The race to top the ESM Golden Shoe standings still looks look a two-horse race despite the likes of Wayne Rooney and Mario Gomez enhancing their claims this weekend.
Gomez made the most notable charge with a hat-trick in FC Bayern München's 7-1 triumph over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, but the Germany striker remains 11 goals, and 22 points, off the scintillating pace set my Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese international scored two more goals on Saturday as José Mourinho celebrated his 100th game in charge of Real Madrid CF with a 3-2 win against Real Betis Balompié. Ronaldo is now just eight goals shy of the unprecedented 40 Liga goals he struck last term.
It is little surprise that Lionel Messi remains his closest challenger, just two goals adrift, having also registered twice as FC Barcelona beat Real Racing Club 2-0 on Sunday. Robin van Persie, Aleksandrs Čekulajevs and Burak Yılmaz lie third, fourth and fifth respectively having not been in action this weekend, with Gomez sixth and Rooney seventh following a double of his own against West Bromwich Albion FC.
ESM Golden Shoe standings: 12 March 2012
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF) 32 x 2 = 64
2. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 30 x 2 = 60
3. Robin van Persie (Arsenal FC) 25 x 2 = 50
4. Aleksandrs Čekulajevs (JK Trans Narva) 46 x 1 = 46
5. Burak Yılmaz (Trabzonspor AŞ) 30 x 1.5 = 45
6. Mario Gomez (FC Bayern München) 21 x 2 = 42
7. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United FC) 20 x 2 = 40
8= Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (FC Schalke 04) 19 x 2 = 38
8= Zlatan Ibrahimović (AC Milan) 19 x 2 = 38
10. Seydou Doumbia (PFC CSKA Moscow) 25 x 1.5 = 37.5
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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