Vincenzo Montella moved into the top ten of the ESM Golden Shoe standings this weekend as holder Thierry Henry was all but confirmed as the Christmas leader.
Montella struck in AS Roma's emphatic 5-1 win against Parma FC on Sunday to join Samuel Eto'o on 24 points. Henry did not score for Arsenal FC against Portsmouth FC, but will only be deprived of his current outright lead before Christmas if Eto'o strikes a hat-trick in FC Barcelona's meeting with UD Levante on Tuesday. Henry will then be able to respond in England's busy holiday programme of four matches in a fortnight.
Tekke climb continues
Meanwhile, Trabzonspor's Fatih Tekke has continued his surge up the rankings. Having moved up from 53rd to 21st place a week ago with a hat-trick against Samsunspor, he opened the scoring on Saturday in a 1-1 draw with Istanbulspor and now lies in joint-12th.
Last updated: 20 December 2004
Only the leading five countries (Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England) on the UEFA Ranking have two as their multiplier. This is to emphasise the difference in international performance level between clubs from those countries and those from the other countries.
A player cannot first play in a summer league (eg Norway) and then in a winter league (eg Spain) and combine the points total for each season.
Figures from Voetbal International
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