With Liverpool's Luis Suarez on FA Cup duty and his closest challenger at the top of the ESM Golden Shoe rankings, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, serving the first of his three-match suspension, there was an opportunity for Diego Costa to close the gap at the top of the standings.

The Atletico Madrid striker duly obliged, scoring once in his side’s 3-0 win over Real Vallodolid, to take his total to 21 for the season.

Alexis Sanchez’s strike as Barcelona thrashed Rayo Vallecano 6-0, saw him jump up from joint-seventh to joint-sixth – level with  Manchester City attacker Sergio Aguero.

Elsewhere, there are three new faces in the top 10 this week: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored as Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Valenciennes to jump to eighth, Robert Lewandowski’s penalty for Borussia Dortmund saw him go joint-ninth along with Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema.

One name to look out for in the coming weeks is Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who after missing a chunk of the season through injury, climbed into the top 20 following his brace against Vallecano.

POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS

1. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 23 x 2 = 46
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 22 x 2 = 44
3. Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid) 21 x 2 = 42
4. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) 16 x 2 = 32
5. Alfred Finnbogason (Heerenveen) 21 x 1.5 = 31.5
6. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) 15 x 2 = 30
Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad) 15 x 2 = 30
Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) 15 x 2 = 30
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) 19 x 1.5 = 28.5
10. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 14 x 2 = 28
Robert Lewandowksi (Borussia Dortmund) 14 x 2 = 28
Jackson Martinez (Porto) 14 x 2 = 28
Adrian Ramos (Hertha  Berlin) 14 x 2 = 28
Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina) 14 x 2 = 28
15. ‘Alan’ Douglas Borges De Carvalho (Red Bull Salzburg) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Graziano Pellè (Feyenoord) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Nerijus Valskis (FK Suduva) 27 x 1 = 27
18. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) 13 x 2 = 26
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 13 x 2 = 26
Fredy Montero (Sporting) 13 x 2 = 26
‘Pedro’ Rodríguez Ledesma (Barcelona) 13 x 2 = 26
Carlos Tevez (Juventus) 13 x 2 = 26
23. Michy Batshuayi (Standard Liege) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5
Omer Damari (Hapoel Tel Aviv) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5
Jonatan Soriano (Red Bull Salzburg) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5
26. Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) 12 x 2 = 24
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 12 x 2 = 24
Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) 12 x 2 = 24
Ciro Immobile (Torino) 12 x 2 = 24
Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich) 12 x 2 = 24
Yaya Touré (Manchester City) 12 x 2 = 24
32. Joe Gormley (Cliftonville ) 23 x 1 = 23
Vladimir Voskoboinikov (Nõmme Kalju) 23 x 1 = 23
34. Marko Devic (Metalist Kharkiv) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5
Hamdi Harbaoui (SK Lokeren) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5
Philipp Zulechner (SV Grödig/SC Freiburg) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5
37. Josip Drmic (1.FC Nürnberg) 11 x 2 = 22
Alberto Gilardino (Genoa CFC) 11 x 2 = 22
‘Javi Guerra’ Rodríguez (Real Valladolid) 11 x 2 = 22
Rimo Hunt (Levadia Tallinn) 22 x 1 = 22
Rodrigo Palacio (Internazionale) 11 x 2 = 22
Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) 11 x 2 = 22
Vitali Rodionov (BATE Borisov) 14 x 1,5 = 22
Gastón Sangoy (Apollon Limassol) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5
Luca Toni (Verona) 11 x 2 = 22
Arturo Vidal (Juventus) 11 x 2 = 22
Ikechuwku Uche (Villarreal CF) 11 x 2 = 22
48. Leon Benko (HNK Rijeka) 14 x 1.5 = 21
Kamil Bilinski (Zalgiris Vilnius) 21 x 1 = 21
Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) 14 x 1.5 = 21
Kostas Mitroglou (Olympiakos/Fulham) 14 x 1.5 = 21
Klaemint Olsen (NSÍ Runavik) 21 x 1 = 21
Evaldas Razulis (Atlantas) 21 x 1 = 21
54. Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) 10 x 2 = 20
Alessio Cerci (Torino) 10 x 2 = 20
Carlos Arturo Bacca (Sevilla FC) 10 x 2 = 20
Van’Derley’ Dias Marinho (SC Maritimo) 10 x 2 = 20
‘Roberto Firmino’ Barbosa de Oliveira (TSG Hoffenheim 1899) 10 x 2 = 20
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 10 x 2 = 20
Stefan Kiessling (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) 10 x 2 = 20
Páll Klettskard (KÍ) 20 x 1 = 20
Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburger SV) 10 x 2 = 20
Fernando Llorente (Juventus) 10 x 2 = 20
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) 10 x 2 = 20
‘Raffael’ Caetano de Araújo (Borussia Mönchengladbach) 10 x 2 = 20
Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla) 10 x 2 = 20
Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) 10 x 2 = 20
David Villa (Atlético Madrid) 10 x 2 = 20
Standings last updated 17/02/2014

 

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.