thumbnail Hello,

The Argentine record-breaker struck twice at the weekend to take himself two points clear of his Portuguese rival in the race to become Europe's top scorer this campaign

Lionel Messi scored two goals as Barcelona came from behind to win 4-1 away at Zaragoza on Saturday. His brace allowed him to go two points clear of Cristiano Ronaldo in the European Golden Shoe standings.

The Portuguese superstar failed to net as Real Madrid drew 0-0 with Valencia on Sunday, which means their lead at the top of the Liga standings has been cut to four points.

In third place, Robin van Persie was kept quiet as his Arsenal side beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Emirates.

In the Bundesliga, Mario Gomez grabbed both goals as Bayern Munich won 2-1 at home to Augsburg, and Klass-Jan Huntelaar scored his side's third in a routine win as Schalke beat Hannover 3-0.

Burak Yilmaz failed to net as his Trabzonspor side drew 0-0 with Orduspor on Sunday. But in Italy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed a penalty in AC Milan's 2-1 loss against Fiorentina to move level on points with Aleksandr Cekulajevs.

Wayen Rooney also scored from the spot as Manchester United beat QPR 2-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, but in 10th place, Seydou Doumbia failed to get on the score sheet as CSKA Moscow drew 0-0 with Anzhi. He now holds a slender half-a-point advantage over 11th placed Antonio Di Natale, Radamel Falcao and Gonzalo Higuain.


Rank

Player          

Country

Club

League

Weight

Goals

Points

1

L. Messi

ARG

Barcelona

ESP

2

38

76

2

C. Ronaldo

POR

Real Madrid

ESP

2

37

74

3

R. V Persie

NED

Arsenal

ENG

2

26

52

4

M. Gomez

GER

Bayern

GER

2

25

50

5

K. Huntelaar

NED

Schalke

GER

2

24

48

=

B. Yilmaz

TUR

Trabzonspor

TUR

1.5

32

48

7

A Cekulajevs

LVA

Trans*

EST

1

46

46

=

Ibrahimovic

SWE

AC Milan

ITA

2

23

46

9

W. Rooney

ENG

Man Utd

ENG

2

22

44

 10

S. Doumbia

CIV

CSKA

RUS

1.5

27

40.5

* = league season finished

History & How It Works

In 1967-68, French football magazine L'Equipe opted to hand out an award to the top goalscorer in all European leagues for his good performances during the season. Between 1968 and 1991, high profile names such as Eusebio, Gerd Muller, Ian Rush and Marco van Basten won the coveted trophy.

However, the gap between big and small leagues started to grow in the early 90s and L'Equipe decided to make the competition unofficial after the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) issued a protest in 1991. Darko Pancev won the award that season with 34 goals, but the CFA claimed that a player had scored 40 goals in Cyprus that term.

Adidas, sponsor of the awards, still handed out the trophy until 1996 before European Sports Magazine (with L'Equipe as a member) decided to make the title official again. ESM divided all European leagues in three groups according to strength, and attached to each group a quotient by which the number of goals is multiplied to obtain the player's rating. The European Golden Shoe was thus no longer necessarily handed to the top goalscorer, but to the player with the most points.

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.

Players such as Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Forlan and Lionel Messi have won the European Golden Shoe in the past few seasons.

How do you stay up to date with football when on the move? With http://m.goal.com – your best source for mobile coverage of the beautiful game.

Related

From the web