Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue their dispute over any individual award there is. This time, both La Liga strikers were revealed as the front runners to win this year’s Golden Shoe. This will be the sixth consecutive year either player will take the trophy home, with Diego Forlán being the last striker to win the award prior to Messi and CR7 dominating the ranking.
Each league is assigned a difficulty number from zero to two, which is multiplied by the total amount of goals a player scores in his domestic league. With Ronaldo and Messi playing in La Liga, their goal scoring totals are multiplied by 2. Right now, the Portuguese striker leads the pack with 78 points, followed closely by Messi with 72.
Here you have the 2014/15 Golden Shoe’s top ten ranking
Antoine Griezmann completes the podium with 44 points. During his first season with Atletico, the Frenchman has established himself as Los Colchoneros’ go-to guy, particularly since the year 2015 began. Griezmann has scored 16 goals so far this year, making him the second most prolific scorer behind Messi. The only team in the world to have two strikers among the top ten is Barcelona, having Neymar tied with Alexander Meier and Diego Costa with 38 points.
Whoever wins between Messi and Ronaldo will be establishing a new record. Both players have won it three times, and with the closest opponent trailing them by 34 and 28 points respectively, these has turned into a two-horse race.
Here’s the list of winners for the past ten years