Seven goals in two games have taken Lionel Messi clear at the top of the ESM Golden shoe rankings. The outrageous burst of scoring from the Barcelona forward has taken him to an astonishing 50 league goals for the season, five clear of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi scored all the goals in his side’s 4-0 win over Espanyol – a fitting farewell gift to departing coach Pep Guardiola, who was in charge for the final time at Camp Nou. Ronaldo, who has scored 45 this season, five more than the record he set last season’s for the most goals in a league season in Spain, and yet he finds himself trailing the remarkable Messi by five goals.
Elsewhere in the top ten, there were two goals apiece for Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, while Heerenveen’s Bas Dost makes his first appearance in the upper echelons after scoring in back-to-back games.
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.