Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and FC Cologne’s Anthony Modeste remain deadlocked in the Bundesliga's top-scorer stakes and feature in the upper echelons of the battle for the Golden Shoe.
Kalev’s Yevgeni Kabayev leads the way on 25 points, but strikes from the aforementioned duo in vital wins for their teams took them to 12 goals for the season and 24 points in the Golden Shoe standings.
As the elite European leagues get up to full speed, the top 10 is beginning to contain more and more familiar names, including a trio of stars from Serie A—Andrea Belotti, Mauro Icardi and Edin Dzeko—among the contenders, as well as Chelsea's in-form goal-getter Diego Costa.
Here is a look at the standings following a weekend of more wonderful goalscoring from across the continent, and a reminder of some of the highlights from the past couple of days.
|Golden Shoe 2016-17: Nov. 21 Standings|
|Position||Player||Team||Goals x Factor||Points|
|1.||Yevgeni Kabayev||Kalev||25 x 1.0||25.0|
|2.||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Borussia Dortmund||12 x 2.0||24.0|
|3.||Anthony Modeste||Cologne||12 x 2.0||24.0|
|4.||Gerard Gohou||FC Kairat||22 x 1.0||22.0|
|5.||Vitali Rodionov||BATE Borisov||21 x 1.0||21.0|
|6.||Diego Costa||Chelsea||10 x 2.0||20.0|
|7.||Andrea Belotti||Torino||10 x 2.0||20.0|
|8.||Mauro Icardi||Inter Milan||10 x 2.0||20.0|
|9.||Edin Dzeko||Roma||10 x 2.0||20.0|
|10.||Moussa Marega||Guimaraes||10 x 2.0||20.0|
Points for the Golden Shoe table are calculated by the amount of goals multiplied by a difficulty factor—determined by the strength of the league in which the goals are scored.
Strikes in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A are worth two points, so Aubameyang's haul of 12 goals yields 24 points.
Aubameyang On Fire
In one of the most anticipated games of the season, Borussia Dortmund welcomed Bayern Munich to the Westfalenstadion, and their man for the big occasion made his mark on the fixture.
Indeed, after the finest season of his career in 2015-16, Aubameyang shows no signs of slowing down. He was alert to put his side ahead in the 11th minute against their great rivals and was a threat to the Bayern back four throughout the game with his searing speed. BVB eventually secured a vital 1-0 win.
The winner means the Gabon star now has 12 league goals for the season.
Per Squawka Football, he’s in red-hot form:
Given his goalscoring exploits last term, it’s no surprise to see Aubameyang near the summit of these standings. Modeste’s spot near the top is a big surprise, though.
The 28-year-old has been in magnificent form in front of goal all season in the Bundesliga, and while he failed to find the net in Cologne’s last outing before the international break, he was back among the goals in the 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, bagging a key equaliser for his team.
During a career in which Modeste has failed to show his best on a consistent basis, this run of matches is the best he’s played. Cologne, who sit fourth in the Bundesliga, will be desperate for this purple patch to be prolonged.
In Serie A, Torino look to be in possession of a rising star in Belotti, who found the net twice against Crotone on Sunday.
Per OptaPaolo, the 22-year-old is a rounded goal-poacher:
Indeed, Belotti is something of a throwback. While he may not be the best technical player, the strongest or the quickest, he takes up so many clever positions in the penalty area. And as his 10 goals for the season illustrate, he’s ruthless in taking his opportunities.
In the Premier League, Costa fired Chelsea to the top of the table, netting the only goal in a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough.
The forward was on hand to score his 10th of the season at the Riverside Stadium, and once again he led the line with aggression and impetus.
Per uMAXit Football’s Jack Rathborn, there’s more to Costa’s game than the goals he scores:
While he may not be in the top 10 quite yet, Cristiano Ronaldo sent out a statement of intent to the rest of La Liga with his stunning display of goalscoring for Real Madrid.
Against city rivals Atletico Madrid, the Portuguese forward led the line for an injury-ravaged Los Blancos and scored a fine hat-trick in a 3-0 triumph. After a difficult start to the season, the 31-year-old now has two trebles in his last three La Liga matches; expect to see him shoot up the standings in the coming weeks.
Elsewhere, the holder of the Golden Shoe, Luis Suarez, was suspended for Barcelona as they were held 0-0 by Malaga at the Camp Nou. It was a frustrating day for the Blaugrana, who were bereft of an edge without the Uruguayan and Lionel Messi, who missed the match through illness.