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Cristiano falls behind Messi and Mbappé in the Golden Shoe

The Barcelona forward and PSG star were both on target this weekend and lead the ranking with 50 and 44 points respectively.

El jugador portugués de la Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo, antes de un partido.
Tiziana FabiAFP

Leo Messi's hat trick against Sevilla has enabled him to stretch his lead at the top of the 2019 Golden Show rankings. The Barcelona forward is on 25 goals, and tops the table on 50 points as each goal in LaLiga Santander isn worth two points.

In second place is Kylian Mbappé, who was also on target this weekend. He is on 22 goals and 44 points due to the double coefficient in Ligue 1. The PSG ace has been given more responsibilities while Neymar and Edinson Cavani have been sidelined with injury and while he struggled during the early stages of Saturday's game against Nimes, he added another two goals to his tally late in the match.

Both players have now opened up a lead over Cristiano Ronaldo, who failed to score in Juventus' home win over Bologna (Paulo Dybala hit the only goal of the game). As it stands, Cristiano is on 19 goals and 38 points although it must be pointed out that out of the top three, Cristiano and Messi have 13 games left to play while Mbappé has 12.

In fourth is Krzysztof Piatek with 18 goals and 36 points for AC Milan. He gained some ground on Cristiano after finding the net against Empoli at the weekend. Behind him are four players on 17 goals - injury-hit Edinson Cavani (PSG), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) and Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool). In ninth, 10th and 11th with 16 goals are Luis Suárez (Barcelona), Nicolas Pépé (Lille) and Duván Zapata (Atalanta).

2019 Golden Shoe ranking

1Leo MessiBarcelona2550
2Kylian MbappéPSG2244
3Cristiano RonaldoJuventus1938
4Krzysztof PiatekGenoa1836
5Edinson CavaniPSG1734
6Sergio AgüeroManchester City1734
7Fabio QuagliarellaSampdoria1734
8Mohamed SalahLiverpool1734
9Luis SuárezBarcelona1632
10Duván ZapataAtalanta1632
11Nicolas PépéLille1632

The first Spanish player in the list, level on points with 12 other players is Borussia Dortmund's Paco Alcácer who has 12 goals and 24 points - the same as Atlético de Madrid top scorer Antoine Griezmann.

Benzema in the Top 50

It's interesting to note that the first Real Madrid to appear in the ranking, Karim Benzema, who occupies 46th place with nine other players. Benzema, with 11 goals and 22 points, has been steadily climbing up the table since the end of last year when he sat 233rd back at the start of December.


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