals this season, leads the way with 62 points.

Goals scored in Europe's top five leagues are multiplied by a factor of two, while goals in leagues ranked sixth to 21st in UEFA’s coefficient system are multiplied by a factor of 1.5 Goals in leagues below 22nd in the official ranking are multiplied by a factor of one.

That means Lewandowski is currently well ahead of his closest pursuer, Lazio's Ciro Immobile, who is on 54 points thanks to his 27 strikes in Serie A, while six-time Golden Shoe winner Lionel Messi is in sixth on 40 points.

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There are several other Bundesliga players in the top 10, with RB Leipzig's Timo Werner in third place on 50 points, while Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland is fourth with 46, having netted 16 times for Red Bull Salzburg in Austria (at a multiplying factor of 1.5) and 11 times for BVB since joining in January. Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho also features high on the list in 10th with 34 points.

Lewandowski has another three games to extend his record in a bid to win the prize for the first time, starting with Bayern's Matchday 32 encounter away to Werder Bremen.