Real Madrid striker scores five in 9-1 rout of Granada.

The drought is officially over. Cristiano Ronaldo, who had seen his huge lead in the ESM Golden Shoe rankings overturned by great rival Lionel Messi, returned to the top of the standings with a bang.

Five goals in Real Madrid’s 9-1 win over Granada at the weekend – the first time he has achieved such a feat in his illustrious career – have taken the Portuguese striker to 36 goals for the season, four ahead of Messi who recorded a rare blank in Barcelona’s 1-0 win at Celta Vigo.

The leading pair are well clear of Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Tottenham’s Harry Kane who sit in joint third place.

Alexandre Lacazette, whose goals have powered Lyon’s title charge in France, was again on target. The French striker scored in his side’s 3-1 win over Guingamp to take his tally to an impressive 24 for the season.

Elsewhere in the top ten, there were two new entries, Juventus’ Carlos Tevez and Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca, both of whom scored at the weekend.

POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 36 x 2 = 72
2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 32 x 2 = 64
3. Diego Costa (Chelsea) 19 x 2 = 38
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 19 x 2 = 38
Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt) 19 x 2 = 38
6. Evgeni Kabaev (Sillamäe Kalev) 36 x 1 = 36
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) 24 x 1,5 = 36
8. Jonatan Soriano (Red Bull Salzburg) 23 x 1,5 = 34,5
9. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) 17 x 2 = 34
Carlos Bacca (Sevilla) 17 x 2 = 34
Jackson Martinez (Porto) 17 x 2 = 34
‘Neymar’ da Silva (Barcelona) 17 x 2 = 34
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) 17 x 2 = 34
Carlos Tevez (Juventus) 17 x 2 = 34
15. Andrej Kramaric (HNK Rijeka/Leicester City) 21 x 1,5 + 1 x 2 = 33,5
16. Eran Zahavi (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 22 x 1,5 = 33
17. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) 17 x 2 = 34
Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) 16 x 2 = 32
Jérémy Menez (Milan) 16 x 2 = 32
Igor Subbotin (Levadia Tallinn) 32 x 1 = 32
21. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 15 x 2 = 30
Mauro Icardi (Internazionale) 15 x 2 = 30
Shkelzen Gashi (FC Basel) 20 x 1,5 = 30
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) 15 x 2 = 30
Fabrice Kouadio ‘Manucho’ (FC Infonet) 30 x 1 = 30
Luca Toni (Hellas Verona) 15 x 2 = 30
27. Joe Gormley (Cliftonville) 29 x 1 = 29
28. Robert Beric (Rapid Vienna) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
Memphis Depay (PSV) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
30. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 14 x 2 = 28
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) 14 x 2 = 28
Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) 14 x 2 = 28
Vladislavs Gutkovskis (Skonto Riga) 28 x 1 = 28
34. André-Pierre Gignac (Marseille) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Chris Venables (Aberystwyth Town) 27 x 1 = 27
36. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 13 x 2 = 26
Bas Dost (Wolfsburg) 13 x 2 = 26
Paulo Dybala (Palermo) 13 x 2 = 26
Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) 13 x 2 = 26
Rodrigo José ‘Lima’ dos Santos (Benfica) 13 x 2 = 26
Jordan Owens (Crusaders FC) 26 x 1 = 26
42. José ‘Fernandão’ Viana de Santana (Bursaspor) 17 x 1,5 = 25,5
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) 17 x 1,5 = 25,5
44. Vidar Örn Kjartansson (Valerenga IF) 25 x 1 = 25
Edison Luis dos Santos ‘Tarabai’ (Hibernian 25 x 1 = 25
46. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) 12 x 2 = 24
Jerónimo Barrales (Asteras Tripolis) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) 12 x 2 = 24
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 12 x 2 = 24
‘Jonas’ Gonçalves Oliveira (SL Benfica) 12 x 2 = 24
Luuk de Jong (PSV) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Rio Ave) 12 x 2 = 24
Michiel Kramer (Den Haag) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Mario Mandzukic (Atlético Madrid) 12 x 2 = 24
Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich) 12 x 2 = 24
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 12 x 2 = 24
Franco di Santo (Werder Bremen) 12 x 2 = 24
Luciano Víetto (Villarreal) 12 x 2 = 24

Standings last updated 08/04/2015

Rules

Only the leading five countries – Spain, Italy, Germany, England and Portugal – in the UEFA rankings have two as their multiplier. This is to emphasise the difference in (international) performance level between clubs from those countries and those of other nations.A player cannot play first in a summer league (e.g. Norway) and then in a winter league (e.g. Spain) and combine the points totals for each season.