Messi storms into Golden Shoe race

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Lionel Messi's four-goal haul has seen him storm back into the reckoning for the European Golden Shoe, while Cristiano Ronaldo netted for an 11th consecutive Serie A game.

Messi ended his four-game scoring drought in LaLiga in emphatic fashion with four goals in the 5-0 thumping of Eibar on Saturday.

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His exploits on the day also took him to 1002 goal contributions (goals and assists) in just 853 career games for club and country across all competitions.

And with that, the record six-time Ballon d'Or winner, who was seemingly fading out of the race for the top scorers' title across Europe, moved back into the top six.

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In the process, he also moved ahead of Inter striker Romelu Lukaku, Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester City talisman Sergio Aguero.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo, who was back into the Juventus line-up, netted his 17th league goal in the remarkable 11-game streak in the Italian top-flight as he maintained his third-place spot.

Only Robert Lewandowski (25) and Ciro Immobile, who became the first player in 61 years to score 27 goals after 25 matches, has netted more than the 35-year-old forward.

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Bundesliga duo Timo Werner and Erling Haaland round off the list with 21 goals and 25 goals respectively.

However, Haaland's points tally is lower due to his goals being scored in a league ranked lower than Europe's top-five, during his stint at RB Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga.

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