Golden Shoe 2017-18: Top Goalscorers in Europe, Updated Standings on Feb. 19

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani controls the ball during the French Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Strasbourg at The Parc des Princes in Paris on February 17, 2018.  / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Edinson Cavani pulled level with Harry Kane at the head of the race for the European Golden Shoe after he bagged a brace for Paris Saint-Germain against Strasbourg on Saturday.

The Uruguayan took full advantage of the Premier League taking a weekend off for the FA Cup, as did Neymar and Robert Lewandowski, who each improved their tallies.

Here is the top 10: 

T1. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur: 23 goals x 2.0 difficulty factor = 46.0 points

T1. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain: 23 x 2.0 = 46.0 

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

4. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City: 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

T5. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich: 20 x 2.0 = 40.0

8. Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain: 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. 

                                            

Cavani, Neymar Sink Strasbourg

After Julian Draxler cancelled out Jean-Eudes Aholou's early strike, Neymar put PSG ahead against Strasbourg with a sublime effort that showcased his impressive skills, per Goal:

His goal took him to 19 in Ligue 1 for the season in as many games, and it was quickly followed by another from Angel Di Maria.

The Brazilian is behind only his team-mate Cavani in the French top flight. After Stephane Bahoken pulled the visitors back to a 3-2 deficit, the striker converted two well-taken lobs to seal an ultimately comfortable win:

Cavani is now level with Kane, with PSG having one more league match to play than Tottenham Hotspur this season.

In the Bundesliga, Lewandowski became the first player to reach 20 goals for the season.

The Pole started the clash with Wolfsburg on the bench, with Bayern looking ahead to Tuesday's UEFA Champions League tie with Besiktas.

Munich found themselves in trouble, though, after Daniel Didavi gave Wolfsburg a shock early lead.

Bayern were set to draw the match 1-1 after Sandro Wagner equalised, but Lewandowski netted a late penalty after coming on as a substitute.

Per Squawka Football, the striker has an exceptional record from the spot in the German top flight:

The winner sealed their 13th consecutive victory in the Bundesliga, and they're 19 points ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

Lewandowski has only failed to reach 20 league goals once in the last seven seasons, and he bagged 30 apiece in the last two campaigns.

If he's to win the European Golden Shoe this year, he'll likely need a similar tally again, if not better.  

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