Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe has massively cut his gap on Lionel Messi in the European Golden Shoe race, while Cristiano Ronaldo was overtaken by a former Real Madrid teammate.
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Messi failed to add to his tally this weekend, which gave Mbappe a chance to close in on the five-time Golden Shoe winner.
The 20-year-old responded with a hat trick in PSG's 3-1 victory over AS Monaco, taking his tally to 30 goals in Ligue 1 this season. He now sits just three goals, equating to six points, behind Messi in this year’s Golden Shoe ranking.
Fabio Quagliarella remained in third spot with 22 strikes, equating to 44 points, in Serie A, while Karim Benzema has moved up the ranking following his hat trick in Real Madrid's 3-0 over Athletic Bilbao.
The Frenchman has now scored 21 times in 2018/19, sitting on 42 points in the Golden Shoe ranking, while his former colleague Ronaldo remained on 19 strikes and 38 points.
Galatasaray's Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne is the highest-scoring player outside Europe’s top five leagues, appearing with 28 goals, which equate to 42 points (unlike Europe’s top leagues, who have a 2 multiplier, the Turkish league only has a 1.5 multiplier in the Golden Shoe ranking based on the league's UEFA coefficient), in joint-fourth place.
Both Messi and Mbappe still have five league games left to play in order to add to their Golden Shoe tallies in 2018/19.
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1) Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) – 33 goals/66 points
2) Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 30 goals/60 points
3) Fabio Qualiarella (Sampdoria) – 22 goals/44 points
4) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 21 goals/42 points
5) Mbaye Diagne (Kasimpasa/Galatasaray) – 28 goals/42 points [1.5 multiplier]
6) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 21 goals/42 points
7) Krzysztof Piatek (AC Milan) – 21 goals/42 points
8) Luuk de Jong (PSV) – 27 goals/40.5 points [1.5 multiplier]
9) Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona) – 20 goals/40 points
10) Duvan Zapata (Atalanta) – 20 goals/40 points
11) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 19 goals/38 points
12) Nicolas Pepe (Lille) – 19 goals/38 points
13) Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 19 goals/38 points
14) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 19 goals/38 points