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Salzburg striker Marc Janko, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League, is the early front runner in the ESM Golden Shoe standings.

The towering 6ft 5in forward, who earlier this month was voted Austrian Player of the Year. has scored a stunning 30 goals from 20 appearances so far this season.

Several Premier League clubs have watched Janko in action, but the Austrian international recently revealed that he had a preference to join Tottenham.

“I definitely want to play in the Premier League,” he said. “Tottenham are certainly among my favourite clubs.”

Lying behind Janko in the rankings is Hoffenheim striker, Vedat Ibisevic, whose 18 goals have propelled the unheralded club to the top of the Bundesliga, while CSKA Moscow striker Wagner Love and Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o lie in joint third in the current standings.

The ESM Golden Shoe standings will be updated throughout the season with the results published weekly at worldsoccer.com

Current standings
Pos. Player Club (Country) Goals x Mlt. Points
1 Marc Janko Red Bull Salzburg (Oos) 30 x 1,5 45
2 Vedat Ibisevic 1899 Hoffenheim (Dui) 18 x 2 36
3 Vagner Love CSKA Moskou (Rus) 20 x 1,5 30
4 Samuel Eto’o Barcelona (Spa) 15 x 2 30
5 Stefan Maierhofer Rapid Wien (Oos) 19 x 1,5 28,5
6 Nicolas Anelka Chelsea (Eng) 14 x 2 28
7= David Villa Valencia (Spa) 12 x 2 24
7= Diego Milito Genoa (Ita) 12 x 2 24
7= Marco Di Vaio Bologna (Ita) 12 x 2 24
7= Alberto Gilardino Fiorentina (Ita) 12 x 2 24
7= Patrick Helmes Bayer Leverkusen (Dui) 12 x 2 24
7= Daniel Nannskog Stabaek IF (Noo) 16 x 1,5 24
13 Ingemar Teever JK Kalju (Est) 23 x 1 23
14 Kris Boyd Glasgow Rangers (Sch) 15 x 1,5 22,5
15= Grafite VfL Wolfsburg (Dui) 11 x 2 22
15= Nikita Andreev FC Levadia (Est) 22 x 1 22
17= Mounir El Hamdaoui AZ (Ned) 14 x 1,5 21
17= Erwin Hoffer Rapid Wien (Oos) 14 x 1,5 21
19= Gonzalo Higuain Real Madrid (Spa) 10 x 2 20
19= Diego Forlan Villarreal (Spa) 10 x 2 20
19= Lionel Messi Barcelona (Spa) 10 x 2 20
19= Zlatan Ibrahimovic Internazionale (Ita) 10 x 2 20
19= Amauri Juventus (Ita) 10 x 2 20
19= Claudio Pizarro Werder Bremen (Dui) 10 x 2 20
19= Milivoje Novakovic 1.FC Köln (Dui) 10 x 2 20
19= Guillaume Hoarau Paris Saint-Germain (Fra) 10 x 2 20
19= Fernando Cavenaghi Gir. Bordeaux (Fra) 10 x 2 20

Nb. Only the leading five countries (Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England) on the UEFA Ranking after the 2000-01 season have 2 as their mutiplier.

This is to emphasize the difference in (international) performance level between the clubs from those countries and those from the other countries.

Also, a player cannot first play in a summer league (like for example Norway) and then in a winter league (like for example Spain) and combine the points total for each season.

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