Messi overtakes Ronaldo in race for European Golden Shoe

The Argenine’s penalty against Elche on Saturday means he now is the highest league scorer in Europe for the 2014-15 season

Lionel Messi’s first half penalty for Barcelona against Elche on Saturday has seen him move ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the European Golden Shoe.

The Argentine struck in the 31st minute of the Blaugrana’s clash at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua – his 31st goal of the Liga season and one more than Ronaldo.

Messi has now scored 16 league goals in 2015 alone – while Ronaldo, who was 13 strikes ahead of his great rival back in November, only has five.

Ronaldo is the current joint-holder of the European Golden Shoe, together with Luis Suarez. The Portuguese has been Europe’s top-scorer on three occasions, the same number as Messi.

The Barcelona star has 42 goals in all competitions this season from 39 games.

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