European Golden Shoe: Lionel Messi racing clear despite Quagliarella, Mbappe and Ronaldo form


With Cristiano Ronaldo being rested as Juventus suffered there first Serie A defeat of the season and Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek failing to find the net in the Milan derby, their prospects of the Golden Shoe diminished further.

The 36-year-old current top-scorer of the Italian top-flight Fabio Quagliarella added another to his tally during their 5-3 victory over Sassuolo - while Mbappe and Messi also maintained their incredible form this season.

Despite missing a late penalty for PSG against Marseille in a riveting Ligue 1 fixture, the 20-year-old still found the net in a 3-1 win as his league tally moved on to 25 goals in 22 appearances.

However, Messi simply has been a cut above the rest with eight goals in his last five games, with his 51st career hat-trick against Real Betis pushing him four ahead of the France wonderkid.

1. Messi (29 goals, 58pts) - FC Barcelona

2. Mbappe (25 goals, 50pts) - Paris Saint Germain

3. Quagliarella (21 goals, 40pts) - Sampdoria

4. Ronaldo (19 goals, 38pts) - Juventus

5. Piatek (19 goals, 38pts) - AC Milan