LONDON: Remarkably, the English Premier League claims the first three positions in the latest rankings for the ESM Golden Shoe, annual prize awarded to European football’s leading dometic marksman writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane held on to top spot in both England and Europe with the 23rd goal which defeated Arsenal in Saturday’s north London derby victory over Arsenal. Liverpool’s Mo Salah is one goal behind after his own strike in Sunday’s defeat of Southampton while Sergio Aguero’s four-goal extravaganza against Leicester City saw him leap up the table to joint third.

Aguero is level on 21 league goals for the campaign with Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain who has benefited this season from a change in the Golden Shoe computation: France is now among the top five nations according to UEFA’s July rankings.

This means his goals benefit from a multiple of 2.0 rather than the 1.5 of last season.

Portugal slipped out of the top five meaning the value of goals in the local league for players from Benfica, Sporting and Porto etc has been downgraded to 1.5. Goals in the countries ranked on down from 23 stand at face value.

As in previous years the Golden Shoe does not consider goals in play-off competitions.

Golden Shoe standings  

(Ranking multiplication based on UEFA coefficient status)

1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 23 x 2 = 46

2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC) 22 x 2 = 44

3. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) 21 x 2 = 42
– Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) 21 x 2 = 42

5. Ciro Immobile (SS Lazio Roma) 20 x 2 = 40
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 20 x 2 = 40
7. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) 19 x 2 = 38
8. ‘Jonas’ Gonçalves Oliveira (SL Benfica) 25 x 1,5 = 37,5
9. Mauro Icardi (Internazionale) 18 x 2 = 36
‘Neymar’ da Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) 18 x 2 = 36
11. Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco) 17 x 2 = 34
Fabio Quagliarella (UC Sampdoria) 17 x 2 = 34
13. Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyonnais) 16 x 2 = 32
Luis Suárez (FC Barcelona) 16 x 2 = 32
15. Iago Aspas (RC Celta de Vigo) 15 x 2 = 30
Dries Mertens (SSC Napoli) 15 x 2 = 30
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) 15 x 2 = 30
18. Igor Angulo Albóniga (Górnik Zabrze) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
Bas Dost (Sporting Clube de Portugal) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
20. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Arsenal) 14 x 2 = 28
Mariano Díaz (Olympique Lyonnais) 14 x 2 = 28
Paulo Dybala (Juventus) 14 x 2 = 28
Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) 14 x 2 = 28
Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille) 14 x 2 = 28
25. Mikhail Gordeichuk (FC BATE Borisov) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Albert Prosa (FC Infonet Tallinn) 27 x 1 = 27
Rauno Sappinen (Flora Tallinn) 27 x 1 = 27
28. Mario Balotelli (OGC Nice) 13 x 2 = 26
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) 13 x 2 = 26
30. Bafétimbi Gomis (Galatasaray SK) 17 x 1,5 = 25,5
Emiliano Marcondes (FC Nordsjaelland) 17 x 1,5 = 25,5
Dia Seba (Maccabi Netanya) 17 x 1,5 = 25,5
Burak Yilmaz (Trabzonspor AS) 17 x 1,5 = 25,5
34. Irakli Sikharulidze (FC Locomotive Tblisi) 25 x 1 = 25
35. ‘Carlitos’ Carlos Lopez (Wisla Kraków) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool FC) 12 x 2 = 24
Gerard Gohou (FC Kairat Almaty) 24 x 1 = 24
Maximiliano Gómez González (RC Celta de Vigo) 12 x 2 = 24
Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) 12 x 2 = 24
Moussa Marega (FC Porto) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Jakub Swierczok (Zaglebie Lubin) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Christian Stuani (Girona FC) 12 x 2 = 24
43. Vincent Aboubakar (FC Porto) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Pawel Savitskiy (FC Neman Grodno) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
45. Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) 11 x 2 = 22
Alfred Finnbogason (FC Augsburg) 11 x 2 = 22
Eden Hazard (Chelsea FC) 11 x 2 = 22
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 11 x 2 = 22
Karl Toko Ekambi (Angers SCO) 11 x 2 = 22
‘Willian José’ da Silva (Real Sociedad) 11 x 2 = 22
51. Teddy Chevalier (KV Kortrijk) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Magnus Eriksson (Djurgårdens IF) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Karl Holmberg (IFK Norrköping) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Adis Jahovic (Göztepe Izmir) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Isaac Kiese Thelin (Waasland-Beveren) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Marco Filipe Lopes ‘Paixão’ (KS Lechia Gdańsk) 14 x 1,5 = 21
57. Rimo Hunt (Levadia Tallinn) 20 x 1 = 20
Seán Maguire (Cork City) 20 x 1 = 20
Álvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) 10 x 2 = 20
Gerard Moreno (RCD Espanyol) 10 x 2 = 20
Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg) 10 x 2 = 20
Wayne Rooney (Everton FC) 10 x 2 = 20
Emiliano Sala (FC Nantes) 10 x 2 = 20
Mark Uth (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 10 x 2 = 20
Kevin Volland (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) 10 x 2 = 20
Timo Werner (RasenBallsport Leipzig) 10 x 2 = 20
Simone Zaza (Valencia CF) 10 x 2 = 20

* The Golden Shoe is administered, computed and formulated by the European Sports Media group whose members comprise: A Bola (Portugal), ElfVoetbal (Netherlands), Fanatik (Turkey), Foot Magazine (Belgium), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy), GoalNews/Sentragoal (Greece), Guerin Sportivo (Italy), Kicker (Germany), Marca (Spain), Nemzeti Sport (Hungary), SoFoot (France), Sport Express (Russia), Telegraaf/Telesport (Netherlands), Tipsbladet (Denmark), World Soccer (England). Affiliated members: Kick Off (South Africa), Titan Sport (China), Netease (China), SportalKorea (South-Korea).
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