Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kylian Mbappe has closed in on Lionel Messi in European Golden Shoe race after his record-breaking Ligue 1 exploits.
Mbappe, 20, netted a sublime hat-trick against his former club AS Monaco in a 3-1 win on Sunday, whiched not only marked his fifth careet treble but also his third consecutive league title.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner also became the youngest player in French top-flight history to reach the 30-goal mark in a single season.
While Messi failed to add to his 33-goal tally against Real Sociedad, the Frenchman has kept the race alive with five rounds of fixtures remaining in the 2018/19 season.
Sampdoria captain Fabio Quaglierella has slowed down somewhat with one goal in his last five league games but the Serie A top-scorer remains in the top-three.
Senegal target-man Mbaye Diagne, with 28 goals in 25 games comes in at fourth, due to the metric level of goals for the Turkish Super Lig - this is down to his incredible seven goal haul for Galatasaray in his last five games.
Then in fifth, the bright light in a dismal season for Real Madrid, Karim Benzema, with 10 goals in his last seven games moves into the top-five for the first time this season.
Golden Shoe top-five:
1. Messi (33 goals, 66pts) - FC Barcelona
2. Mbappe (30 goals, 54pts) - Paris Saint Germain
3. Quagliarella (22 goals, 42pts) - Sampdoria
4. Diagne (28 goals, 42pts) - Kasimpasa/Galatasaray
5. Benzema (21 goals, 42pts) - Real Madrid
The Golden shoe race is based on a point metric system based on goals scored and level of the league's competitiveness.
In Spain, England, Italy, Germany and France goals are worth two.
In countries between six and 22 in UEFA's rankings 1.5.
The rest of the leagues 1 point.