Uruguayan moves clear, but watch out for Lionel Messi who is making a late surge to become Europe's leading goalscorer.
A busy weekend in the upper reaches of the ESM Golden Shoe, with a remarkable nine out of the top ten goalscorers on target, and among them, three players managed a hat-trick.
Top of the tree is Liverpool’s Luis Suarez whose hat-trick in Liverpool’s 6-3 win at Cardiff City takes his tally for the season to 28. The Uruguayan now leads by four points from Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored in Sunday’s clasico, but was eclipsed by arch-rival Lionel Messi, who hit three to give Barcelona a memorable 4-3 win.
Sandwiched between Ronaldo and Messi is Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, who maintained his rich vein of form by scoring in his side’s 2-0 win over Real Betis. The Spanish international currently occupies third sport in the standings but must be aware that Messi, with back-to-back hat-tricks, is closing the gap fast.
Elsewhere, there were goals for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, Red Bull Salzburg duo Jonatan Soriano and Alan (the latter a hat-trick), Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic, Heerenveen’s Alfred Finnbogason, and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, who scored twice, and enters the top ten for the first time this season.
POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS
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.