Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are hustling to beat each other to be the best goalscorer of 2018. FC Barcelona’s D10S, Messi, has 47 goals in the date-book year, three more than Juventus’ CR7. Anyway the Argentine has just a single more match left to play, while Ronaldo has three with Juve.
The two players have won five Ballon d’Ors, however in the Golden Shoe races Messi is ahead by one, five to four, accepting the fifth this week.
Messi has hit 47 goals for club and nation in 2018 and faces Celta Vigo with Barcelona on Saturday. That is his last chance to add to his count.
Ronaldo has 44 for Madrid, Juve and Portugal, yet faces Roma on Dec 22, Atalanta on Dec 26 and Sampdoria on Dec 29.
The team have few adversaries. Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich has 42 goals yet just a single game left, against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has 38 and one gave against Espanyol remaining.
Harry Kane has 37 with three Spurs matches to go. He beat Messi a year ago with 56 objectives, two more than the Argentine.