Suarez ahead of Ronaldo in European Golden Shoe race

Published March 3rd, 2014 - 04:14 GMT
Suarez ahead of Ronaldo in European Golden Shoe race
Suarez ahead of Ronaldo in European Golden Shoe race

Luis Suarez remains top of the European Golden Shoe standings following his strike in Liverpool's 3-0 away win over Southampton at the weekend.

He now holds a one-goal lead over Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, who also scored once to help his side to a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid and has now scored 23 times in La Liga this term.

Elsewhere, Alfred Finnbogason returned to the top five as he helped Heerenveen to a 2-1 away win over Heracles with his second-half winner.

Seventh-placed Alexis Sanchez scored once in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Almeria, while his team-mate Lionel Messi also found the net on Sunday and entered the top 10 for the first time this season.

Furthermore, Jonathan Soriano netted a hat-trick in Red Bull Salzburg's victory over Rapid Vienna to join his team-mate Alan on 21 goals in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Finally, Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema, Carlos Tevez and Graziano Pelle all enjoyed a successful week as well and all sit on 30 points.

Rank

Player          

Country

Club

League

Weight

Goals

Points

1

Luis Suarez

URU

Liverpool ENG

2

24 (+1)

48

2

C. Ronaldo

POR

Real Madrid

ESP

2

23 (+1)46

3

Diego Costa

ESP

Atletico Madrid

ESP

2

21

42

4

Daniel Sturridge ENGLiverpool

ENG

2

18

36

5

Z. Ibrahimovic

SWE

PSG

FRA

1.5

22

33

=

A. Finnbogason

ISL

Heerenveen

NED

1.5

22 (+1)

33

7

Alexis Sanchez

CHI

Barcelona

ESP

2

16 (+1)

32

8

Alan

BRA

Salzburg

AUT

1.5

21

31.5

=

J. Soriano ESP Salzburg AUT

1.5

21 (+3)

31.5

10

Sergio Aguero

ARG

Man City ENG

2

15

30

=

A. Griezmann FRAReal Sociedad ESP

2

15

30

=

R. Lewandowski POLDortmund GER

2

15 (+1)

30

=

Karim Benzema FRA

Real Madrid

ESP

2

15 (+1)

30

=

Lionel Messi ARGBarcelona ESP

2

15 (+1)

30

=

Carlos Tevez ARGJuventus ITA

2

15 (+1

30

=

Graziano Pelle ITAFeyenoord NED

1.5

20 (+1)

30

* = league season finished

History & How It Works

Players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Diego Forlan have won the European Golden Shoe in the past few seasons, with the Argentina international as the latest winner of the award following his 46 goals in 2012-13.

Other noteworthy winners include the likes of Francesco Totti, Luca Toni, Ronaldo, Marco van Basten, Eusebio and Gerd Muller.

The weightings are determined by the league's ranking on the Uefa coefficients, which in turn depend on the results of each league's clubs in European competition over the previous five seasons. Goals scored in the top five leagues according to the Uefa coefficients are multiplied by a factor of two, and goals scored in the leagues ranked six to 21 are multiplied by 1.5. Goals in all other leagues are worth one single point.

This measure has prevented players from so-called weaker leagues from winning the European Golden Shoe, since a goal scored in, for example, Armenia, Estonia or Azerbaijan, carries less weight than a goal scored in Serie A, La Liga, the Bundesliga or the Premier League.


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