European Golden Boot: Messi extends lead at the top
Following his two goals against Valencia, Barcelona's Lionel Messi has stretched his lead at the top to 42 points, ahead of Mbappé and Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi, author of Barcelona’s two goals in the 2-2 draw with Valencia last Saturday, has extended his lead at the top of the leader board for the European Golden Boot 2018-19. With 42 points, the Argentinean is now six points ahead of his closest rival, Kylian Mbappé of PSG.
Winner of the Golden Boot in five previous occasions (2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18), Messi has so far scored 21 leagues goals this season. Second-placed Mbappé has 18 league goals (36 points) to his name, while third-placed Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus, who also netted two goals last weekend, has 17 league goals (34 points).
Each season, the Golden Boot is handed out to the player from a European league that accumulates the highest points (awarded for each goal) over one season.
Players in Europe’s top five leagues – Germany, Spain, Italy, England and France – receive two points for each goal scored.
Players in second-tier leagues (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Scotland, Greece, Holland, Israel, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine) receive 1.5 points for each goal scored; while players in third-tier European leagues receive one point.
For this reason, Europe’s top two goals scorers (both from the Estonian league), Brazilian Liliu of Nõmme Kalju FC with 31 goals (31 points) and Zakaria Beglarishvili of Flora Tallin with 30 goals (30 points), are ranked eighth and ninth, respectively.
Golden Boat 2018-19: Current Leaderboard
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 21 (42)
2. Kylian Mbappé (PSG) 18 (36)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) 17 (34)
4. Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) 16 (32)
4. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 16 (32)
4. Edinson Cavani (PSG) 16 (32)
4. Nicolas Pépé (Lille) 16 (32)
8. Liliu (Nomme Kalju) 31 (31)
9. Zakaria Beglarishvili (Flora) 30 (30)
9. Mbaye Diagne (Kasimpasa) 20 (30)
9. Paulinho (Häcken) 20 (30)
9. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) 15 (30)
9. Duván Zapata (Atalanta) 15 (30)
9. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Aresnal 15 (30)
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