With just two months remaining of club football in Europe’s major leagues, the race for the 2011/12 European Golden Shoe is growing tighter by the week.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who claimed the award in 2010 and 2011 respectively, lead the way again and it is the Real Madrid forward who has edged in front of his Argentinian rival, currently sitting two goals and four points clear.
The award is judged on a points system, with goals scored in the top flights of England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain multiplied by 2.0, while leagues ranked lower by UEFA’s coefficient list have strikes factored by 1.5 or 1.0.
Arsenal’s Robin van Persie is currently ranked third behind the front pair, with 26 goals and 52 points, while surprise names such as Aleksandrs Cekulajevs of Estonian club Narva Trans and Trabzonspor’s Burak Yilmaz join familiar stars Mario Gomez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney among the top ten.
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