Cristiano Ronaldo made significant progress at the weekend in his bid to retain the ESM Golden Shoe, but he still requires a few more goals to overhaul an unfamiliar name at the top of the standings.
Ronaldo, winner of the award last season thanks to his unprecedented 40 goals in a Spanish Liga campaign, scored his fifth domestic hat-trick of 2011/12 in Real Madrid CF's 6-2 defeat of Sevilla FC on Saturday.
That lifted the Portugal forward above Lionel Messi and Seydou Doumbia and to within six points of JK Trans Narva striker Aleksandrs Čekulajevs, who has enjoyed a stunning year. The 25-year-old ended the 2011 Estonian First League − which finished in early November − with an incredible 46 goals in 35 appearances, a record for the division.
The only other player in the top ten to score at the weekend was Mario Gomez, on the mark in FC Bayern München's 3-0 victory against Lukas Podolski's 1. FC Köln.
ESM Golden Shoe standings: 19 December 2011
1. Aleksandrs Čekulajevs (JK Trans Narva) 46 x 1 = 46
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF) 20 x 2 = 40
3. Seydou Doumbia (PFC CSKA Moskva) 24 x 1.5 = 36
4. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 17 x 2 = 34
5. Mario Gomez (FC Bayern München) 16 x 2 = 32
6. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (FC Schalke 04) 15 x 2 = 30
Robin van Persie (Arsenal FC) 15 x 2 = 30
8. Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln) 14 x 2 = 28
9. Artjoms Rudņevs (Lech Poznán) 18 x 1.5 = 27
David Lafata (FK Jablonec) 18 x 27 = 27
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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