LONDON, NETRALNEWS.COM - The competition for the European top scorer title, or the European Golden Shoe Trophy, is getting more exciting and tight ahead of the end of regular competition this season.
By collecting 33 goals, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is still in the top position and most likely to become the top scorer for the fourth time. Previously, Messi won the Golden Shoe three times, in 2009-2010, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013.
In second place is Sporting Lisbon’s Bas Dost, with 31 goals. On Sunday (4/20), Dost produced a hattrick that determines a 3-2 win for Sporting against hosts Braga.
Seeing the goals made by strikers in all European competitions, it seems only Dost has a chance to match or even surpass the number of goals scored by Messi. Interestingly, Barcelona and Sporting both have three games remaining until the end of the season.
On the other hand, despite scoring 31 goals, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) main striker Edinson Cavani had to settle for 10th place. The reason, Ligue 1 France only has coefficient of 1.5 or still under Portuguese Primeira League competition.
European Golden Shoe standings until May 2, 2017:
1. Lionel Messi, 33 goals (66 points)
2. Bas Dost, 31 goals (62 points)
3. Robert Lewandowski, 28 goals (56 points)
4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 27 goals (54 points)
5. Luis Suarez, 26 goals (52 points)
6-7. Andrea Belotti, 25 goals (50 points)
6-7. Edin Dzeko, 25 goals (50 points)
8-9. Romelu Lukaku, 24 goals (48 points)
8-9. Mauro Icardi, 24 goals (48 pts)
10. Edinson Cavani, 31 goals (46.5 points)