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Henry edges closer to title

Published: Monday 17 May 2004, 10.19CET
Ailton needs a hat-trick on the final day in Germany to wrest the ESM Golden Shoe crown from Thierry Henry.

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Published: Monday 17 May 2004, 10.19CET

Henry edges closer to title

Ailton needs a hat-trick on the final day in Germany to wrest the ESM Golden Shoe crown from Thierry Henry.
Arsenal FC striker Thierry Henry scored on the final day of the Premiership season to improve his chances of being crowned Europe's top marksman.

Four-point gap
The France striker struck the winner in Arsenal's 2-1 victory against Leicester City FC to make it 30 goals for the champions and 60 points in the ESM Golden Shoe standings. His nearest challenger remains Ailton of SV Werder Bremen, who scored his 28th of the season in the 6-2 defeat by Bayer 04 Leverkusen to remain four points adrift.

Three goals required
Ailton must score at least a hat-trick in Bremen's final Bundesliga match at SC Hansa Rostock next Saturday to take top spot from Henry. The only other challenger is AJ Auxerre's Djibril Cissé. However, the Frenchman needs four goals in Auxerre's final Ligue 1 match at OGC Nice on Sunday just to finish level with compatriot Henry.

Pos

Name Club (Country) Gls Val Pts
1 Thierry Henry Arsenal FC (ENG) 30 2 60
2 Ailton SV Werder Bremen (GER) 28 2 56
3 Djibril Cissé AJ Auxerre (FRA) 26 2 52
4 Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan (ITA) 24 2 48
4 Ronaldo Real Madrid CF (ESP) 24 2 48
6 Mateja Kezman PSV Eindhoven (HOL) 31 1.5 46.5
7 Roy Makaay FC Bayern München (GER) 23 2 46
7 Alberto Gilardino Parma AC (ITA) 23 2 46
9 Ara Hakobyan FC Banants (ARM) 45 1 45
9 Henrik Larsson Celtic FC (SCO) 30 1.5 45
11 Alan Shearer Newcastle United FC (ENG) 22 2 44
12 Luigi Pieroni R. Excelsior Mouscron (BEL) 28 1.5 42
13 Ruud van Nistelrooij Manchester United FC (ENG) 20 2 40
13 Martin Max FC Hansa Rostock (GER) 20 2 40
13 Francesco Totti AS Roma (ITA) 20 2 40
13 Louis Saha Fulham FC/Manchester United FC (ENG) 20 2 40
17 Tor Henning Hamre FC Flora (EST) 39 1 39
19 Roland Kollman Grazer AK (AUT) 26 1.5 39
19 Julio Baptista Sevilla FC (ESP) 19 2 38
19 Javier Chevanton US Lecce (ITA) 18 2 38
19 Mista Valencia CF (ESP) 19 2 38
22 Martin Kamburov PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv (BUL) 25 1.5 37.5
22 Zafer Biryol Konyaspor (TUR) 25 1.5 37.5
24 Raúl Tamudo RCD Espanyol (ESP) 18 2 36
24 Pierre van Hooijdonk Fenerbahçe SK (TUR) 24 1.5 36
24 Salva Málaga CF (ESP) 18 2 36
24 Viktors Dobrecovs FHK Liepajas Metalurgs (LAT) 36 1 36
24 Mikael Forssell Birmingham City FC (ENG) 18 2 36
24 Didier Drogba Olympique de Marseille (FRA) 18 2 36

Last updated: 17 May 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

Last updated: 17/05/04 10.51CET

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