Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo took advantage of Lionel Messi’s one-match suspension to extend his lead at the top of the ESM Golden Shoe rankings.

While the Barcelona forward enjoyed a rare weekend off, Ronaldo scored the opening goal in his side’s emphatic 5-0 win over Espanyol. That’s 30 for the season for the prolific Portuguese forward – more than 12 clubs have managed in the Spanish top division.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Robin van Persie closed the gap between himself and Messi, by scoring both goals in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool. The only other strikers to score in the top ten were Wayne Rooney, who has now scored 18 for Manchester United and Trabzonspor’s, Burak Yilmaz, who has now scored a remarkable 30 for the season.

POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 30 x 2 = 60
2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 28 x 2 = 56
3. Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 25 x 2 = 50
4. Aleksandrs Cekulajevs (JK Trans Narva) 46 x 1 = 46
5. Burak Yilmaz (Trabzonspor) 30 x 1.5 = 45
6. Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow) 24 x 1.5 = 36
Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) 18 x 2 = 36
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke) 18 x 2 = 36
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan) 18 x 2 = 36
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) 18 x 2 = 36
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 18 x 2 = 36
12. Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero (Manchester City) 16 x 2 = 32
Demba Ba (Newcastle United) 16 x 2 = 32
Edinson Cavani (Napoli) 16 x 2 = 32
Olivier Giroud (Montpellier) 16 x 2 = 32
Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid) 16 x 2 = 32
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) 16 x 2 = 32
Lukas Podolski (Cologne) 16 x 2 = 32
19. Jérémy Perbet (Mons) 21 x 1,5 = 31.5
20. Gérman Gustavo Denis (Atalanta Bergamo) 15 x 2 = 30
Bas Dost (sc Heerenveen) 20 x 1.5 = 30
Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid) 15 x 2 = 30
Luuk de Jong (FC Twente) 20 x 1.5 = 30
David Lafata (Jablonec) 20 x 1.5 = 30
Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen) 15 x 2 = 30
26. Martin Harnik (Stuttgart) 14 x 2 = 28
Rodrigo Palacio (Genoa) 14 x 2 = 28
28. John Guidetti (Feyenoord) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Zenit St.Petersburg) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Artjoms Rudnevs (Lech Poznán) 18 x 1.5 = 27
31. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 13 x 2 = 26
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) 13 x 2 = 26
‘Michu’ Miguel Pérez Cuesta (Rayo Vallecano) 13 x 2 = 26
Diego Milito (Internazionale) 13 x 2 = 26
Anderson Luiz de Carvalho ‘Nenê‘ (Paris Saint-Germain) 13 x 2 = 26
Marco Reus (Borussia Mönchengladbach) 13 x 2 = 26
Aiyegbeni Yakubu (Blackburn Rovers) 13 x 2 = 26
38. Mostafa Abdellaoue (Tromsö) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5
Sanharib Malki (Roda Kerkrade) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5

* Standings last updated 05/03/2012

**Rules

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.

  • Anwar

    I think Ronaldo really wants the Golden shoe this time