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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Ronaldo catches Suarez in European Golden Shoe race

Ronaldo catches Suarez in European Golden Shoe race


Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has drawn on level terms with Liverpool's Luis Suarez in the race for the European Golden Shoe following his goal in the Blancos' 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday.

Suarez was unable to add to his tally as Liverpool were not in action in the Premier League this weekend, with his team-mate Daniel Sturridge - currently sitting fourth - in the same situation.

Elsewhere, third-placed Diego Costa failed to find the net in Atletico's 2-0 win against Celta de Vigo and remains on 21 goals this term.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alfred Finnbogason and Jonatan Soriano are all on 34.5 points after a successful weekend in which the former two each netted once and the latter got a double.

Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic is the only new name in the top 10 after finding the net twice in his side's 6-1 thrashing of Wolfsburg.


Rank
Player          
Country
Club
League
Weight
Goals
Points
1
Luis Suarez
URU
Liverpool ENG
2
24
48
=
POR
ESP
2
24 (+1) 48
3
ESP
ESP
2
21
42
4
Daniel Sturridge ENG Liverpool
ENG
2
18
36
5
Z. Ibrahimovic
SWE
FRA
1.5
23 (+1)
34.5
=
A. Finnbogason
ISL
Heerenveen
NED
1.5
23 (+1)
34.5
=
J. Soriano ESP  Salzburg AUT
1.5
23 (+2)
34.5
8
Alexis Sanchez
CHI
Barcelona
ESP
2
16
32
9
Mario Mandzukic
CRO
Bayern Munich GER
2
16 (+2)
32
10
Alan
BRA
Salzburg
AUT
1.5
21
31.5

* = 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 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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