Race heats up for Golden Shoe award

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The Golden Shoe - arguably the most prestigious award a forward can win in his career.

Argentine phenomenon Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe for the last two years, but having spend two months recovering from an injury, his dominance looks set to end this season.

A lot of forwards have impressed this season - and midway through the campaign we have a three-way battle for the Golden Shoe.

After scoring his 400th goal against Celta Vigo on Monday, Cristiano Ronaldo already has 20 league goals and is joint leader with Uruguayan hot-shot Luis Suarez.

Both players have managed to net 20 goals and are currently leading the race for the prestigious award.

Right behind them, with one less goal is Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, while the fourth place is held by Italian Guiseppe Rossi, but with his most recent injury he very much looks out of the race.

Other big names who are in the top are Sergio Aguero with 13 goals, Antoine Griezmann with 12 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 15.

How it works

The rankings are made by the points the players have gained.

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.

You can have a look at for the current ranking for the European Golden Boot.

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