The Portugal international netted at the weekend to close the gap with his rival, while Alfred Finnbogason moved into fourth place
Cristiano Ronaldo has pulled level with Liverpool star Luis Suarez in the European Golden Shoe standings following his strike in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Granada on Saturday.
The Portugal star and his Premier League rival have now both found the net 22 times in their respective leagues and hold a three-goal lead over third-placed Diego Costa, who failed to add to his tally in Atletico Madrid’s 4-2 win over Rayo Vallecano. Rayo’s fourth goal was eventually awarded as an Saul own goal.
Elsewhere, Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason climbed to fourth place after scoring his 19th goal of the season in the Eredivisie side’s 3-1 derby defeat against Cambuur.
No other players in the top 10 added to their tally this weekend, but players such as Domenico Berardi, Alexis Sanchez and Pedro all found the net and are just one goal away from breaking into the top 10.
* = 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.