With so much speculation and discussion about league tables, there’s one particular ranking that’s been left to rot.
The European Golden Shoe is a list of the top goalscorers in Europe. Those who play in the top leagues have their goals count for double, whilst a mid-tier section of leagues have their goals multiplied by 1.5. The rest of Europe’s top divisions only count for one.
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard falls into the middle category. The Frenchman’s goals in the Premiership this season have been multiplied by 1.5in the Golden Shoe rankings, leaving him in a massively impressive position in the rankings overall.
Edouard has netted 22 goals for the club in the Premiership this season. That leaves French Eddy on a score of 33.
Impressively, therefore, he sits ahead of players like Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele respectively. Aguero is behind him on 32, as are both Salah and Dembele.
However, all three men have the luxury of having their goals multiplied by two. That’s down to the fact that all of them play in one of the top five leagues in Europe.
Other names that Edouard sits ahead of include the likes of Josip Ilicic, Shon Weissman, and Joao Pedro.
Still a bit away from leader Immobile
Currently leading the rankings is Serie A’s golden boy Ciro Immobile. He sits on a score of 54 having netted 27 for Lazio in Italy’s top division. However, putting it into perspective, he’s only scored five more than Edouard.
Robert Lewandowski, Erling Braut Haaland, Cristiano Ronaldo, Timo Werner, Lionel Messi, and Jamie Vardy sit behind him in the rankings. However, whether the competition ever comes to a finish remains to be seen.
It only goes to show just how clinical Edouard has been in Scotland this season in any case. If Celtic were given the chance to finish off their campaign, it would’ve been highly likely that Edouard added to his tally and then some.
It also solidifies his place as one of the best young strikers in Europe. Regardless of what some may think about Scottish football, it’s proven to be nowhere near as easy as some think. Edouard has had an incredible knack of making it look that way, however.
It’s a shame that this competition likely won’t get a full season to see how it plays out. But if it ends how it stands, Edouard has certainly left some big names in his wake.