Team titles more important than individual accolades’ were the exact words of Lionel Messi after his former side Barcelona lost the title to then Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid.
A few forwards actually see the prize of the golden boot as an additional feather to their cap, and some players trying to play the “humility card” even downplay the importance of these awards, but you can surely place a bet that every attacking player who has the responsibility of finding the back of the net have their sight set on this prize.
The ‘Pichichi’ as it is referred to in Spain is an award that proportionately transcends to a rise in the player’s stock. Every player that has won the award for the top scorer in their respective leagues has seen their stock rise. A few names like David Guiza with Mallorca, Cristiano Ronaldo with Manchester United, Lionel Messi with Barcelona, and even the Nigerian duo of Cyril Dessers and Paul Onuachu, who picked up the much-coveted topscorer award, did see their stock rise — though a few failed to hit the standard the media had set for them.
Walking you down memory lane, we will be streamlining you to a list of Nigerian players that once tasted the euphoria that comes with winning the prize of the golden boot in the major leagues in Europe.