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The Brazil-born attacker took his tally for the season up to 15 goals after netting against Elche, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski have entered the top 10

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has moved to within two goals of Cristiano Ronaldo in the European Golden Shoe rankings following his goal in Atleti's 2-0 Liga win over Elche at the weekend.

The Portugal international did not feature in Real Madrid's victory over Valladolid as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.

Borussia Dortmund attacker Robert Lewandowski netted twice from the spot in the Bundesliga giants' 3-1 away win over Mainz on Saturday to take his tally for the season to 11 - which sees him enter the top 10.

Another fresh face in the top 10 is that of Paris Saint-Germain hitman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who also converted two penalties in the 4-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais to continue his impressive form this campaign.

Rank

Player          

Country

Club

League

Weight

Goals

Points

1

C. Ronaldo

POR

Real Madrid

ESP

2

17 34

2

Diego Costa

ESP

Atletico Madrid

ESP

2

15 (+1)

30

3

Nerijus Valskis *

LTU

Suduva

LTU

1

27

27

4

Frode Johnson *

NOR

Odds

NOR

1.5 16 24

5

Vladimir Voskoboinikov *

EST

Kalju Nomme

EST

1

23

23

6

Abderrazak Hamdallah *

MOR

Aalesund

NOR

1.5

15

22.5

7

Giuseppe Rossi

ITA

Fiorentina

 ITA

2

11

22

=

Robert Lewandowski

POL

Borussia Dortmund

GER

2

11 (+2)

22

=

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

SWE

Paris Saint-Germain

FRA

2

11 (+2)

22

=

Rimo Hunt *

EST

 Levadia Tallinn EST

1

22

22


* = league season finished


History & How It Works

Players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Diego Forlan have won the European Golden Shoe in the past few seasons, with the Argentina international as the latest winner of the award following his 46 goals in 2012-13.

Other noteworthy winners include the likes of Francesco Totti, Luca Toni, Ronaldo, Marco van Basten, Eusebio and Gerd Muller.

The weightings are determined by the league's ranking on the Uefa coefficients, which in turn depend on the results of each league's clubs in European competition over the previous five seasons. Goals scored in the top five leagues according to the Uefa coefficients are multiplied by a factor of two, and goals scored in the leagues ranked six to 21 are multiplied by 1.5. Goals in all other leagues are all worth one single point.

This measure has prevented players from so-called weaker leagues from winning the European Golden Shoe, since a goal scored in, for example, Armenia, Estonia or Azerbaijan, carries less weight than a goal scored in Serie A, La Liga, the Bundesliga or the Premier League.

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