Harry Kane Beats Haaland, Kylian Mbappe to Win Top Prize Despite Trophyless Season With Bayern

Harry Kane Beats Haaland, Kylian Mbappe to Win Top Prize Despite Trophyless Season With Bayern

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 27, 2024 at 6:25 AM
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  • Harry Kane finished the 2023–24 campaign as Europe's top marksman
  • The ex-Spurs forward edged Haaland and Mbappe for the coveted prize
  • Regrettably, the Bayern star ended the just-ended term without a trophy

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In his inaugural season with Bayern Munich, Harry Kane capped off a remarkable individual performance by clinching a significant personal achievement.

The English striker made the switch from Tottenham Hotspur to the Bavarian giants last summer, and despite Bayern finishing the 2023–24 campaign trophyless, Kane reached a significant milestone.

Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe, European Golden Shoe, Bayern Munich.
Harry Kane beat Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland to finish the 2023-24 season as the best striker in Europe. Photos by Aurelien Meunier - PSG, DeFodi Images and Charlotte Tattersall.
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Kane outperforms Haaland, Mbappe to win prize

Outperforming competition from Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, Kane secured the European Golden Shoe for the recently concluded season.

In the previous term, Haaland had claimed Robert Lewandowski's crown by netting 36 goals in 35 matches, playing a crucial role in Manchester City's historic treble campaign.

Kane and Mbappe closely followed Haaland in the goal-scoring race.

However, this season, the Three Lions captain surpassed the prolific Man City forward, tallying an impressive 36 goals in 32 Bundesliga games, per Transfermarkt.

Although the ex-Spurs hitman fell short of matching the astonishing 40-goal tallies of Lewandowski and Gerd Muller, Kane's achievement as Europe's top scorer was well deserved.

How does the European Golden Shoe work?

According to Sporting News, the European Golden Shoe is an annual award bestowed upon the highest goal scorer in leagues across the top divisions of Europe's national leagues.

This prestigious accolade considers both the total number of goals scored and adjusts for the difficulty level of the leagues where the players compete.

Standings are determined using a points system, calculated by multiplying a player's total goal tally by a factor based on the UEFA coefficient ranking of their respective league.

European Golden Shoe 2023/24 ranking






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Kane's quest for silverware suffers setback

Harry Kane's quest for silverware faces another setback as Bayern Munich, having secured a third-place finish in the league, will not participate in the German Super Cup in August.

The Super Cup traditionally pits the Bundesliga champions against the winners of the DFB Pokal, as reported by Sports Brief.

However, with Bayer Leverkusen emerging victorious in the DFB Pokal final against Kaiserslautern, Die Werkself will face Stuttgart in the upcoming German Super Cup.

Stuttgart secured second place in the league standings ahead of Kane's Bayern.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.