Golden Shoe 2017-18: Top Goalscorers in Europe, Latest Points on February 26

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur gesticulates during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on February 25, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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There was plenty of movement at the top of the standings in the European Golden Shoe race over the weekend, but Harry Kane and Edinson Cavani continue to share the lead.

Kane made the difference in Tottenham Hotspur's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, while Cavani netted for Paris Saint-Germain against Marseille in a 3-0 victory.

Here are the standings:

T1. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur: 24 goals x 2.0 difficulty factor = 48.0 points

T1. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain: 24 x 2.0 = 48.0 

T3. Ciro Immobile, Lazio: 23 x 2.0 = 46.0

T3. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool: 23 x 2.0 = 46.0 

5. Lionel Messi, Barcelona: 22 x 2.0 = 44.0

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

7. Jonas, Benfica: 27 x 1.5 = 40.5 

T8. Luis Suarez, Barcelona: 20 x 2.0 = 40.0

T8. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich: 20 x 2.0 = 40.0

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

Rules: All European leagues have been assigned a difficulty factor between one and two, which is multiplied by a player's goals to calculate his points tally.

Europe's top five leagues have a maximum difficulty 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. 

                               

It looked like Kane would not be adding to his tally on Sunday after he missed two gilt-edged chances from close range at Selhurst Park, but the England striker showed his resilience to net a late winner for his side with a cushioned header from Christian Eriksen's 89th-minute corner.

The goal was the 150th Kane has scored in his club career and continued his remarkable record in London derbies, per OptaJoe:

Bleacher Report's Dean Jones is hoping the forward can maintain his form into the summer:

Cavani ensured he would not be left behind by Kane in the Golden Shoe standings, though, with his turn and finish sealing a comfortable win for PSG later in the day.

Behind them, Mohamed Salah continued his remarkable season as he netted in Liverpool's 4-1 win over West Ham United, while Ciro Immobile capped off an incredible week with a goal for Lazio as they beat Sassuolo 3-0.

The goal, along with his brace against Verona last Monday, leaves him level with Salah just one behind Kane and Cavani, and it's worth noting that while European goals don't count toward the Golden Shoe, he also netted a hat-trick in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, so he's a man in form.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez ran riot as Barcelona dismantled Girona 6-1 on Saturday, grabbing a brace and a hat-trick, respectively:

Portu gave Girona a shock lead after three minutes, but two minutes later, Messi fed Suarez for the equaliser.

Two goals in the space of six minutes from Messi—the latter a free-kick under the wall—sent Barca on their way, and Suarez had netted again before the break. After Philippe Coutinho's effort from distance, Suarez rounded out the scoring with his third.

With almost every player in the top 10 finding the net at least once, it remains tight at the summit—the race for the Golden Shoe will add an extra exciting narrative throughout the run-in.  

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