Super Eagles and KRC Genk striker Paul Onuachu has won the Belgian Golden Shoe award.

The Nigerian international fended off challenge from Club Brugge’s pair of Noa Lang (272 votes) and Charles De Ketelaere (271) votes having amassed 333 votes.

The 27-year-old hitman who finished third last year behind Lior Refaelov and Raphael holzhauser scored 29 league goals last campaign and his works didn’t go unnoticed.

His current club Genk also took to their webpage to congratulate him via a statement released calling him their ‘legend’.

“After Branko Strupar and Wesley Sonck, Paul Onuachu is the third KRC Genk player to win the Golden Shoe. Our Nigerian striker finished ahead of Club players Noa Lang and Charles De Ketelaere.

“2021 was an incredible year for Paul: he became top scorer, won the Belgian Cup, became vice-champion, and was crowned professional footballer of the year. Now the Golden Shoe is added.
A legend, our legend. That needs no further explanation.”

KRC Genk

The former Midtjylland becomes the fourth African to win the award after Ivory Coast’s Aruna Dindane (2003), Morocco’s Mbark Boussoufa (2006, 2010) and DR Congo’s Dieumerci Mbokani (2012).

Onuachu who has scored 12 goals this season failed to make Nigeria’s squad for AFCON’21 in Cameroon having suffered an injury.