This year the European Golden Shoe was awarded to two players – Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo
and Liverpool attacker Luis Suarez. Ronaldo now joins Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as the only other
footballer to win the shoe three times. Meanwhile, Suarez, whose goals nearly ended Liverpool’s 24-
year wait for their 19th English league title, received the award for the first time. This is the third season
in which the Golden Shoe has been shared, following the 1989-1990 tie between Bulgarian Hristo
Stoichkov and Mexican Hugo Sanchez, and the 2004-2005 winners Thierry Henry from Arsenal and
Villarreal’s Diego Forlan.
Ronaldo finished the season as La Liga’s top scorer with 31 goals from 30 games but had to skip the
Real-Espanyol game due to a hamstring problem. This allowed Suarez, who scored the same number of
goals, to tie with the Portuguese for the prestigious award.
According to a Bloomberg Sports analysis of every player and every game in the English, German,
French, Italian and Spanish first divisions, Suarez is statistically the most influential player in Europe. He
topped the 2014 ‘Power 50’ rankings, beating Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo. The analysis by
Bloomberg takes into account the attacking and defensive responsibilities of each player, as well as the
strength of the opposing team. The advanced evaluation covered over 100 types of player actions,
leading to about 1,000 to 1,500 data points for each player per match.
Suarez recently underwent a surgery on his left knee but is expected to recover in time to play in the
World Cup in three weeks. The Liverpool striker hurt his meniscus while training in Montevideo and had
a surgery following a scan. His meniscus was re-sectioned and no other problems were detected.
According to Uruguayan sources, the Liverpool player originally suffered a knee trauma during the final
Premier League match of the season.
Suarez will continue his rehabilitation away from the main Uruguay squad and the national team coach
Oscar Washington Tabarez said he would not try to rush him back. “Luis is not ruled out of the World
Cup, but you cannot talk about specific times,” commented team doctor Alberto Pan. He added that the
Liverpool attacker was very positive and was getting better every day.
Uruguay open their tournament against Costa Rica on June 15 before facing England in Sao Paulo four