Lionel Messi scored two goals against Granada in La Liga to put himself on FootballCritic's Golden Shoe leaderboard for the first time in 2020/21.
The Barca star is now top goalscorer in the Spanish top flight after his double, which takes him to 11 goals for the campaign, ahead of Villarreal's Gerard Moreno on 10.
Even though Messi is now on the leaderboard, he has some distance to make up to reach the top spot as he is currently nine goals behind the runaway leader Robert Lewandowski, who took himself to 20 goals for the season for Bayern at the weekend.
Lewandowski's closest challenger at the moment is Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored Juventus' third and final goal versus Sassuolo. Depending on what historical stats you read, reports suggest that goal made him equal the top goalscorer of all time, Josef Bican, on 759 goals within the professional realms of the sport.
Erling Haaland made a goalscoring return to the starting XI for Dortmund after being missing with injury, and dutifully scored two goals to take his tally to 12 alongside the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Romelu Lukaku.
2020/21 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE STANDINGS
2020/21 European Golden Shoe
|Bruno Fernandes||Man Utd||11||22|
At this stage of the season, the leagues that run on the calendar year - ie 2020 - inevitably get a head start but these days with the league weightings, very few are still there by the end of the traditional 2020/21 campaign.
A reminder: The five elite leagues - Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 - all carry a weighting of 2, meaning that a player will be awarded two points for every goal they score in these competitions.
For the leagues ranked sixth to 30 in Uefa's coefficients rankings goals scored are given a weighting of 1.5, and goals scored in a league outwith the top 30, goals are given a weighting of 1.
2020/21 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE (Summer Leagues)
2020 European Golden Shoe
|Rauno Sappinen||Flora Tallinn||26||26|
|Jasur Yakhshiboev||Pakhtakor Tashkent||16||24|
|Mushaga Bakenga||Odds BK||15||22.5|
|Isaac Kiese Thelin||Malmo||14||21|
|Maksim Skavysh||BATE Borisov||19||19|
This is the 2020/21 European Golden Shoe race. If you want to see the final standing for the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe, follow this link.