4 Players Who Won the European Golden Shoe With Two Different Clubs

​Each year, the European Golden Shoe is awarded to the top scorer across the top divisions in all countries in Europe.

Finishing as the highest goalscorer across the entire continent is not an easy task, especially when you consider that this is the highest level of club football. 

Winning your league's Golden Boot award is considered a tough job. Becoming the top scorer in Europe and winning the European Golden Shoe is even more difficult. 

Players who win that award are clearly quite remarkable in terms of their goalscoring abilities and it is considered to be a tremendous accomplishment. 

However, a few players have managed to win the European Golden Shoe more than once and even fewer players have managed to win this prestigious award with two different clubs.

We look at the four players who managed to win the European Golden Shoe with two different clubs:

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4. Mario Jardel (Porto, Sporting CP)

Mario Jardel’s first European Golden Shoe came in the 1998/99 season with Portuguese side FC Porto. The Brazilian led the scoring charts of Primeira Liga that season with an impressive tally of 36 goals.

He netted 38 goals in the following season but lost out to Premier League's Kevin Phillips (30 goals in the Premier League) as the Portuguese league had a lower league coefficient.

The Brazilian's second Golden Shoe came in the 2001/02 season with Sporting CP. He set a new mark, overtaking his previous record by scoring a record 42 goals.

Jardel’s performances guided Sporting to a domestic double and it was arguably the best season of his career. 

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3. Diego Forlan (Villareal, Atletico Madrid)

​Diego Forlan earned his first European Golden Shoe in the 2004/05 season after netting 25 goals in La Liga as Villarreal qualified for the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history. The Uruguayan shared the award that year with Arsenal forward Thierry Henry. 

Forlan moved to Atletico Madrid in the 2007/08 season and started brilliantly, guiding his team to Champions League qualification. His second Golden Boot would come the following year for the Rojiblancos.

The Uruguayan scored 32 goals in 2008/09 in the league for Atletico Madrid to finish the season as the top goalscorer across Europe. His fantastic performances ensured that his side would qualify for the Champions League for the second consecutive year.  

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid)

​Cristiano Ronaldo’s first European Golden Shoe came in the 2007/08 season with Manchester United. The Portuguese winger netted 31 goals in the Premier League as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side finished the year with the title, apart from winning the Champions League.

At the end of the 2008/09 season, Ronaldo moved further south to Spain to play for Real Madrid. 

He won his second European Golden shoe after scoring 40 goals in the 2010/11 La Liga to guide Jose Mourinho's men to the second spot with 92 points. 

With his impressive goal tally, he became the first player in the Spanish top-division to score 40 goals in a single season. Moreover, Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to win the award with teams in two different leagues. 

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1. Luis Suarez (Liverpool, Barcelona)

​Luis Suarez astonished the footballing world by netting 31 goals in the 2013/14 Premier League. His fantastic performances ensured that Liverpool would qualify for the Champions League and he shared the European Golden Shoe that season with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

After a highly successful season with the Reds, he made a shock transfer to FC Barcelona. 

Suarez started off well with the Blaugrana and was consistently amongst the goals. 

However, he had to wait until the 2015/16 season to claim his second Golden Shoe. The Uruguayan striker was in tremendous form and struck 40 goals in the league that season to guide the Catalan Giants to yet another League title.

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