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No change at the top of the ESM Golden Shoe rankings this week, with the leading duo both on target again.

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo stays at the top of the standings after scoring the only goal of the game (an audacious backheel) in his side’s 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano. That’s 29 for the season for the prolific Portuguese forward.

Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Lionel Messi, scored the decisive goal for Barcelona in their 2-1 away victory at Atletico Madrid. Quick thinking by the Argentinian caught the Atletico keeper unaware and enabled Barcelona to stay in touch with league leaders Madrid.

Among the trailing pack, Robin van Persie, who is enjoying an annus mirabilis for Arsenal, scored again to take his tally for the season to 23.

POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 29 x 2 = 58
2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 28 x 2 = 56
3. Aleksandrs Cekulajevs (JK Trans Narva) 46 x 1 = 46
Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 23 x 2 = 46
5. Burak Yilmaz (Trabzonspor) 29 x 1.5 = 43.5
6. Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow) 24 x 1.5 = 36
Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) 18 x 2 = 36
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04) 18 x 2 = 36
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) 18 x 2 = 36
10. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 17 x 2 = 34
11. Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero (Manchester City) 16 x 2 = 32
Demba Ba (Newcastle United) 16 x 2 = 32
Olivier Giroud (Montpellier) 16 x 2 = 32
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) 16 x 2 = 32
15. Edinson Cavani (Napoli) 15 x 2 = 30
Gérman Gustavo Denis (Atalanta) 15 x 2 = 30
Bas Dost (Heerenveen) 20 x 1.5 = 30
Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid) 15 x 2 = 30
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan) 15 x 2 = 30
Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen) 15 x 2 = 30
Lukas Podolski (Cologne) 15 x 2 = 30
22. Luuk de Jong (FC Twente) 19 x 1.5 = 28.5
David Lafata (FK Jablonec) 19 x 1.5 = 28.5
24. Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid) 14 x 2 = 28
Rodrigo Palacio (Genoa) 14 x 2 = 28
26. John Guidetti (Feyenoord) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Jérémy Perbet (Mons) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Artjoms Rudnevs (Lech Poznán) 18 x 1.5 = 27
29. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 13 x 2 = 26
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) 13 x 2 = 26
Martin Harnik (Stuttgart) 13 x 2 = 26
Marco Reus (Borussia Mönchengladbach) 13 x 2 = 26
Aiyegbeni Yakubu (Blackburn Rovers) 13 x 2 = 26
34. Mostafa Abdellaoue (Tromsö IL) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5
35. Ole Martin Arst (Start Kristiansand) 16 x 1.5 = 24
Gary Hooper (Celtic) 16 x 1.5 = 24
Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina) 12 x 2 = 24
Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Zenit St.Petersburg) 16 x 1.5 = 24
Miroslav Klose (Lazio) 12 x 2 = 24
Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao) 12 x 2 = 24
Sanharib Malki (Roda JCKerkrade) 16 x 1.5 = 24
Diego Milito (Internazionale) 12 x 2 = 24
Anderson Luiz de Carvalho ‘Nenê‘ (Paris Saint-Germain) 12 x 2 = 24
Rade Prica (Rosenborg) 16 x 1.5 = 24
Roberto Soldado (Valencia) 12 x 2 = 24

* Standings last updated 27/02/2012
**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.

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