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Can Ricardinho be caught in Golden Shoe race?

Ricardinho faces a nervous wait to see if he will win the adidas Golden Shoe for top scorer at UEFA Futsal EURO 2016 having gone two goals clear despite Portugal's elimination.

Ricardinho leads the way despite elimination
Ricardinho leads the way despite elimination ©Sportsfile

Ricardinho faces a nervous wait to see if he will win the adidas Golden Shoe for top scorer at UEFA Futsal EURO 2016.

The Portugal winger's two goals in the 6-2 quarter-final loss to Spain, including yet another outrageous strike, put him on six. That is two clear of four players, with Spain's Alex, who also struck twice in the last eight, now second with two assists, one ahead of Hungary's Zoltán Dróth, Spain's Mario Rivillos, Serbia's Mladen Kocić and Kazakhstan's Serik Zhamankulov.

Of those three, Dróth is out, but holds third place having played fewer games. However, Alex, Rivillos and Kocić, not to mention 2014 top scorer Eder Lima, who got a hat-trick for Russia against Azerbaijan, have two more games in which to add goals and overhaul Ricardinho. The Portugal No10 is also the overall top scorer for the competition including qualifying with 11 goals.

Current standings

Golden Shoe: Ricardinho (Portugal*) 6 goals, 0 assists (3 games)
Silver Shoe: Alex (Spain) 4 goals, 2 assists (3 games)
Bronze Shoe: Zoltán Dróth (Hungary*) 4 goals, 1 assist (2 games)

*Team eliminated

Ricardinho's stunning sixth

Selected contenders
Mario Rivillos (Spain) 4 goals, 1 assist (3 games)
Mladen Kocić (Serbia) 4 goals, 1 assist, 1 yellow card (3 games)
Serik Zhamankulov (Kazakhstan) 4 goals, 0 assists (3 games)
Miguelín (Spain) 3 goals, 2 assists (3 games)
Eder Lima (Russia) 3 goals, 1 assist (3 games)
Romulo (Russia) 3 goals, 1 assist (3 games)

Full statistics

The awards
The awards©Getty Images

Tie-break criteria
1) Higher number of assists:
• Player delivering the intentional pass, cross, header or shot leading to a goal
• Player shooting and ball rebounding from woodwork, goalkeeper or defender and entering the goal
• Player passing, shooting or crossing and leading to an own goal
• Only one assist per goal can be awarded
• No assist for player winning a penalty or a free-kick

2) Higher ratio of converted double (ten-metre) penalties
3) Higher ratio of converted (six-metre) penalties
4) Higher number of goals scored in fewer matches
5) Fair play record (red, yellow cards)

Eder Lima: 2014 winner
Eder Lima: 2014 winner©Sportsfile

Past final tournament top scorers
2014: Eder Lima (Russia) 8
2012: Torras (Spain)*, Dario Marinović (Croatia) 5
2010: Saad Assis (Italy), Biro Jade (Azerbaijan), Javi Rodríguez (Spain), Joel Queirós (Portugal) 5
2007: Cirilo (Russia), Daniel (Spain), Predrag Rajić (Serbia) 5
2005: Nando Grana (Italy) 6
2003: Serhiy Koridze (Ukraine) 7
2001: Serhiy Koridze (Ukraine) 7
1999: Konstantin Eremenko (Russia) 11
1996: Konstantin Eremenko (Russia) 8

*Torras won Golden Shoe on assists; prior to 2010 no tie-breaker used