THE BATTLE FOR THE GOLDEN SHOE

Lionel Messi is in typically prolific scoring form as of late, and found the net again on Matchday 27 against Atletico Madrid. His sixth free kick goal of the season, in the 1-0 win at the Camp Nou, earned his side the three points, and also made him the joint-top scorer of the season in the major European Leagues.

In the race for the Golden Shoe, Messi's 24 goals take him level with Edison Cavani (PSG), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) and Harry Kane (Tottenham), on 48 points in the judging criteria.

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Behind the quarter are Lazio's Immobile with 23 goals (46 points) and Jonas with 30 (45 points). The Benfica striker's goals in Portugal count for 1.5 points each, whilst those scored in the French league now count for 2 points.

Messi's nearest challenger at Barça is strike partner Luis Suárez, who has 20 goals and 40 points.

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Currently Messi, Cavani, Salah and Kane lead the battle for the Golden Boot.

SOURCE: FC BARCELONA

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