Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Suarez moves clear of Ronaldo in European Golden Shoe race

Suarez moves clear of Ronaldo in European Golden Shoe race Liverpool attacker Luis Suarez has taken a two-goal lead over Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the European Golden Shoe, but Lionel Messi's fine form for Barcelona in recent weeks has seen last year's winner storm into the top five.

Suarez netted a hat-trick in his side's 6-3 win over Cardiff at the weekend to take his tally for 2013-14 to 28 goals.

Elsewhere, Ronaldo scored once in Madrid's 4-3 defeat against Barcelona, while third-placed Diego Costa also found the net once as Atletico bagged the full three points against Betis.

Messi, meanwhile has climbed to fourth place following yet another hat-trick in Sunday's Clasico and the Argentine has now scored 21 times in La Liga.

Other notable performers this weekend were Red Bull Salzburg striker Alan, who scored a treble as his side were crowned Austrian champions and Madrid forward Karim Benzema, who netted twice against Barcelona.


Rank
Player          
Country
Club
League
Weight
Goals
Points
1
Luis Suarez
URU
Liverpool ENG
2
28 (+3)
56
2
POR
ESP
2
26 (+1) 52
3
ESP
ESP
2
23 (+1)
46
4
Lionel Messi ARG Barcelona ESP
2
21 (+3)
42
5
J. Soriano ESP  Salzburg AUT
1.5
26 (+1)
39
6
Daniel Sturridge ENG Liverpool
ENG
2
19 (+1)
38
7
Z. Ibrahimovic
SWE
FRA
1.5
25
37.5
8
A. Finnbogason
ISL
Heerenveen
NED
1.5
24 (+1)
36
=
Alan BRA Salzburg AUT
1.5
24 (+3)
36
10
Alexis Sanchez
CHI
Barcelona
ESP
2
17
34
=
Mario Mandzukic
CRO
Bayern Munich GER
2
17
34
=
Karim Benzema
FRA
Real Madrid ESP 
2
17 (+2)
34

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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