As most of Europe returns to action after the winter break, one man carries on where he left off.

Last season’s joint ESM Golden Shoe winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, continues to set the pace in this year’s standings.

The Real Madrid striker continued his phenomenal run this season, netting from the penalty spot in his side’s surprise 2-1 defeat at Valencia. That result meant Madrid fell two games sort in their attempt to match Brazilian club Coritiba’s world record of 24 straight wins.

Ronaldo is up to 26 for the season in just 16 games – an astonishing ratio that keeps him on course to obliterate Lionel Messi’s Spanish record of 50 goals, set back in 2012.

Behind Ronaldo come a number of players whose season has already finished or started early and are now heading for a lengthy winter break.

Then comes his arch-rival Lionel Messi who has 15 for the season, although he was unable to add to that tally as Barcelona fell to a 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad on Sunday. That defeat and Real Madrid’s loss meant both giants of the Spanish game were beaten on the same day for the first time since 30 April 2011

The top ten is rounded out by Premier League duo Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa who have have both scored 14 goals this season for Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.

POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 26 x 2 = 52
2. Evgeni Kabaev (Sillamäe Kalev) 36 x 1 = 36
3. Igor Subbotin (Levadia Tallinn) 32 x 1 = 32
4. Andrej Kramaric (HNK Rijeka) 21 x 1.5 = 31.5
5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 15 x 2 = 30
Fabrice Kouadio ‘Manucho’ (FC Infonet) 30 x 1 = 30
7. Jonatan Soriano (Red Bull Salzburg) 19 x 1.5 = 28.5
8. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) 14 x 2 = 28
Diego Costa (Chelsea) 14 x 2 = 28
Vladislavs Gutkovskis (Skonto Riga) 28 x 1 = 28
11. Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt) 13 x 2 = 26
12. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5
13. Vidar Örn Kjartansson (Valerenga IF) 25 x 1 = 25
14. Jackson Martinez (orto) 12 x 2 = 24
Eran Zahavi (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 16 x 1.5 = 24
16. Janis Ikaunieks (Metalurgs Liepajas) 23 x 1 = 23
Chris Venables (Aberystwyth Town) 23 x 1 = 23
Lasse Vibe (IFK Göteborg) 23 x 1 = 23
19. Nikolai Yanush (Shakhtyor Soligorsk) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5
20. ‘Neymar’ (Barcelona) 11 x 2 = 22
Klaemint Olsen (NSI) 22 x 1 = 22
Albert Prosa (Flora Tallinn) 22 x 1 = 22
23. Aleksandr Makas (FC Minsk) 14 x 1.5 = 21
Hidetoshi Wakui (Nomme Kaljü) 21 x 1 = 21
25. Carlos Bacca (Sevilla) 10 x 2 = 20
Christy Fagan (Saint Patrick’s Athletic) 20 x 1 = 20
Joe Gormley (Cliftonville) 20 x 1 = 20
Patrick Hoban (Dundalk) 20 x 1 = 20
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) 10 x 2 = 20
Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) 10 x 2 = 20
Carlos Tevez (Juventus) 10 x 2 = 20
32. Vladislav Ivanov (Levadia Tallinn) 19 x 1 = 19
Finnur Justinussen (Vikingur) 19 x 1 = 19
Niko Tokic (FK Siauliai) 19 x 1 = 19
Standings last updated 05/01/2015

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.