REAL MADRID forward CRISTIANO RONALDO is currently leading the SPANISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE Top Goal scorer Award for season 2010-2011 (“El Pichichi”) & the "European Golden Boot (Shoe) Award" for the continents Top scorer. This is provision as the season hasn’t finished as yet & it is very close in the Top spots between Ronaldo, Messi (FC Barcelona) & Di Natale (Udinese).
|Cristiano Ronaldo 2011|
Said this, there exists confusion & controversy concerning the “true” goal numbers in reference to Ronaldo, a difference which could play a vital role in the “European Golden Boot Award”. Allow me to help explain to readers the “controversy” & the current situation of things.
The goal of all the confusion is the free kick below (VIDEO) which CRISTIANO RONALDO took in the Spanish League match against Real Sociedad back in 2010. The free-kick was a goal but was deflected by team-mate PEPE. So what happened? Few important media gave the goal to Ronaldo, others - the majority - gave it to Pepe & - here is the important piece – the referee put in his final match report that the goal went to Pepe. UEFA takes into account the referees post – match report which counts towards for the “Golden Ball (Shoe) Award. Plus, most Spanish media also took as "law" the referees final report.
In Spain, the leading goal scorer award “El Pichichi” is sponsored by Spanish Sports paper “Marca” & they DO give the Real Sociedad free-kick goal to Cristiano Ronaldo.
So for the many readers who are wondering how the standing is "right now" for “El Pichichi” & the "European Golden Boot (Shoe)" here are the provisional tables with local League matches still to be played:
Spanish Sports paper “Marca”:
Cristiano Ronaldo 34 goals
Spanish Sports magazine "Don Balon":
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 33 goals
Messi Barcelona 31
Villa Barcelona 18
Rossi Villarreal 18
Llorente Athletic 17
Agüero Atlético 17
European Golden Boot (Shoe) Award provisional standings by "Don Balon". Don Balon is a press member of "ESM", the organization that ratifies the title:
Goals Coef. Points
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid (SP) 33 2 66
2 Lionel Messi Barcelona (SP) 31 2 62
3 Antonio Di Natale Udinese (ITA) 28 2 56
4 Mario Gómez Bayern (GER) 27 2 54
5 Edison Cavani Nápoles (ITA) 26 2 52
6 Papis Cissé Friburgo (GER) 22 2 44
7 Dimitar Berbatov Man. United (ENG) 21 2 42
Moussa Sow Lille (FRA) 21 2 42
9 Samuel Eto'o Inter (ITA) 20 2 40
Kevin Gameiro Lorient (FRA) 20 2 40
As you can see, Spanish Sports daily "Marca" gives Ronaldo 34 goals, while the rest - including UEFA - gives 33 goals.
Stay tuned for the final result.