‘Anything you can do I can do better’, might well be the mantra for Lionel Messi. After Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo scored a ten-minute hat-trick in his side’s 4-0 win over Getafe, the current World Player of the Year went one better by scoring 4 in Barcelona’s 5-1 rout of Osasuna.
That’s 33 from 21 games so far this season for the Argentinian, while his arch-rival Ronaldo has managed ‘just’ 21 in 20. Truly astonishing statistics from both players.
There was some movement behind the leading duo with Edinson Cavani’s brace for Napoli against Parma seeing him move level with fellow South American striker Radamel Falcao on 18 goals for the season.
The only other player in the top ten to add to his tally for the season was Stephan El Shaaraway, who scored his 15th goal of the campaign to hand Milan a 1-0 win at 10-man Atalanta
POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS
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.