Leicester duo in the top ten, but Borussia Dortmund striker leads the way.

Little change in the upper reaches of the ESM Golden Shoe standings, with Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang retaining top spot, despite not scoring in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Cologne.

The biggest mover in the top ten was Gonzalo Higuain who scored twice in Napoli’s 3-1 away win at Atalanta. That brace took the Argentinian to 14 goals for the season and edged him ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, whose early glut of goals has slowed to a trickle in recent weeks.

One name to look out for is the holder of the ESM Golden Shoe, Cristiano Ronaldo, who after a relatively quiet start to the season, had begun to find his range. Two goals in Real Madrid’s 10-2 victory over Rayop Vallecano, took the prolific Portuguese to 12 for the season.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez

Dunamic duo…goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have propelled Leicester City to the top of the Premier League.

Elsewhere, it is worth noting that one club provides two players in the top ten. That club being Premier League leaders Leicester City, for whom Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have scored 15 and 13 goals respectively.

POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS
1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) 18 x 2 = 36
2. Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warszawa) 22 x 1,5 = 33
‘Alex Teixeira‘ Santos (Shakhtar Donetsk) 22 x 1,5 = 33
4. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) 16 x 2 = 32
5. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) 15 x 2 = 30
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) 15 x 2 = 30
7. Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich) 14 x 2 = 28
‘Neymar’ da Silva Santos (Barcelona) 14 x 2 = 28
Tomas Radzinevicius (FK Süduva Marijampole) 28 x 1 = 28
10. ‘Jonas’ Goncalves (Benfica) 13 x 2 = 26
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 13 x 2 = 26
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) 13 x 2 = 26
Luis Suárez (Barcelona) 13 x 2 = 26
14. David Arshakyan (Trakai) 25 x 1 = 25
Richard Towell (Dundalk) 25 x 1 = 25
16. Imanol Agirretxe (Real Sociedad) 12 x 2 = 24
Fernando Cavenaghi (APOEL Nicosia) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Odion Ighalo (Watford) 12 x 2 = 24
‘Lucas’ Pérez (Deportivo La Coruña) 12 x 2 = 24
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 12 x 2 = 24
Ingemar Teever (Levadia Tallinn) 24 x 1 = 24
22. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Deniss Rakels (Cracovia Kraków) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Nikolai Yanush (Shakhtyor Saligorsk) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
25. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 11 x 2 = 22
Gerard Gohou (FC Kairat Almaty) 22 x 1 = 22
Javier Hernández (Bayer Leverkusen) 11 x 2 = 22
Alexander Søderlund (Rosenborg) 22 x 1 = 22
29. Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Emir Kujovic (Norrköping) 21 x 1 = 21
Klaemint Olsen (NSÍ Runavik) 21 x 1 = 21
Jonatan Soriano (Red Bull Salzburg) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Lukas Spalvis (Aalborg) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Eran Zahavi (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 14 x 1,5 = 21
35. Aritz Adúriz (Athletic Bilbao) 10 x 2 = 20
‘Eder’ Citadin (Sampdoria) 10 x 2 = 20
Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina) 10 x 2 = 20
Andrei Panyukov (tlantas Klaipeda) 20 x 1 = 20
Arturas Rimkevicius (Stumbras Kaunas) 20 x 1 = 20
40. Samuel Eto’o Fils (Antalyaspor) 13 x 1,5 = 19,5
Marc Janko (Basel) 13 x 1,5 = 19,5
Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord) 13 x 1,5 = 19,5
Ilija Nestorovski (Inter Zapresic) 13 x 1,5 = 19,5
44. Jaroslav Kvasov (Sillamäe Kalev) 19 x 1 = 19
45. Kostas Fortounis (Olympiakos) 12 x 1,5 = 18
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 9 x 2 = 18
Henok Goitom (AIK Solna) 18 x 1 = 18
Javi Guerra Rodríguez (Rayo Vallecano) 9 x 2 = 18
Ioan Hora (Pandurii Târgu Jiu) 12 x 1,5 = 18
Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin) 9 x 2 = 18
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 9 x 2 = 18

Standings last updated 21/12/2015

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.