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Another game another goal for Lionel Messi, who extends his lead at the top of the ESM Golden Shoe standings to 26 points. The Argentinian scored in his 12th consecutive La Liga game to help leaders Barcelona earn a 1-1 draw at Valencia, and take his personal tally for the campaign to 34 goals. 

Messi’s closest rival did find the back of the net, but unfortunately for Cristiano Ronaldo and his team, Real Madrid, it was at the wrong end as the Portuguese headed into his own net in the shock 1-0 defeat to Granada.

Elsewhere, it was a quiet weekend for many of this season’s big hitters, with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie, all drawing blanks. The biggest movement came from Jackson Martinez who surged into the top ten courtesy of a hat-trick in Porto’s 4-0 win over Guimaraes.

The only other player near the head of the standings to add to his tally for the season was the ever-reliable Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored once in PSG’s 4-0 rout of Toulouse, to move back into the top ten.

POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 34 x 2 = 68

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 21 x 2 = 42

3. Edinson Cavani (Napoli) 18 x 2 = 36

Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid) 18 x 2 = 36

Jackson Martinez (Porto) 18 x 2 = 36

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) 18 x 2 = 36

7. Arturas Rimkevicius (FK Siauliai) 35 x 1 = 35

8. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 17 x 2 = 34

9. Philipp Hosiner (Austria Vienna) 21 x 1.5 = 31.5

10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) 20 x 1.5 = 30

Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan) 15 x 2 = 30

12. Demba Ba (Newcastle United/Chelsea) 14 x 2 = 28

Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich) 14 x 2 = 28

Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) 14 x 2 = 28

15. Eliran Atar (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 18 x 1.5 = 27

Carlos Bacca (Club Brugge) 18 x 1.5 = 27

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Shakhtar Donetsk) 18 x 1.5 = 27

18. Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen) 13 x 2 = 26

Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) 13 x 2 = 26

Albert Meyong (Vitoria Setúbal) 13 x 2 = 26

Miguel Pérez Cuesta ‘Michu’ (Swansea City) 13 x 2 = 26

22. Billy McKay (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5

Raul Rusescu (Steaua Bucharest) 17 x 1.5 = 25.5

24. Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao) 12 x 2 = 24

Wilfried Bony (Vitesse) 16 x 1.5 = 24

Oscar Cardozo (Benfica) 12 x 2 = 24

Rubén Castro (Real Betis) 12 x 2 = 24

Rafik Djebbour (Olympiakos) 16 x 1.5 = 24

Ebrahim Sawaneh ‘Ibou’ (Oud-Heverlee Leuven) 16 x 1.5 = 24

Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt) 12 x 2 = 24

31. Waris Majeed Abdul (BK Häcken) 23 x 1 = 23

Vladislav Ivanov (JK Trans Narva) 23 x 1 = 23

33. Jozy Altidore (AZ) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5

Alfred Finnbogason (Heerenveen) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5

Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5

Michael Higdon (Motherwell) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5

Dieumerci Mbokani (Anderlecht) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5

Graziano Pellè (Feyenoord) 15 x 1.5 = 22.5

40. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) 11 x 2 = 22

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) 11 x 2 = 22

Rickie Lambert (Southampton) 11 x 2 = 22

Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich) 11 x 2 = 22

Tarmo Neemelo (Nomme Kalju) 22 x 1 = 22

Roberto Soldado (Valencia) 11 x 2 = 22

Adám Szalai (Mainz) 11 x 2 = 22

Gary Twigg (Shamrock Rovers) 22 x 1 = 22

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) 11 x 2 = 22

49. Andreas Cornelius (FC Copenhagen) 14 x 1.5 = 21

Aron Jóhannsson (Aarhus) 14 x 1.5 = 21

‘Rafael’ Pompeu Ledesma (FK Suduva) 21 x 1 = 21

Jonathan Soriano (Red Bull Salzburg) 14 x 1.5 = 21

Jelle Vossen (Genk) 14 x 1.5 = 21

* Standings last updated 04/02/2013

**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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