Golden Shoe 2017-18: Top Goalscorers in Europe, Latest Points Table on Feb. 12

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2018

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Sergio Aguero netted four times as Manchester City thrashed Leicester City 5-1 on Saturday to move into tied third place in the standings for the 2017-18 European Golden Shoe on 21 goals.  

Harry Kane remained top of the standings as he took his tally for the Premier League season to 23 by scoring the only goal in Tottenham Hotspur's 1-0 win over Arsenal.

Mohamed Salah is just a goal back, though, after finding the net in Liverpool's 2-0 defeat of Southampton, while Neymar moved to 19 for the campaign in Ligue 1 by scoring in Paris Saint-Germain's 1-0 defeat of Toulouse.

Here is the latest top 10: 

1. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur: 23 goals x 2.0 difficulty factor = 46.0 points

2. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool: 22 x 2.0 = 44.0 

T3. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City: 21 x 2.0 = 42.0 

T3. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain: 21 x 2.0 = 42.0 

T5. Ciro Immobile, Lazio: 20 x 2.0 = 40.0

T5. Lionel Messi, Barcelona: 20 x 2.0 = 40.0

T7. Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain: 19 x 2.0 = 38.0

T7. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich: 19 x 2.0 = 38.0

9. Jonas, Benfica: 25 x 1.5 = 37.5 

10. Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan: 18 x 2.0 = 36.0

Rules: UEFA has assigned all European leagues a difficulty rating between one and two, which is multiplied by a player's goals to calculate his points tally.

Europe's top five leagues have a rating of two, and so goals scored in them are worth two points each, whereas in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, for example, goals are worth just 1.5 points.

             

Aguero's four goals against the Foxes saw him become the third player this season to pass the 20-goal mark in the Premier League.

He has now netted at least 20 goals in each of the last four campaigns in the English top flight and in five of his seven seasons as a City player.

The Argentinian's consistency is remarkable, and he has continued to impress in 2018, per BBC Sport's Simon Stone:

While he is trailing Kane and Salah in the Golden Shoe rankings, Aguero has the best goal-per-minute ratio of the Premier League trio.

His 21 strikes for the season have come at a rate of a goal every 85 minutes, while Kane nets once every 97 minutes and Salah every 93.

With second-placed Manchester United losing to Newcastle United on Sunday, Aguero's brilliance in helping City to a comfortable win over Leicester saw the Sky Blues stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 16 points.

PSG, meanwhile, now sit 12 points clear of second-place Monaco in Ligue 1 after Neymar's 19th goal of the 2017-18 season saw them to a narrow win at Toulouse.

During his time at Barcelona, Neymar twice passed 20 goals in a La Liga season, netting 22 in 2014-15 and 24 in 2015-16.

Given the rate at which he is scoring in the French top flight—returning a goal every 85 minutes—the Brazilian superstar looks on track to surpass his best league return in a likely title-winning season for PSG.

The French giants were not at their best against Toulouse, but their star man remains in superb form ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid, per WhoScored.com:

PSG have won 14 of their last 15 matches in all competitions, and Neymar continues to contribute to their bid for major silverware in 2017-18. 

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