CR7's Golden Shoe chances slipping?


After Cristiano Ronaldo was rested by Juventus this weekend his Golden Shoe rivals had the chance of further enhancing their chances of securing the coveted title.

Ronaldo, 35, was not involved in 10-man Juve's 2-0 win over Brescia on Sunday as manager Maurizio Sarri opted to rest the club-record signing.

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After scoring in 10 consecutive Serie A games, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner soared into the top-three in the race for the Golden Shoe honour with 20 goals in as many games.

And both Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Ciro Immobile of Lazio found the net for their respective sides to further gap.

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Immobile's found the net in the thrilling 2-1 win over Inter, which helped the Bianconeri moved back to the summit of the Italian top-flight while moving Simone Inzaghi's side just one point of the champions.

With Lewandowski (23) just three goals off Immobile, he's challenged by Timo Werner (20) and Erling Braut Haaland (24) in the Bundesliga for the Golden Boot.

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Eight of Haaland's goals for his new club Borussia Dortmund has arrived in just two starts and two substitute appearances, while 16 were scored in the Austrian Bundesliga with RB Leipzig.

And with the Austrian top-flight outside Europe's top-five leagues, those 16 strikes only count for 1.5 points per goal in the Golden Shoe rankings.

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The Premier League representatives within the top 10 include Jamie Vardy of Leicester City and Manchester City record-scorer Sergio Aguero, who both have 17 to their name.

While AS Monaco's Wissam Ben Yedder and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe of Ligue 1 round of the top 10.