Mbappe last serious challenger to Messi at top of Golden Shoe rankings

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KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: Kylian Mbappe is now the only possible challenger to Lionel Messi in the leadership of the rankings for the ESM Golden Shoe which rewards European league football’s leading marksman.

Messi remains clear in front of the pack even though he remains on 33 league goals for the season, now only three more than Paris Saint-Germain’s Mbappe.

The English Premier League’s leading scorers, Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Mo Salah of Liverpool, are joint 11th with 19 goals apiece.

The Golden Shoe is based on a ranking computed according to UEFA’s July rankings. Thus marksmen from among the top five nations  benefit from a multiple of 2.0, the next batch 1.5 and the remainder 1.0.

Last year France replaced Portugal in the top five meaning the value of goals in Ligue 1 rose to 2.0 while the valuation for for players from Benfica, Sporting and Porto etc was downgraded to 1.5. Goals in the countries ranked on down from 23 stand at face value.

As in previous years the Golden Shoe does not consider goals in play-off competitions.

Golden Shoe standings  

(Ranking multiplication based on UEFA coefficient status) 

1. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 33 x 2 = 66
2. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) 30 x 2 = 60
3. Fabio Quagliarella (UC Sampdoria) 22 x 2 = 44
4. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 21 x 2 = 42
Mbaye Diagne (Kasimpasa SK/Galatasaray SK) 28 x 1,5 = 42
Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) 21 x 2 = 42
Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa CFC/AC Milan) 21 x 2 = 42
Duván Zapata (Atalanta Bergamo) 21 x 2 = 42
9. Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) 27 x 1,5 = 40,5
10. Luis Suárez (FC Barcelona) 20 x 2 = 40
11. Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero (Manchester City) 19 x 2 = 38
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) 19 x 2 = 38
Nicolas Pépé (Lille OSC) 19 x 2 = 38
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) 19 x 2 = 38
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC) 19 x 2 = 38
16. Sadio Mané (Liverpool FC) 18 x 2 = 36
Cristhian Stuani (Girona FC) 18 x 2 = 36
18. Robert Skov (FC København) 23 x 1,5 = 34,5
19. Paco Alcácer (Borussia Dortmund) 17 x 2 = 34
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) 17 x 2 = 34
Luka Jovic (SG Eintracht Frankfurt) 17 x 2 = 34
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 17 x 2 = 34
Arkadiusz Milik (SSC Napoli) 17 x 2 = 34
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) 17 x 2 = 34
25. Nikolai Komlichenko (FK Mladá Boleslav) 22 x 1,5 = 33
Dusan Tadic (AFC Ajax) 22 x 1,5 = 33
27. Iago Aspas (RC Celta de Vigo) 16 x 2 = 32
Eden Hazard (Chelsea FC) 16 x 2 = 32
Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) 16 x 2 = 32
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) 16 x 2 = 32
Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla FC) 16 x 2 = 32
32. Ellenton ‘Liliu’ (Nõmme Kalju FC) 31 x 1 = 31
33. Zakaria Beglarishvili (FC Flora Tallinn) 30 x 1 = 30
Francesco Caputo (Empoli FC) 15 x 2 = 30
Andrej Kramarić (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 15 x 2 = 30
‘Paulinho’ de Oliveira (BK Häcken) 20 x 1,5 = 30
Yussuf Poulsen (RasenBallsport Leipzig) 15 x 2 = 30
Mbwane Ally Samatta (KRC Genk) 20 x 1,5 = 30
39. Patrick Hoban (FC Dundalk) 29 x 1 = 29
40. Efthymios Koulouris (Atromitos FC) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
Haris Seferovic (SL Benfica) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
Andreas Skov Olsen (FC Nordsjaelland) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
43. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) 14 x 2 = 28
Sébastien Haller (SG Eintracht Frankfurt) 14 x 2 = 28
Ciro Immobile (SS Lazio Roma) 14 x 2 = 28
Jaime Mata Arnaiz (Getafe CF) 14 x 2 = 28
Andrea Petagna (SPAL 2013) 14 x 2 = 28
Raúl de Tomás (Rayo Vallecano) 14 x 2 = 28
Timo Werner (RasenBallsport Leipzig) 14 x 2 = 28
50. Igor Angulo Albóniga (Górnik Zabrze) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Roman Debelko (FC Levadia Tallinn) 27 x 1 = 27
Linus Hallenius (GIF Sundsvall) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Hamdi Harbaoui (SV Zulte Waregem) 18 x 1,5 = 27
Guillaume Hoarau (BSC Young Boys) 18 x 2 = 27
Kamil Wilczek (Brøndby IF) 18 x 1,5 = 27
56. Ishak Belfodil (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) 13 x 2 = 26
‘Charles’ Dias de Oliveira (SD Eibar) 13 x 2 = 26
Andy Delort (Montpellier Hérault SC) 13 x 2 = 26
Kai Havertz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) 13 x 2 = 26
Borja Iglesias Quintás (RCD Espanyol) 13 x 2 = 26
Wahbi Khazri (AS Saint-Étienne) 13 x 2 = 26
Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) 13 x 2 = 26
Jorge Molina Vidal (Getafe CF) 13 x 2 = 26
‘Neymar’ da Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) 13 x 2 = 26
Paul Pogba (Manchester United) 13 x 2 = 26
‘Richarlison’ de Andrade (Everton FC) 13 x 2 = 26
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton FC) 13 x 2 = 26
Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille) 13 x 2 = 26
Kevin Volland (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) 13 x 2 = 26
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** The Golden Shoe is administered, computed and formulated by the European Sports Media group whose members comprise: A Bola (Portugal), ElfVoetbal (Netherlands), Fanatik (Turkey), Foot Magazine (Belgium), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy), GoalNews/Sentragoal (Greece), Guerin Sportivo (Italy), Kicker (Germany), Marca (Spain), Nemzeti Sport (Hungary), SoFoot (France), Sport Express (Russia), Telegraaf/Telesport (Netherlands), Tipsbladet (Denmark), World Soccer (England). Affiliated members: Kick Off (South Africa), Titan Sport (China), Netease (China),SportalKorea (South-Korea).

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