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Brazilians to the fore

Published: Monday 29 March 2004, 8.37CET
Ronaldo and Ailton both scored twice at the weekend and are now level at the top of the ESM Golden Shoe rankings.

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Published: Monday 29 March 2004, 8.37CET

Brazilians to the fore

Ronaldo and Ailton both scored twice at the weekend and are now level at the top of the ESM Golden Shoe rankings.
The quest to find Europe's most prolific striker has taken on a decidedly Brazilian feel after Ronaldo and Ailton both scored twice at the weekend to leapfrog Ara Hakobyan in the ESM Golden Shoe rankings.

Hakobyan overhauled
Hakobyan, who scored 45 goals for FC Banants in the 2003 Armenian Premier League, had led the way from the start of the season until he was overhauled by the South American duo on Sunday. Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid CF defeated Sevilla FC 5-1 while Ailton's double came in SV Werder Bremen's stunning 4-4 draw with VfB Stuttgart.

Former winners
Thierry Henry's swirling drive for Arsenal FC against Manchester United FC kept him in contention, while former Golden Shoe winners Roy Makaay and Henrik Larsson found the net for FC Bayern München and Celtic FC respectively to maintain their chances of retaining the trophy at the end of the season.

Pos Name Club (Country) Gls Val Pts
1 Ronaldo Real Madrid CF (ESP) 24 2 48
1 Ailton SV Werder Bremen (GER) 24 2 48
3 Ara Hakobyan FC Banants (ARM) 45 1 45
4 Thierry Henry Arsenal FC (ENG) 22 2 44
5 Djibril Cissé AJ Auxerre (FRA) 20 2 40
5 Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan (ITA) 20 2 40
7 Henrik Larsson Celtic FC (SCO) 26 1.5 39
7 Tor Henning Hamre FC Flora (EST) 39 1 39
9 Roy Makaay FC Bayern München (GER) 19 2 38
9 Alan Shearer Newcastle United FC (ENG) 19 2 38
11 Ruud van Nistelrooij Manchester United FC (ENG) 18 2 36
11 Louis Saha Fulham FC/Manchester United FC (ENG) 18 2 36
11 Didier Drogba Olympique de Marseille (FRA) 18 2 36
11 Viktors Dobrecovs FHK Liepajas Metalurgs (LAT) 36 1 36
15 Luigi Pieroni R. Excelsior Mouscron (BEL) 23 1.5 34.5
16 Mista Valencia CF (ESP) 17 2 34
16 Salva Málaga CF (ESP) 17 2 34
18 Roland Kollmann Grazer AK (AUT) 22 1.5 33
19 Martin Max FC Hansa Rostock (GER) 16 2 32
19 Mikael Forssell Birmingham City FC (ENG) 16 2 32

Last updated: 29 March 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 the 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

Last updated: 29/03/04 11.33CET

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