Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo in European Golden Shoe race

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Leo Messi's two goals in Barcelona's win over Eibar have put the Argentine ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for Europe's Golden Shoe.

Leo Messi's two goals in Barcelona's win over Eibar have put the Argentine ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in both the Spanish Pichichi and the race for Europe's Golden Shoe.

Messi scored his 31st and 32nd goals in the 2014-15 La Liga campaign, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo, whose recent dip in form has allowed his El Clasico counterpart to recover from a slow start to the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo came surging out of the gates to start the season, while Messi continued to take a backseat as the team adjusted to their massive summer changeover.

Messi's preference in providing assists over scoring goals led to Cristiano having as much as a 12-goal advantage over the Argentine by 13th December with the Portuguese international scoring 25 goals to Messi's 13.

However, the start of 2015 has been a far different story for the La Liga giants, as Barcelona's form has improved as the team continues to build chemistry, which has allowed Messi to score 17 goals in La Liga, in just two months while Cristiano has stagnated scoring just five in the new year.

Messi has also climbed atop the European Golden Shoe race, with Cristiano coming in second, JK Tallinna Kalev's Kabaev in third, Eintracht's Meier in fourth and Lyon's Lacazette to round out the Top 5.

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