Lionel Messi has won the ESM Golden Shoe with a record total after finishing the season on 50 goals.
Messi finishes the season with 100 points, which not only makes him the highest points scorer in this season’s standings but also the highest goalscorer – four ahead of both Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Trans Navara’s, Aleksandrs Cekulajevs, who both managed an impressive 46 goals.
This is the second Golden Shoe award picked up by Messi who also claimed the accolade in the 2009-10 season with 34 goals.
Runner-up to Messi with 92 points was last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored six more goals than when winning the award last season.
The top ten represents a pantheon of modern striking greats with Robin van Persie, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney, all recording their highest ever totals for a league campaign.
There are four games in Romania tonight and next Friday there is a final round of matches in Denmark. But they will have no impact on the final standings.
POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS
Only the leading five countries – Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England – 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.