It was a dry weekend for many of the contenders in the ESM Golden Shoe rankings, including Lionel Messi, who remains four points clear at the top of the standings.
Unlike closest rival Cristiano Ronaldo − who was rested ahead of Real Madrid CF's UEFA Champions League semi-final decider against Messi's FC Barcelona − the Argentina striker was in action at the weekend in a 2-1 defeat by Real Sociedad de Fútbol.
While Mario Gomez strengthened his position in fifth with a goal in FC Bayern München's 4-1 defeat of FC Schalke 04, his 24th in the top flight this season, the most significant move was made by Papiss Demba Cissé. The SC Freiburg forward, up two places to sixth, registered both his team's goals in a 2-0 success at Hamburger SV and now trails Gomez by two at the top of the Bundesliga scorers' chart.
Kevin Gameiro, meanwhile, is into the top ten thanks to a two-goal weekend haul against RC Lens. The FC Lorient man replaces Kenny Miller, who has not scored in three matches.
ESM Golden Shoe standings: 2 May
1. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 31 x 2 = 62
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF) 29 x 2 = 58
3. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese Calcio) 26 x 2 = 52
Edinson Cavani (SSC Napoli) 26 x 2 = 52
5. Mario Gomez (FC Bayern München) 24 x 2 = 48
6. Papiss Demba Cissé (SC Freiburg) 22 x 2 = 44
7. Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United FC) 21 x 2 = 42
Moussa Sow (LOSC Lille Métropole) 21 x 2 = 42
9. Samuel Eto'o (FC Internazionale Milano) 20 x 2 = 40
Kevin Gameiro (FC Lorient) 20 x 2 = 40
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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