KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: It will take a determined goal-scoring effort for anyone to overtake Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski in the race to the ESM European Golden Shoe.

The 31-year-old Pole ended the German Bundesliga season last weekend with a total of 34 goals after converting a penalty in the 4-0 win at Wolfsburg with which Bayern wrapped up an eighth success league title.

Lazio’s Ciro Immobile, with 28 goals and 10 matches remaining, is the one man with a realistic prospect of catching up. Next best from an ongoing leagues is Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored 23 goals for Juventus, also in Serie A.

The Golden Shoe is based on a ranking computed according to UEFA’s rankings last July.  Thus marksmen from among the top five nations benefit from a multiple of 2.0, the next batch including Austria (places six to 22 ) a factor of 1.5 and the remainder 1.0.

The European Sports Media group has decided to resume the ranking while acknowledging that some leagues have already finished. As in previous years the Golden Shoe does not consider goals in play-off competitions.

Last season’s winner was Lionel Messi for a record-extending sixth time.

Golden Shoe standings

(Ranking multiplication based on UEFA coefficient status)

1. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) 34 x 2 = 68

2. Ciro Immobile (SS Lazio Roma) 28 x 2 = 56
– Timo Werner (RasenBallsport Leipzig) 28 x 2 = 56
4. Erling Braut Haaland (Red Bull Salzburg/Borussia Dortmund) 16 x 1,5 + 13 x 2 = 50
5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) 23 x 2 = 46
6. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 21 x 2 = 42
7. Romelu Lukaku (FC Internazionale Milano) 19 x 2 = 38
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) 19 x 2 = 38
9. Danny Ings (Southampton FC) 18 x 2 = 36
Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) 18 x 2 = 36
Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco) 18 x 2 = 36
12. Jean-Pierre Nsame (BSC Young Boys) 23 x 1,5 = 34,5
13. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) 17 x 2 = 34
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 17 x 2 = 34
‘João Pedro’ Galvão (Cagliari Calcio) 17 x 2 = 34
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC) 17 x 2 = 34
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) 17 x 2 = 34
18. Odsonne Édouard (Celtic FC) 22 x 1,5 = 33
Shon Weissman (Wolfsberger AC) 22 x 1,5 = 33
20. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) 16 x 2 = 32
Moussa Dembélé (Olympique Lyonnais) 16 x 2 = 32
Wout Weghorst (VfL Wolfsburg) 16 x 2 = 32
23. Erik Sorga (Flora Tallinn) 31 x 1 = 31
24. Rouwen Hennings (Fortuna Düsseldorf) 15 x 2 = 30
Josip Iličić (Atalanta Bergamo) 15 x 2 = 30
Raúl Alonso Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 15 x 2 = 30
Sadio Mané (Liverpool FC) 15 x 2 = 30
Luis Muriel Fruto (Atalanta Bergamo) 15 x 2 = 30
Alexander Sørloth (Trabzonspor AŞ) 20 x 1,5 = 30
Ivan Tričkovski (AEK Larnaca) 20 x 1,5 = 30
31. Papiss Demba Cissé (Alanyaspor) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
Mirko Maric (NK Osijek) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
Ilia Shkurin (FC Zvezda-BGU Minsk) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
34. Francesco Caputo (US Sassuolo Calcio) 14 x 2 = 28
Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) 14 x 2 = 28
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) 14 x 2 = 28
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) 14 x 2 = 28
Duván Zapata (Atalanta Bergamo) 14 x 2 = 28
39. Jonathan David (KAA Gent) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Dieumerci Mbokani (Royal Antwerp FC) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Aluísio ‘Júnior Moraes’ (FC Shakhtar Donetsk) 18 x 1,5 = 27
‘Carlos Vinícius’ Alves Morais (SL Benfica) 18 x 1,5 = 27
43. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea FC) 13 x 2 = 26
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton FC) 13 x 2 = 26
Jhon Córdoba (1.FC Köln) 13 x 2 = 26
‘Gerard’ Moreno Balagueró (Villarreal CF) 13 x 2 = 26
‘Neymar’ da Silva Santos Júnior (Paris Saint-Germain) 13 x 2 = 26
Florian Niederlechner (FC Augsburg) 13 x 2 = 26
Klaemint Olsen (NSÍ Runavik) 26 x 1 = 26
Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC) 13 x 2 = 26
Robin Quaison (1. FSV Mainz 05) 13 x 2 = 26
Luis Suárez (FC Barcelona) 13 x 2 = 26
54. Youssef El Arabi (Olympiakos Piraeus FC) 17 x 1,5 = 25,5
Mijo Caktas (HNK Hajduk Split) 17 x 1,5 = 25,5
Patson Daka (Red Bull Salzburg) 17 x 1,5 = 25,5
Kamil Wilczek (Bröndby IF) 17 x 1,5 = 25,5
58. Sebastian Andersson (1. FC Union Berlin) 12 x 2 = 24
Iago Aspas Juncal (RC Celta de Vigo) 12 x 2 = 24
Habib Diallo (FC Metz) 12 x 2 = 24
Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern München) 12 x 2 = 24
Kai Havertz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) 12 x 2 = 24
Mauro Icardi (Paris Saint-Germain) 12 x 2 = 24
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 12 x 2 = 24
Andrej Kramaric (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 12 x 2 = 24
Nenad Lukic (FK TSC Backa Topola) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Lautaro Martínez (FC Internazionale Milano) 12 x 2 = 24
Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla FC) 12 x 2 = 24
Andrea Petagna (SPAL) 12 x 2 = 24
Nikola Petkovic (FK Javor Ivanjica) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Vladimir Siladi (FK TSC Backa Topola) 16 x 1,5 = 24
André Miguel Valente Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt) 12 x 2 = 24
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) 12 x 2 = 24
74. Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord) 15 x 1,5 = 22.5
Mohamed Buya Turay (Djurgärdens IF) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Cyriel Dessers (Heracles Almelo) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Artem Dzyuba (FK Zenit Sint-Petersburg) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Christoph Monschein (FK Austria Wien) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Vedat Muriqi (Fenerbahçe SK) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Luís Miguel Afonso Fernandes ‘Pizzi’ (SL Benfica) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
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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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