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No change at the top of the ESM Golden Shoe standings this week as Lionel Messi continues his recovery from injury, while his closest challenger, Cristiano Ronaldo, enjoyed a rare blank in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Real Betis.

Elsewhere in the top ten, though, there were goals aplenty as Europe’s finest enjoyed a prolific weekend.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling led the way with a hat-trick against Hoffenheim, which earned the striker a place in the top ten for the first time this season.

There were also goals for Porto’s Jackson Martinez (2), Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.

POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS

1. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 42 x 2 = 84
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 31 x 2 = 62
3. Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid) 25 x 2 = 50
Jackson Martinez (FC Porto) 25 x 2 = 50
5. Edinson Cavani (Napoli) 23 x 2 = 46
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) 23 x 2 = 46
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 23 x 2 = 46
8. Wilfried Bony (Vitesse) 30 x 1.5 = 45
9. Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen) 21 x 2 = 42
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) 21 x 2 = 42
11. Philipp Hosiner (Austria Vienna) 27 x 1.5 = 40.5
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) 27 x 1.5 = 40.5
13. Jonathan Soriano (Red Bull Salzburg) 25 x 1.5 = 37.5
14. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) 18 x 2 = 36
Alfred Finnbogason (Heerenveen) 24 x 1.5 = 36
Michael Higdon (Motherwell) 24 x 1.5 = 36
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) 18 x 2 = 36
Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla) 18 x 2 = 36
Graziano Pellè (Feyenoord) 24 x 1.5 = 36
20. Arturas Rimkevicius (FK Siauliai) 35 x 1 = 35
21. Miguel Pérez Cuesta ‘Michu’ (Swansea City) 17 x 2 = 34
Roberto Soldado (Valencia) 17 x 2 = 34
23. Eliran Atar (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 22 x 1.5 = 33
Carlos Bacca (Club Brugge) 22 x 1.5 = 33
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Shakhtar Donetsk) 22 x 1.5 = 33
26. Rubén Castro (Real Betis Sevilla) 16 x 2 = 32
Rodrigo Lima (Benfica) 16 x 2 = 32
Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan) 16 x 2 = 32
29. Jozy Altidore (AZ) 21 x 1.5 = 30.5
30. Demba Ba (Newcastle United/Chelsea) 15 x 2 = 30
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 15 x 2 = 30
Oscar Cardozo (Benfica) 15 x 2 = 30
German Gustavo Denis (Atalanta) 15 x 2 = 30
Rafik Djebbour (Olympiakos) 20 x 1.5 = 30
Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) 20 x 1.5 = 30
Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich) 15 x 2 = 30
Billy McKay (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) 20 x 1.5 = 30
38. Liam Boyce (Cliftonville) 29 x 1 = 29
39. Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray) 19 x 1.5 = 28.5
Kalu Uche (Kasimpasa SK) 19 x 1.5 = 28.5
41. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) 14 x 2 = 28
Erik Lamela (Roma) 14 x 2 = 28
Francisco Medina Luna ‘Piti’ (Rayo Vallecano) 14 x 2 = 28
44. Andreas Cornelius (FC Copenhagen) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Gary Hooper (Celtic) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) 18 x 1.5 = 27
Raul Rusescu (Steaua Bucharest) 18 x 1.5 = 27
48. Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao) 13 x 2 = 26
Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) 13 x 2 = 26
‘Éder’zito António Macedo Lopes (Sporting Braga) 13 x 2 = 26
Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid) 13 x 2 = 26
Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart) 13 x 2 = 26
Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion) 13 x 2 = 26
Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt) 13 x 2 = 26
Albert Meyong (Vitoria Setúbal) 13 x 2 = 26
Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) 13 x 2 = 26
Adám Szalai (Mainz) 13 x 2 = 26
Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad) 13 x 2 = 26
* There remains some dispute over Messi’s ‘goal’ against Athletic Bilbao on December 2, and until that has been clarified we have chosen to exclude it from his official tally.
** Standings last updated 22/04/2013

*** Rules

Only the leading four countries – Spain, Italy, Germany, 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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