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European Golden Shoe Update, Can CR7 Still Finish 3rd?

With Lionel Messi having seemingly wrapped up a record-breaking sixth European Golden Shoe, the battle for third place is still raging on. Here is why Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to finish on the podium.

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Messi was rested on the weekend, and therefore could not add to his tally of 34 LaLiga strikes in 2018/19 so far, which equates to 68 points in the Golden Shoe race.

However, with Kylian Mbappe receiving a three-game suspension for his horror tackle in the Coupe de France final, Messi's closest rival has only one more chance to close the gap on the Argentine, while the Barcelona captain still has three fixtures to find the back of the net.

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Mbappe stayed on 30 Ligue 1 strikes and will likely finish in second position in this season's European Golden Shoe ranking, while the battle for third spot will continue for the next two weeks.

Currently, evergreen Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella holds the final spot on the podium after adding two more goals to his tally in Serie A. The 36-year-old has now scored 25 goals in Italy's top flight this campaign, leading the Capocannoniere race for the top goalscorer in Serie A ahead of Ronaldo and Atalanta's Duvan Zapata.

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While Zapata has 22 goals, the Portuguese superstar has 21 strikes in the league, and both are still chasing Quagliarella's tally. They have three more chances to overtake the Sampdoria striker, with Ronaldo particularly keen on winning Italy's Golden Boot, which would make him the first player to lift the individual accolade in England, Spain and Italy.

Do you think Ronaldo can still catch Quagliarella in the Serie A goals race? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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