Paul Onuachu, Simy Nwankwo Feature In European Golden Boot Race

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Super Eagles and Genk forward Paul Onuachu has moved up in the race for the European Golden Boot passing Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, while Crotone’s Nigerian star Simy Nwankwo moved up three places in the ranking.

Onuachu was previously in eighth place, but after scoring for Genk in the loss to Royal Antwerp, the Nigerian international moved up a spot to seventh place.

Only Robert Lewandowski (35) has scored more goals than Onuachu’s 29 for Genk in European Leagues this season.

Super Eagles forward Paul Onuachu celebrates with Genk teammates after  during Belgian Jupiler League match

Onuachu sits in seventh place because a goal in the Belgian Jupiler League is worth 1.5 points, while a goal in Europe’s top five leagues is with two points.

The Super Eagles forward sits above world-class players like Karim Benzema, Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah on the chart.

Onuachu is not the only Nigerian that moved up in the race, as Simy Nwankwo also moved up three places in the ranking.

Crotone’s Simy Nwankwo (99) celebrates after scoring against Juventus during Italian Serie A match

Unlike Onuachu, each of Nwankwo’s goals is worth two points as he plays for Crotone in the Italian Serie A, one of Europe’s top five leagues.

Nwankwo, 28, now sits in 17th place after scoring 19 goals for Crotone. Simy is now the Nigerian player that has scored the most goals in Europe’s top five leagues in a single campaign, while he’s also the country’s all-time leading scorer in the Italian top-flight.


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