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To give the award it's proper name "Soulier d'Or" or the "ESM Golden Shoe". European Sport Magazines' annual award has been running since 1967/68 when the legendry Eusebio won the inaugral shoe with 42 goals for Benfica. The current system works on a formula with the top 5 European leagues (England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany) gaining 2 points for every goal. SPL scorers get 1.5 points per goal.

The first British player to win the award was Welshman Ian Rush in 1983/84 with 32 goals for Liverpool. The first Scottish player to win it was Ally McCoist in in 1991/92 qith 34 goals for Rangers. Remarkably he repeated this the following season with the same amount of goals. To date he is the only player to win the award in back to back seasons.

Currently Rangers have one player in the top 20 and an ex player in their too. It's unlikely that either of these players will win the award this season but is an indication of how well these players are doing in their respective leagues.

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[b][u]Pos  Name                 Club        Cty    Gls Pts[/u][/b]
[b]1.[/b]   Luca Toni            Fiorentina (ITA)   [COLOR=Olive][B]23[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]46[/B][/COLOR] 
[b]2.[/b]   Tarmo Neemelo        Tallinn    (EST)   [COLOR=Olive][B]41[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]41[/B][/COLOR]
[b]3.[/b]   Klass Hans Huntelaar Ajax       (NED)   [COLOR=Olive][B]25[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]40.5[/B][/COLOR]
[b]4.[/b]   Samuel Eto'o         Barcelona  (ESP)   [COLOR=Olive][B]19[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]38[/B][/COLOR]
[b]= [/b]   Ruud Van Nistelrooy  Man U      (ENG)   [COLOR=Olive][B]19[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]38[/B][/COLOR]
[b]6.[/b]   David Trezeguet      Juventus   (ITA)   [COLOR=Olive][B]18[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]36[/B][/COLOR]
[b]7.[/b]   Thierry Henry        Arsenal    (ENG)   [COLOR=Olive][B]17[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]34[/B][/COLOR]
[b]= [/b]   Miroslav Klose       W.Bremen   (GER)   [COLOR=Olive][B]17[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]34[/B][/COLOR]
[b]9.[/b]   Pauleta              PSG        (FRA)   [COLOR=Olive][B]16[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]32[/B][/COLOR]
[b]= [/b]   Andriy Shevchenko    Milan      (ITA)   [COLOR=Olive][B]16[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]32[/B][/COLOR]
[b]11.[/b]  [COLOR=Blue][B]Kris Boyd            Rangers    (SCO)[/B][/COLOR]   [COLOR=Olive][B]21[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]31.5[/B][/COLOR]
[b]12.[/b]  Alberto Gilardino    Milan      (ITA)   [COLOR=Olive][B]15[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]30[/B][/COLOR]
[b]=  [/b]  David Villa          Valencia   (ESP)   [COLOR=Olive][B]15[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]30[/B][/COLOR]
[b]=  [/b]  Francesco Totti      AS Roma    (ITA)   [COLOR=Olive][B]15[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]30[/B][/COLOR]
[b]=  [/b]  [COLOR=Blue][B]Shota Arveladze      AZ Alkmaar (NED)[/B][/COLOR]   [COLOR=Olive][B]15[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]30[/B][/COLOR]
[b]16.[/b]  Dirk Kuijt           Feyenoord  (NED)   [COLOR=Olive][B]19[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]28.5[/B][/COLOR]
[b]17.[/b]  Ronaldinho           Barcelona  (ESP)   [COLOR=Olive][B]14[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]28[/B][/COLOR]
[b]=  [/b]  David Suazo          Cagliari   (ITA)   [COLOR=Olive][B]14[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]28[/B][/COLOR]
[b]=  [/b]  Frank Lampard        Chelsea    (ENG)   [COLOR=Olive][B]14[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]28[/B][/COLOR]
[b]=  [/b]  Cristiano Lucarelli  Livorno    (ITA)   [COLOR=Olive][B]14[/B][/COLOR]  [COLOR=Red][B]28[/B][/COLOR]
 

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Definitely some cracking players on there. Most of them we have been linked with. :D Huntelaar for example is right on fire, he would have been a great signing. I'm not sure about Lucarelli, I've never heard of him before. That is the club Negri went to was it not?
 

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Out of that list I remember us being linked with Eto'o, van Nistelrooy, Shevchenko, and Huntelaar :D
 
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