Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is doing the Hoops proud as he battles away in the leaderboard in the chase for the ESM Golden Shoe.
The competition is an annual trophy presented to the top goalscorer out of every top division in Europe. It’s presented by the highly-respected European Sports Media group, and was formerly presented by French outlet L’Equipe.
The leaderboard only takes into account league goals scored. Scorers from Europe’s top five leagues have their score doubled due to the difficulty of the competition. For the Scottish Premiership, it’s multiplied by 1.5 as we fall into the middle tier.
Edouard’s 20-goal haul in the league this season has him level with the likes of Kylian Mbappe in 11th. However, he’s incredibly ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Mo Salah just to name a couple. That’s despite Edouard’s goals counting for less.
Ciro Immobile leads the pack with a score of 50 as his 25 Serie A goals double up. Edouard is also the only representative from Scottish football on the leaderboard too.
A stunning achievement, and he doesn’t look like stopping
This is a real fine achievement from Edouard. But the scary thing is that it looks as though the Frenchman is just getting into his stride.
Some of the names he’s ahead of are incredible. As well as Messi and Salah, you can add Karim Benzema, Neymar, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and even former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele. All of the players above have their goal tallies doubled too.
This can’t be taken lightly. Sure, it looks as though Edouard will miss out on winning it in the end. He’s playing at a disadvantage in all fairness to him though. With the likes of Immobile, Robert Lewandowski, and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring at the rate they are, you’ve not got much hope.
However, just the fact he’s sniffing around the top 10 positions is sensational stuff. With seven goals to his name since returning from the winter break, he’s certainly hitting the heights.
Of course, this could also mean increased attention in his services. Getting onto official UEFA goalscoring charts is always impressive regardless of the circumstances.
Yet even if that’s the case, here’s hoping French Eddy continues to storm up the charts in the closing months of the season. If he does, it means we’ll likely have had some campaign from him.