The latest from our team of correspondents around Europe
A good number of UEFA Champions League quarter-final contenders feature in the latest ESM Golden Shoe rankings:
1: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 38 x 2 = 76
2: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 34 x 2 = 68
3= Sergio Agüero (Manchester City FC) 19 x 2 = 38
3= Diego Costa (Chelsea FC) 19 x 2 = 38
3= Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur FC) 19 x 2 = 38
3= Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt) 19 x 2 = 38
7= Antoine Griezmann (Atlético) 18 x 2 = 36
7= Evgeni Kabaev (JK Sillamäe Kalev) 36 x 1 = 36
7= Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyonnais) 24 x 1.5 = 36
7= Neymar (Barcelona) 18 x 2 = 36
7= Jonatan Soriano (FC Salzburg) 24 x 1.5 = 36
7= Eran Zahavi (Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC) 24 x 1.5 = 36
13= Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers FC) 17 x 2 = 34
13= Carlos Bacca (Sevilla FC) 17 x 2 = 34
13= Jackson Martínez (Porto) 17 x 2 = 34
13= Arjen Robben (Bayern) 17 x 2 = 34
13= Carlos Tevez (Juventus) 17 x 2 = 34
18: Andrej Kramarić (HNK Rijeka/Leicester City FC) 21 x 1.5 + 1 x 2 = 33,5
19= Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano de Madrid) 16 x 2 = 32
19= Mauro Icardi (FC Internazionale Milano) 16 x 2 = 32
19= Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) 16 x 2 = 32
19= Jérémy Menez (AC Milan) 16 x 2 = 32
19= Igor Subbotin (FC Levadia Tallinn) 32 x 1 = 32
Lucas (pictured) returned following a groin injury to feature as a substitute in Paris's 4-0 League Cup final win against SC Bastia on Saturday, but Laurent Blanc still has two injuries to contend with as his side prepare for Barcelona. David Luiz (hamstring) should make way for Marquinhos at centre-back, though there is a slender chance that Thiago Motta (thigh) might play against his old side. Zlatan Ibrahimović, Marco Verratti and Serge Aurier are all suspended.
Paris defender Marquinhos (pictured) is undestandably wary of facing Barcelona's forwards this week, saying: "[Lionel] Messi, [Luis] Suárez, Neymar – for us, in central defence, it is going to be tough. But we have a great team. We have very, very good players who are able to turn the game on." Thiago Silva also knows what his side are up against, noting: "Their attacking trio's pressing is constant. For me, they are among the three best players in the world. Neymar is an unpredictable player."
Gianluigi Buffon shared his thoughts with sports newspaper L'Equipe this morning ahead of Tuesday's quarter-final first leg tie against Monaco. The Juventus goalkeeper - who turned 37 in January - is eager to face Les Rouge et Blanc and finally lift the one trophy which has eluded him so far. "I'm the kind of person who is always optimistic and I will not be amazed at all If I win it with this squad [this year]," Buffon told the French daily. "Probably a couple of teams are stronger than Juventus [this season] and winning the trophy would be incredible, but It's definitely not impossible."
The Italian international also confirmed his wish to play at top level as long as he can: "I don't want to close my career as a deputy of another keeper - I will try to be a first choice until the end and when I turn 40 probably I will come to terms with that first before hanging my boots."