Lionel Messi was once again on target for Barcelona, scoring the winner in the 2-1 win over Sevilla, to take his tally for the season to 37.

The Argentinian also extended his scoring run to 15 league games and with Cristiano Ronaldo drawing a rare blank for Real Madrid, Messi’s lead at the top of the ESM Golden Shoe rankings currently stands at an impregnable-looking 26 points (13 goals).

Elsewhere, there were goals for several other strikers in the top ten, with Radamel Falcao, Jackson Martinez (two), and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all scoring for Atletico Madrid, Porto and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.

POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 37 x 2 = 74
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 24 x 2 = 48
3. Jackson Martinez (FC Porto) 22 x 2 = 44
4. Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid) 21 x 2 = 42
5. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) 19 x 2 = 38
6. Edinson Cavani (Napoli) 18 x 2 = 36
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 18 x 2 = 36
8. Arturas Rimkevicius (FK Siauliai) 35 x 1 = 35
9. Philipp Hosiner (Austria Vienna) 23 x 1.5 = 34.5
10. Wilfried Bony (Vitesse) 22 x 1.5 = 33
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) 22 x 1.5 = 33
12. Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan) 16 x 2 = 32
13. Eliran Atar (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 21 x 1.5 = 31.5
14. Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen) 15 x 2 = 30
Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich) 15 x 2 = 30
Miguel Pérez Cuesta ‘Michu’ (Swansea City) 15 x 2 = 30
17. Carlos Bacca (Club Brugge) 19 x 1.5 = 28.5
18. Demba Ba (Newcastle United/Chelsea) 14 x 2 = 28
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) 14 x 2 = 28
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) 14 x 2 = 28
21. Rafik Djebbour (Olympiakos) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Billy McKay (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Shakhtar Donetsk) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Graziano Pellè (Feyenoord) 18 x 1.5 = 27
26. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) 13 x 2 = 26
Oscar Cardozo (Benfica) 13 x 2 = 26
‘Éder’zito António Macedo Lopes (Sporting Braga) 13 x 2 = 26
Albert Meyong (Vitoria Setúbal) 13 x 2 = 26
30. Alfred Finnbogason (Heerenveen) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5
Michael Higdon (Motherwell) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5
Ebrahim Sawaneh ‘Ibou’ (Oud-Heverlee Leuven) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5
Dieumerci Mbokani (Anderlecht) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5
Raul Rusescu (Steaua Bucharest) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5
35. Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao) 12 x 2 = 24
Jozy Altidore (AZ) 16 x 1.5 = 24
Rubén Castro (Real Betis) 12 x 2 = 24
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) 12 x 2 = 24
Rickie Lambert (Southampton) 12 x 2 = 24
Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion) 12 x 2 = 24
Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) 16 x 1.5 = 24
Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt) 12 x 2 = 24
Roberto Soldado (Valencia) 12 x 2 = 24
Adám Szalai (Mainz) 12 x 2 = 24
Jelle Vossen (Genk) 16 x 1.5 = 24
46. Waris Majeed Abdul (BK Häcken) 23 x 1 = 23
Vladislav Ivanov (JK Trans Narva) 23 x 1 = 23
48. Jonathan Soriana (Red Bull Salzburg) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5
49. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 11 x 2 = 22
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) 11 x 2 = 22
Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina) 11 x 2 = 22
Erik Lamela (Roma) 11 x 2 = 22
Frank Lampard (Chelsea) 11 x 2 = 22
Rodrigo Lima (Benfica) 11 x 2 = 22
Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich) 11 x 2 = 22
Tarmo Neemelo (Nomme Kalju) 22 x 1 = 22
Nils Petersen (Werder Bremen) 11 x 2 = 22
Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) 11 x 2 = 22
Marco Sau (Cagliari) 11 x 2 = 22
Gary Twigg (Shamrock Rovers) 22 x 1 = 22
Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad) 11 x 2 = 22
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) 11 x 2 = 22
* Standings last updated 25/02/2013

**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.

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