Britain's Most Prolific Striker

The race for the greatest individual prizes in gary goal celebrationfootball is back on!

The Golden Shoe and Espadrille are swiftly becoming two of the most prestigious awards in the game, with past winners including Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba.

We all love goals and we love the men who score them even more, but just who are the best at sticking the ball in the back of the net?

Is it the player who nets the most, or the striker that always seems to pop up with that vital goal in big matches?

Well here at Soccer AM we think the players with the best goals-to-games ratio should be recognised, which is why every week we - with a little help from our friends at Opta - will be revealing who are statistically the best front men in Europe.

The Golden Shoe takes into account all the players from the top four divisions in England as well as the SPL, while The Espadrille will be focusing on the best forwards from Italy's Serie A, Spain's Primera Division and, of course, our very own English and Scottish top flights.

To qualify, players must have played in at least half of their side's matches this season and only league goals count.

The Golden Shoe

Following a season of twists and turns, the Premier League title was settled at Ewood Park on Saturday, however, the race for this year's Golden Shoe will go down to the wire!

For many it's simply been the sub-plot to an enthralling season, but for those involved it means everything, just ask Gary Hooper and Robin van Persie!

Hooper ended his SPL campaign with a solitary effort in Celtic's 4-0 win over Motherwell to maintain his advantage at the top of the table.

However, he still faces an agonising wait to see if he will be crowned this year's champion, with Robin van Persie breathing down his neck.

The Arsenal star's late strike against Aston Villa made it 17 goals in his last 16 Premier League games, but he will need at least a hat-trick to overtake Celtic's top Bhoy!

Elsewhere, Carlos Tevez showed he's lost none of his goalscoring instincts following a spell on the touchline, with a brace in Manchester City 3-0 win over Stoke.

The all-action Argentina international took his season's tally to 20 in just 30 appearances and City fans will be praying he remains at the club for the foreseeable future.

PLAYERTEAM GOALSGAMESRATIO
Gary Hooper Celtic 20 26 0.77
Robin van Persie Arsenal 17 24 0.71
Nikica Jelavic Rangers 16 23 0.70
Carlos Tevez Manchester City 20 30 0.67
Clayton Donaldson Crewe 28 43 0.65
Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United 20 31 0.65
Cody McDonald Gillingham 25 41 0.61
Craig Mackail-Smith Peterborough 27 45 0.60
Kris Commons Derby/Celtic 24 40 0.60
Ryan Lowe Bury 27 46 0.59

*Accurate as of 18/05/11

The Golden Espadrille

Cristiano Ronaldo planted his foot deeper into the Golden Espadrille by producing two wonderful free-kicks to move to 38 goals in 33 appearances for the season.

The Real Madrid forward struck in the 22nd minute at Villarreal - and was on target with another deadly set-piece in injury time to cement a 3-1 win for Jose Mourinho's men.

Portugal's most famous son now has a goals-to-games ratio of 1.15 and has moved further ahead of his arch-rival Lionel Messi, who has failed to notch in Barcelona's last four La Liga games.

Third-placed Antonio di Natale also endured a barren week despite Udinese's 2-0 win at Chievo, and Celtic's Gary Hooper closed the gap as his effort in the 4-0 win over Motherwell took his ratio to 0.77.

Elsewhere, Robin van Persie, Nikica Jelavic, Carlos Tevez (2) and Samuel Eto'o all improved their records.

PLAYERTEAM GOALSGAMESRATIO
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 38 33 1.15
Lionel Messi Barcelona 31 33 0.94
Antonio Di Natale Udinese 28 35 0.80
Gary Hooper Celtic 20 26 0.77
Edinson Cavani Napoli 26 35 0.74
Robin van Persie Arsenal 17 24 0.71
Nikica Jelavic Rangers 16 23 0.70
Carlos Tevez Manchester City 20 30 0.67
Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United 20 31 0.65
Samuel Eto'o Internazionale 21 34 0.62

*Accurate as of 18/05/11