LONDON: Lionel Messi cannot realistically be caught at top spot in the ESM European Golden Shoe standings for the continent’s leading league marksman writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

The Spanish league concludes this coming weekend but already Messi is established out in front for what would be a record fifth success. His nearest rivals are Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (32 goals) and Tottenham’s Harry Kane (30) and the English Premier Leaue wrapped up last weekend.

The chances of Lazio’s Ciro Immobile (29) and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani (28) are in the remaining of weekend of action in Italy and France respectively and less than minimal.

Benfica’s Jonas has also scored 34 goals but Portugal’s status ranks below that of Spain in regulations based on the UEFA ranking of competition value. This means his goals benefit from a multiple of 1.5 rather than 2.0.

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. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 34 x 2 = 68

2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC) 32 x 2 = 64

3. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 30 x 2 = 60
4. Ciro Immobile (SS Lazio Roma) 29 x 2 = 58
Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) 29 x 2 = 58
6. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) 28 x 2 = 56
Mauro Icardi (Internazionale) 28 x 2 = 56
8. ‘Jonas’ Gonçalves Oliveira (SL Benfica) 34 x 1,5 = 51
9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 25 x 2 = 50
Luis Suárez (FC Barcelona) 25 x 2 = 50
11. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Arsenal) 23 x 2 = 46
12. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) 22 x 2 = 44
Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille) 22 x 2 = 44
14. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) 21 x 2 = 42
Bafétimbi Gomis (Galatasaray SK) 28 x 1,5 = 42
16. Bas Dost (Sporting Clube de Portugal) 27 x 1,5 = 40,5
17. Iago Aspas (RC Celta de Vigo) 20 x 2 = 40
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) 20 x 2 = 40
19. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) 19 x 2 = 38
‘Neymar’ da Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) 19 x 2 = 38
Fabio Quagliarella (UC Sampdoria) 19 x 2 = 38
Christian Stuani (Girona FC) 19 x 2 = 38
23. Mario Balotelli (OGC Nice) 18 x 2 = 36
Mariano Díaz (Olympique Lyonnais) 18 x 2 = 36
Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco) 18 x 2 = 36
Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyonnais) 18 x 2 = 36
Dries Mertens (SSC Napoli) 18 x 2 = 36
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) 18 x 2 = 36
29. Burak Yilmaz (Trabzonspor AS) 23 x 1,5 = 34,5
30. Karl Toko Ekambi (Angers SCO) 17 x 2 = 34
31. Munas Dabbur (Red Bull Salzburg) 22 x 1,5 = 33
32. Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyonnais) 16 x 2 = 32
Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) 16 x 2 = 32
Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) 16 x 2 = 32
Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) 16 x 2 = 32
Gerard Moreno (RCD Espanyol) 16 x 2 = 32
‘Rodrigo’ Moreno Machado (Valencia CF) 16 x 2 = 32
38. ‘Carlitos’ Carlos Lopez (Wisla Kraków) 21 x 1,5 = 31,5
Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar) 21 x 1,5 = 31,5
Moussa Marega (FC Porto) 21 x 1,5 = 31,5
41. Igor Angulo Albóniga (Górnik Zabrze) 20 x 1,5 = 30
Carlos Bacca (Villarreal CF) 15 x 2 = 30
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 15 x 2 = 30
Facundo Ferreyra (FC Shakhtar Donetsk) 20 x 1,5 = 30
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool FC) 15 x 2 = 30
Maximiliano Gómez González (RC Celta de Vigo) 15 x 2 = 30
Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg) 15 x 2 = 30
Nolan Roux (FC Metz) 15 x 2 = 30
David Turpel (F91 Dudelange) 30 x 1 = 30
‘Willian José’ da Silva (Real Sociedad) 15 x 2 = 30
51. Deni Alar (SK Sturm Graz) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
Bjørn Johnsen (ADO Den Haag) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Saloniki) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
54. Niclas Füllkrug (Hannover 96) 14 x 2 = 28
Alexander Karapetyan (FC Progrès Niederkorn) 28 x 1 = 28
Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) 14 x 2 = 28
Alassane Pléa (OGC Nice) 14 x 2 = 28
Mark Uth (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 14 x 2 = 28
Kevin Volland (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) 14 x 2 = 28
60. Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord Rotterdam) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Mikhail Gordeichuk (FC BATE Borisov) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Anis Jahovic (Göztepe Izmir) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Albert Prosa (FC Infonet Tallinn) 27 x 1 = 27
Rauno Sappinen (Flora Tallinn) 27 x 1 = 27
Dia Seba (Maccabi Netanya) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Wout Weghorst (AZ Alkmaar) 18 x 1,5 = 27
67. ‘Ángel’ Luis Rodríguez Díaz (Getafe CF) 13 x 2 = 26
Michael Gregoritsch (FC Augsburg) 13 x 2 = 26
Gabriel Fernando de ‘Jesus‘ (Manchester City) 13 x 2 = 26
Andrej Kramaric (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 13 x 2 = 26
Marcos Paulo Mesquita ‘Rony’ Lopes (AS Monaco) 13 x 2 = 26
Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) 13 x 2 = 26
Nicolas Pépé (Lille OSC) 13 x 2 = 26
Giovanni Simeone (AFC Fiorentina) 13 x 2 = 26
Bertrand Traoré (Olympique Lyonnais) 13 x 2 = 26
Timo Werner (RasenBallsport Leipzig) 13 x 2 = 26
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* 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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