Paul Onuachu becomes the first- ever Nigerian to win the Golden Shoe award after arising as the Belgian league's stylish player for 2021 ( prints)

Super Eagles and Genk striker, Paul Onuachu has been named the winner of the 2021 Belgian Golden Shoe award.

Super Eagles and Genk striker, Paul Onuachu has been named the winner of the 2021 Belgian Golden Shoe award, getting the first- ever Nigerian and the fourth African to claim the prestigious honour

The 27- time-old claimed the award on Wednesday night after scoring an inconceivable 29 league pretensions over the entire 2020-21 season and adding another 12 in the first half of the current crusade. Onuachu gathered 333 votes to beat the Club Brugge brace of Noa Lang (272 votes) and Charles De Ketelaere (271 votes) to alternate and third, independently.

Three Africans, Ivory Coast’s Aruna Dindane in 2003, Morocco’s Mbark Boussoufa doubly in 2006 and 2010, and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Dieumerci Mbokani in 2012, had preliminarily won the award.

Last time, Onuachu finished in third place in the running for the Golden Shoe, coming behind winner Israeli star Lior Refaelov and alternate- placed Raphael Holzhauser.

The palm on Wednesday night, also saw him come the third Genk player in history to be named Belgium’s stylish and the first in 20 times.

The former Midtjylland star is presently recovering from an injury that kept him out of the Nigerian team to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.