The crunch battle for the European Golden Boot award remains tight as we head into the final stretch of the season and with few of Europe’s top-five League effectively decided or almost everything except, a standout amongst the most esteemed individual prizes in European football stays up for grab.
It appeared like Liverpool in-form forward Mo Salah was on course to claim the annual prestigious award without breaking a sweat, but awkward groin injury that keeps him from featuring in Liverpool’s draw against Everton, couple with Lionel Messi‘s hattrick against Leganes on Saturday has seen the Argentine catch up with Salah’s count of 29 League goals for the season up until now.
Both Lionel Messi and Mo Salah has 29 goals and 58 points ahead of others, with a huge three-goal lead on Robert Lewandowski and Ciro Immobile who have looted 26 goals for Bayern Munich and Lazio respectively this campaign.
An inquisitive perception is that Benfica’s Brazilian striker Jonas really has more League goals than the aforementioned player on the list with a total goal of 33, but the Portuguese league’s lower coefficient implies that Jonas hit a snag and trails the leading European scorers by 8.5 points.
The former Valencia player still comes in a respectable fifth, something that isn’t to be sniffed at considering he is straightforwardly above Mauro Icardi, Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero in the rankings.
It worths calling attention to that of Ronaldo, who has managed to hook his way again into ninth position after his horrible start of the season and while he has admirably chipped down by Messi’s lead, it appears to be improbable that the Portuguese forward will catch up for the lost time with his adversary with only seven games left.
1. Mohamed Salah – 29 goals (58 pts)
2. Leo Messi – 29 goals (58 pts)
3. Robert Lewandowski – 26 goals (52 pts)
3. Ciro Immobile – 26 goals (52 pts)
5. Jonas – 33 goals (49.5 pts)
6. Harry Kane – 24 goals (48 pts)
6. Edinson Cavani – 24 goals (48 pts)
6. Mauro Icardi – 24 goals (48 pts)
9. Cristiano Ronaldo – 23 goals (46 pts)
10. Luis Suárez – 22 goals (44 pts)
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