The Portugal international netted a double in his first game after the winter break to move joint first in the goalscoring charts again
Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to the top of the European Golden Shoe standings following his two goals in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Celta de Vigo in La Liga on Monday evening.
The Portuguese attacker has now netted 20 goals in the Spanish top flight this term to move level with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, who was not in Premier League action at the weekend.
Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa failed to find the net in his side’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Malaga and has to settle for third spot for now.
Giuseppe Rossi sits fourth, but is unlikely to add to his tally any time soon after picking up a knee injury in Fiorentina’s victory against Livorno.
French attacker Antoine Griezmann makes his first appearance in the top 10 after scoring once in Real Sociedad’s 2-0 win over Bilbao.
* = 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 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.