Soccer: Ronaldo knock helps Hakobyan hang on, Switzerland
March 8 2004

Ronaldo knock helps Hakobyan hang on

A weekend of injuries, cup action and wayward finishing ensured that
Ara Hakobyan is still the unlikely leader of the ESM Golden Shoe
standings as the majority of European leagues enter the final
straight of the season.

Something of a miracle
It would require something of a mircale for Hakobyan to top the
standings at the end of the season. Indeed, the FC Banants
sharpshooter, who hit 45 goals in the 2003 Armenian League season
which finished back in November, has looked like being overhauled for
several weeks now.

Ronaldo injury
Last week Real Madrid CF striker Ronaldo moved to within just one
point of Hakobyan and the Armenian’s tenure at the top looked set to
end, but the Brazilian failed to score at the weekend and even limped
off in the closing minutes of his side’s match against Real Racing
Club Santander with a hamstring injury that will keep him on the
sidelines for at least one league game.

No headway
Thierry Henry, who leads the rest of the chasing pack, was in top
form, but his two strikes for Arsenal FC in the FA Cup against
Portsmouth FC do not count in the Golden Shoe standings.

Makaay makes a move
SV Werder Bremen’s Ailton and AC Milan’s Andriy Shevchenko were among
the contenders who were in league action but both drew blanks and
were substituted during their clubs’ wins. One man who did score was
last year’s winner, Roy Makaay, whose two goals for FC Bayern München
against Bayer 04 Leverkusen lifted him six places to 14th.

Pos Name Club (Country) Gls Val Pts
1 Ara Hakobyan FC Banants (ARM) 45 1 45
2 Ronaldo Real Madrid CF (ESP) 22 2 44
3 Thierry Henry Arsenal FC (ENG) 20 2 40
3 Ailton SV Werder Bremen(GER) 20 2 40
5 Tor Henning Hamre FC Flora (EST) 39 1 39
6 Ruud van Nistelrooij Manchester U.FC(ENG) 18 2 36
6 Djibril Cissé AJ Auxerre (FRA) 18 2 36
6 Viktors Dobrecovs FHK Liepajas Metalurgs (LAT) 36 1 36
9 Alan Shearer Newcastle United FC (ENG) 17 2 34
9 Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan (ITA) 17 2 34
9 Louis Saha Fulham FC/Manchester United FC(ENG) 17 2 34
12 Roland Kollmann Grazer AK (AUT) 22 1.5 33
13 Henrik Larsson Celtic FC (SCO) 21 1.5 31.5
14 Salva Málaga CF (ESP) 15 2 30
14 Pierre-Alain Frau FC Sochaux-Montbéliard (FRA) 15 2 30
14 Roy Makaay FC Bayern München (GER) 15 2 30
17 Mista Valencia CF (ESP) 14 2 28
17 Francesco Totti AS Roma (ITA) 14 2 28
17 Martin Max FC Hansa Rostock (GER) 14 2 28
17 Didier Drogba Olympique de Marseille (FRA) 14 2 28

Last updated: 22 February 2003

Only the leading five countries (Spain, Italy, Germany, France and
England) on the UEFA Ranking have two as their multiplier. This is to
emphasise the difference in (international) performance level between
the clubs from those countries and those from the other countries.

A player cannot first play in a summer league (eg. Norway) and then
in a winter league (eg. Spain) and combine the points total for each

Figures from Voetbal International

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