Who’s leading the European golden shoe race?

The race for the European Golden Shoe is on and extremely popping right now. The continent’s elite names are firing goals week in and week out, but who’s on top of the scoring charts in league play?

Under UEFA’s rules, scoring is calculated in a rather unusual way. Goals for players in the leading five countries in the UEFA Rankings (Spain, Germany, England, Italy and Portugal as of July, 2016) have two as their multiplier. This is meant to emphasize the difference in (international) performance level between the clubs from those countries and those from the other nations.

As such, here are Europe’s goal-scoring leaders on points, updated every Monday.

Lionel Messi – 50 points

Club: FC Barcelona

Playing country: Spain

Goals: 25

Multiplier: x2

Bas Dost – 48 points

Club: Sporting Clube de Portugal

Playing country: Portugal

Goals: 25

Multiplier: x2

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 46 points

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Playing country: Germany

Goals: 24

Multiplier: x2

Luis Suarez – 44 points

Club: FC Barcelona

Playing country: Spain

Goals: 22

Multiplier: x2

Andrea Belotti – 44 points

Club: Torino FC

Playing country: Italy

Goals: 22

Multiplier: x2

Anthony Modeste – 44 points

Club: FC Cologne

Playing country: Germany

Goals: 22

Multiplier: x2

Romelu Lukaku – 42 points

Club: Everton FC

Playing country: England

Goals: 21

Multiplier: x2

Edin Dzeko – 42 points

Club: AS Roma

Playing country: Italy

Goals: 21

Multiplier: x2

Robert Lewandowski – 42 points

Club: Bayern Munich

Playing country: Germany

Goals: 21

Multiplier: x2

Edinson Cavani – 40.5 points

Club: Paris Saint-Germain

Playing country: France

Goals: 27

Multiplier: x1.5

Mauro Icardi – 40 points

Club: Inter Milan

Playing country: Italy

Goals: 20

Multiplier: x2

Dries Mertens – 40 points

Club: SSC Napoli

Playing country: Italy

Goals: 20

Multiplier: x2

Gonzalo Higuain – 38 points

Club: Juventus FC

Playing country: Italy

Goals: 19

Multiplier: x2

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