Thierry Henry has won the Golden Shoe award as Europe's top marksman.

The Arsenal striker, who struck 25 goals in 31 Premiership games this season, will share the prize with Diego Forlan of Villareal after they both got 50 points.

Henry has become the first player to win the award in consecutive years since it was relaunched in 1996/97 and only the sixth to win it a second time. Former Manchester United striker Forlan went level with the Frenchman after bagging a brace against Levante in the final round of matches in the Spanish League on Sunday.

The Golden Shoe award is a competition to find the best goalscorer across Europe. A player's tally is multiplied by 2, 1.5 or 1 depending on the perceived strength of the League in which they are scored.

Only the leading five countries on the UEFA Ranking after the 2000/01 season have two as their mutiplier. These are Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England.


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31 May 2005