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ESM Golden Shoe: Makaay crowned

RC Deportivo La Coruña's Roy Makaay has won the ESM Golden Shoe award for finishing as Europe's top scorer.

Out in front
The Dutch international finished the Spanish season with a goal in the 2-1 defeat of RCD Espanyol on Saturday and his 29 strikes, multiplied by two to reflect the strength of the Primera División, was enough to give him a final tally of 58 points, five-and-a-half more than his nearest rival.

Generous gesture
Makaay will receive his award on 28 August, but has already taken a unique step to make sure his Deportivo team-mates were recognised for their efforts in a campaign where they finished third in Spain and earned a UEFA Champions League place. Makaay commissioned Dutch jeweller Hans Aalbers to produce 26 golden shoes for the entire Deportivo squad as thanks.

Personal thanks
"I have known Makaay since his [SBV] Vitesse days and when he told me he wanted to do something for his team-mates, we got this idea together," said Aalbers. Makaay also had a special inscription - 'gracias Roy Makaay' - placed on each shoe.  

Closest challengers
His nearest rival was Mateja Kežman, who scored 35 times for Dutch club PSV Eindhoven but finished with 52.5 points because of the 1.5 multiplier given to goals scored in the Netherlands. Third was AS Monaco FC forward Shabani Nonda, who found the net 26 times in France to finish just behind Kežman.

PosNameClub (Country)GlsValPts
1Roy MakaayRC Deportivo La Coruña (ESP)29258
2Mateja KežmanPSV Eindhoven (HOL)351.552.5
3Shabani NondaAS Monaco FC (FRA)26252
4Ruud van NistelrooijManchester United FC (ENG) 25250
5Thierry HenryArsenal FC (ENG)24248
5Christian VieriInternazionale FC (ITA)24248
7James BeattieSouthampton FC (ENG)23246
7Nihat KahveciReal Sociedad de Fútbol (ESP)23246
7PauletaFC Girondins de Bordeaux FRA) 23246
7RonaldoReal Madrid CF (ESP)23246
11Thomas ChristiansenVfL Bochum 1848 (GER)21242
11Giovane ElberFC Bayern München (GER)21242
11Henrik LarssonCeltic FC (SCO) 281.542
11Pierre van HooijdonkFeyenoord (HOL)
15Darko KovacevicReal Sociedad de Fútbol (ESP)20240
15Mark VidukaLeeds United AFC (ENG)20240
17Ricardo NuñezGrasshopper-Club (SUI)261.539
18Michael OwenLiverpool FC (ENG)19238
19Andrei KrõlovFC TVMK Tallinn (EST)37137
20Arman KaramyanFC Pyunik (ARM)36136
20Adrian MutuParma AC(ITA)18236
20Okan YilmazBursaspor (TUR)241.536
20Stanko SvitlicaLegia Warszawa (POL)241.536
24Didier DrogbaEn Avant Guingamp (FRA)17234
24Filippo InzaghiAC Milan (ITA)17234
24Alan ShearerNewcastle United FC (ENG)17234

Last updated: 22 June 2003

Only the leading five countries (Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England) on the UEFA Ranking have 2 as their multiplier. This is to emphasise the difference in (international) performance level between the clubs from those countries and those from the other countries.

A player cannot first play in a summer league (e.g. Norway) and then in a winter league (e.g. Spain) and combine the points total for each season.

Figures from Voetbal International