When did we start caring about calendar year records?
As soon as an Englishman wrote his name into the history books, that’s when.
Harry Kane’s 56th goal for club an country meant he finished the calendar year as Europe’s leading scorer, edging out Lionel Messi.
It’s the first time in seven years that neither Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo have won the ‘award’.
But can you name the last player to see off the Messi and Ronaldo duopoly?
We’ll give you a clue. He started his career at Bosnian side FK Zeljeznicar Sarajevo.
We’ll put you out of your misery.
The last man to eclipse Messi and Ronaldo was none other than Edin Dzeko.
Dzeko scored 44 goals for club and country in 2009, when he was playing for Wolfsburg.
The Bosnian striker finished as 2009’s top goalscorer, with David Villa two goals behind him in second place.
It was the year in which, alongside Brazilian striker Grafite, Dzeko fired Wolfsburg to an unlikely Bundesliga title.
Dzeko was actually pipped to the German golden boot by Grafite during the 2008/09 season, although he did pick up the honour the following campaign.
A year after being crowned Europe’s leading marksman Dzeko signed for Man City, and the rest is history.
By history we mean being in and out of the side during two Premier League winning campaigns as well as picking up three domestic cups.
Still, it beats Kane’s current trophy haul of a Football League Cup runner up in 2015.
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