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5 unlikely European Cup golden boot winners who shocked the continent

Graeme Souness, 1981
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4. Graeme Souness, Liverpool

These were the only goals of the Scotsman’s career in European club competition

6 goals, 1981

Known mainly as a midfield enforcer and creator, Souey also shared the European Golden Boot with team-mate Terry McDermott, courtesy of six goals in Liverpool’s 1980/81 campaign. Incredibly, they came in the form of two hat-tricks – against Finnish side OPS in the first round and CSKA Sofia in the quarters – and were the only goals of the Scotsman’s career in European club competition.

5. Milinko Pantic, Atletico Madrid 

5 goals, 1997

Ten players scored four goals in 1996/97 – among them, six forwards from the two finalists, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. Yet they all finished joint-second behind a Serbian thirtysomething playmaker.

Pantic played in the hole behind Juan Esnaider and Kiko for the quarter-finalists and was a set-piece expert, scoring a free-kick against Dortmund and from the spot against Ajax. He’s the only Atletico player to win the European Cup’s Golden Boot.

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