None of the leading contenders for the race to become leading scorer in Europe were on target last weekend.
That means, with one round of matches to come, Cristiano Ronaldo is on course to win this season’s ESM Golden Shoe award.The Real Madrid striker is currently level with Luis Suarez on 31 goals for the season.
However, according to Santiago Siguero of Marca.com, a tiebreak will be used should two or more players end up on the same number of goals.
Siguero wrote: “According to ESM, Ronaldo has played three matches (30 versus 33) and 309 minutes less (2,655 versus 2,964) than Suárez in their respective leagues, the competition the award is based on. The Real Madrid scorer’s average per game is 1.03 goals, slightly above the Liverpool striker’s (0.93).”
Of course, with Suarez’s season now over, Ronaldo could settle the matter once and for all by scoring in Madrid’s final match of the season against Celta Vigo.
Three goals behind the leading duo is Lionel Messi, and the Barcelona forward will be involved in the most eagerly-awaited match of the day – Saturday’s title decider against Atletico Madrid, for whom Diego Costa (4th in the standings) will have an added incentive to hit the target.
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.