KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTING —- Normal service has been resumed in the ESM European Golden Shoe. Robert Lewandowski may be out injured but he remains clear award to pick the price awarded annually to leading marksman in league competition.

The world’s top player has scored 35 Bundesliga goals 11 clear of Cristiano Ronaldo and 12 ahead of Leo Messi. Ronaldo narrowed the gap marginally with his late equaliser goal in Juventus’ 2-2 derby weekend draw with Torino in Italy’s Serie A.

Lewandowski promises to become only the third player since 2010 to interrupted the duo’s command after Barcelona’s Luis Suarez in 2016 and Lazio’s Ciro Immobile last season.

Cristiano Ronaldo . . . pulled one goal back

Ronaldo has won the Golden Shoe four times and Messi on six occasions.

Early pacemaker Kasper Junker of Norway’s Bodo/Glimt has now slipped down to sixth place.

Junker scored 27 and was a long-time leader of the standings because the Golden Shoe is based on a ranking computed according to UEFA’s end-of-season rankings.

Thus marksmen from among the top five nations benefit from a multiple of 2.0, the next batch (places six to 22 ) a factor of 1.5 and the remainder 1.0.

Scandinavian leagues which traditionally play to a calendar-year schedule always provide the initial leaders before being overtaken in due course by the superstars of western Europe.

As in other years the rankings does not include play-offs which means that the leagues in countries such as Cyprus, Austria and Greece are already finished for the ESM Golden Shoe ranking.

Golden Shoe standings

(Ranking multiplication based on UEFA coefficient status)

1. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) 35 x 2 = 70
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) 24 x 2 = 48
3. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 23 x 2 = 46

4. André Miguel Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt) 22 x 2 = 44
5. Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) 21 x 2 = 42
6. Kasper Junker (FK Bodø/Glimt) 27 x 1,5 = 40,5
7. Romelu Lukaku (Internazionale Milano) 20 x 2 = 40
– Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) 20 x 2 = 40
9. Paul Ebere Onuachu (KRC Genk) 26 x 1,5 = 39
10. ‘Gerard’ Moreno Balagueró (Villarreal CF) 19 x 2 = 38
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 19 x 2 = 38
Luis Alberto Suárez (Atlético Madrid) 19 x 2 = 38
13. Amahl Pellegrino (Kristiansund BK) 25 x 1,5 = 37,5
14. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 18 x 2 = 36
Giorgos Giakoumakis (VVV-Venlo) 24 x 1,5 = 36
Luis Muriel Fruto (Atalanta Bergamo) 18 x 2 = 36
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC) 18 x 2 = 36
18. Wout Weghorst (VfL Wolfsburg) 17 x 2 = 34
19. Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes (Manchester United) 16 x 2 = 32
20. Thomas Henry (Oud-Heverlee Leuven) 21 x 1,5 = 31,5
21. Patson Daka (Red Bull Salzburg) 20 x 1,5 = 30
Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla FC) 15 x 2 = 30
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan) 15 x 2 = 30
Simeon ‘Simy’ Nwankwo (FC Crotone) 15 x 2 = 30
Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco) 15 x 2 = 30
26. Youssef El-Arabi (Olympiakos Piraeus) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
Milan Makarić (FK Radnik Surdulica) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
Ramón Nazareno Miérez (NK Osijek) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
Philip Zinckernagel (FK Bodø/Glimt) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
30. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) 14 x 2 = 28
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton FC) 14 x 2 = 28
Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyonnais) 14 x 2 = 28
Boulaye Dia (Stade de Reims) 14 x 2 = 28
Ciro Immobile (SS Lazio Roma) 14 x 2 = 28
Lorenzo Insigne (SSC Napoli Calcio) 14 x 2 = 28
Andrej Kramaric (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 14 x 2 = 28
Lautaro Martínez (Internazionale Milano) 14 x 2 = 28
Kevin Volland (AS Monaco) 14 x 2 = 28
39. Aaron Boupendza (Hatayspor Kulübü) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Christoffer Nyman (IFK Norrköping) 18 x 1,5 = 27
41. Sasa Kalajdzic (VfB Stuttgart) 13 x 2 = 26
‘João Pedro’ Galvão (Cagliari Calcio) 13 x 2 = 26
Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) 13 x 2 = 26
Dusan Vlahovic (ACF Fiorentina) 13 x 2 = 26
45. Gianni Bruno (SV Zulte Waregem) 17 x 1,5 = 25,5
46. Ludovic Ajorque (Racing Strasbourg Alsace) 12 x 2 = 24
Takumo Asano (FK Partizan Beograd) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord Rotterdam) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Veton Berisha (Viking FK Stavanger) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Odsonne Édouard (Celtic FC) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Amine Gouiri (OGC Nice) 12 x 2 = 24
Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) 12 x 2 = 24
Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad de Fútbol) 12 x 2 = 24
Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) 12 x 2 = 24
56. Rauno Sappinen (FC Flora Tallinn) 23 x 1 = 23
57. Vincent Aboubakar (Besiktas JK) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Mushaga Bakenga (Odds BK) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Pedro António Pereira Gonçalves ‘Pote’ (Sporting CP) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Teun Koopmeiners (AZ Alkmaar) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Kristijan Lovrić (HNK Gorica) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Nenad Lukic (FK TSC Backa Topola) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Astrit Seljmani (Varbergs BoIS) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Roman Yaremchuk (KAA Gent) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
65. Andrea Belotti (Torino FC) 11 x 2 = 22
Domenico Berardi (US Sassuolo Calcio) 11 x 2 = 22
Francesco Caputo (US Sassuolo Calcio) 11 x 2 = 22
Bioty Moise Kean (Paris Saint-Germain) 11 x 2 = 22
Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) 11 x 2 = 22
José Luis Morales (Levante UD) 11 x 2 = 22
‘Roger’ Martí Salvador (Levante UD) 11 x 2 = 22
Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach) 11 x 2 = 22
Karl Toko Ekambi (Olympique Lyonnais) 11 x 2 = 22
Silas Wamangituka (VfB Stuttgart) 11 x 2 = 22
Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa FC) 11 x 2 = 22
Duván Zapata (Atalanta Bergamo) 11 x 2 = 22

** 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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