Suarez & Costa level with Ronaldo in European Golden Shoe standings

The Reds ace took his tally for 2013-14 to 17 goals in the thrashing of Tottenham, while the Atletico Madrid star also added two more strikes to match the Portuguese’ figure

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez and Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa have moved to joint first place in the European Golden Shoe standings alongside Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Uruguay international and Costa both netted twice at the weekend to continue their fine goalscoring form this term, whereas Ronaldo failed to find the net in Madrid’s 2-2 draw against Osasuna.

Elsewhere, Zlatan Ibrahimovic leapfrogged Nerijus Valskis in the standings following his goal in PSG’s win over Stade Rennais.

Fiorentina ace Giuseppe Rossi and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero both netted once at the weekend and now sit joint sixth with 13 goals.

Edinson Cavani took his tally for 2013-14 to 12 to make his way into the top 10, while Eredivisie top scorer Alfred Finnbogason netted a double against PEC Zwolle to join the PSG star.

* = league season finished

History & How It Works

Players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Diego Forlan have won the European Golden Shoe in the past few seasons, with the Argentina international as the latest winner of the award following his 46 goals in 2012-13.

Other noteworthy winners include the likes of Francesco Totti, Luca Toni, Ronaldo, Marco van Basten, Eusebio and Gerd Muller.

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 all 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.

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