Mohamed Salah leading the way in the race for European Golden Shoe

Mohamed Salah took the lead in the European Golden Shoe standings with his four goals against Watford at the weekend.

The award is presented by European Sports Media (ESM) to the top-ranked goalscorer in the continent, with a higher weighting given to goals in UEFA’s top five leagues—the Premier League, LaLiga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the top 10.

1. Mohamed Salah

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Club: Liverpool

Goals: 28

Points: 56

The Egypt forward has found the net in 20 of his 30 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, hitting multiple goals on six occasions including Saturday’s four-goal haul.


2. Lionel Messi

LONDON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 23, 2016: Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the first goal against Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by Kirsten Holst/Propaganda)

Club: Barcelona

Goals: 25

Points: 50

Last season’s winner is Salah’s closest challenger this time around after netting his 25th of the LaLiga season in Sunday’s win over Athletic Bilbao.


3. Ciro Immobile

Club: Lazio

Goals: 24

Points: 48

The next three players are tied on 24 goals but the Italy international has reached the mark in fewer appearances, 26, than Cavani or Kane.

He scored three against AC Milan in September and four against SPAL in January to better his 23 league goals from last season.


4. Edinson Cavani

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 12, 2016: Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani in action against Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Club: Paris St Germain

Goals: 24

Points: 48

The summer signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe could have left Cavani out in the cold and there were reports of an early-season falling-out with the Brazil star over penalty duties, but Cavani has once again been front and centre to back up his 35-goal Ligue 1 campaign last time out.


5. Harry Kane

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 4, 2018: Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Club: Tottenham

Goals: 24

Points: 48

The Spurs and England striker has won the Premier League’s Golden Boot for the last two seasons and was in contention to add the continental equivalent this time around until an ankle injury against Bournemouth dented his hopes.


6. Jonas

Club: Benfica

Goals: 31

Points: 46.5

The top-scoring player on this list, though his goals have come in the Portuguese Liga where a lower UEFA co-efficient means he earns only 1.5 points per goal, rather than two for goals in the ‘big five’ leagues.


7. Robert Lewandowski

Club: Bayern Munich

Goals: 23

Points: 46

Bayern’s Poland international has been a fixture on the list in recent seasons and a hat-trick against Hamburg took him to 100 Bundesliga goals for the club.

He also scored in his first 11 home league games of the season, equalling a German record set by his coach Jupp Heynckes 45 years ago.


8. Cristiano Ronaldo

MADRID, SPAIN - Tuesday, November 4, 2014: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in action against Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Club: Real Madrid

Goals: 22

Points: 44

The Portugal forward’s continuing dominance was being questioned amid a slow start to the La Liga season for himself and Real.

He has answered in style and after scoring four against Girona on Sunday, he has 14 goals in his last six league games.

He has scored in every Champions League appearance this season for good measure.


9. Mauro Icardi

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi during the International Champions Cup match at Thomond Park, Limerick. (Picture by Niall Carson PA Archive/PA Images)

Club: Inter Milan

Goals: 22

Points: 44

Like Salah and Ronaldo, Icardi scored four this weekend to join the Portuguese in breaking back into the top 10.

Three more in the remainder of the Serie A season would make it his most prolific league campaign to date.


10. Sergio Aguero

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 9, 2017: Manchester City's Sergio Aguero during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Club: Man City

Goals: 21

Points: 42

The Argentinian edges out Barcelona’s Luis Suarez for the final spot in the top 10 by virtue of having played fewer games.

En route to 21 goals he has become City’s all-time record scorer and is one away from his 200th for the club.

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