Messi opens battle with Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane
After the conclusion of major league games around Europe it can now be revealed that Lionel Messi has a lot of work to do if he is to successfully retain his Golden Boot award.
Messi claimed the award for being the deadliest striker in Europe slamming in 37 goals in just 34 league appearances for Barcelona in the 2016/17 season.
But this season has seen the likes of Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah surge ahead of Leo.
Kane’s goal against Arsenal in the London derby saw him move up to 23 goals in the Premier League, giving him a total of 46 points when the UEFA coefficient is included.
Mohamed Salah is now at 44 points after scoring 22 goals so far this season in the league.
Messi on the other hand, has scored 20 goals and is tied on 40 points with Ciro Immobile, which is just two points ahead of the likes of Neymar and Lewandowski.
See current standings
1. Harry Kane (Tottenham): 23 goals (x2.0) = 46 points
2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): 22 goals (x2.0) = 44 points
3. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City): 21 goals (x2.0) = 42 points
-. Edinson Cavani (PSG): 21 goals (x2.0) = 42 points
5. Leo Messi (FC Barcelona): 20 goals (x2.0) = 40 points
-. Ciro Immobile (Lazio): 20 goals (x2.0) = 40 points
7. Neymar (PSG): 19 goals (x2.0) = 38 points
-. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): 19 goals (x2.0) = 38 points
9. Jonas (Benfica): 25 goals (x1.5) = 37.5 points
10. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan): 18 goals (x2.0) = 36 points