On Sunday, Lionel Messi spurned the chance to move back out in front as the top European marksman of 2017 after missing a penalty in Barcelona's 4-0 defeat of Deportivo on Sunday.
The Argentina forward failed to beat goalkeeper Rubén Martínez from the spot and also hit the woodwork on three occasions as he remained on 53 goals for club and country in the calendar year. He continues to share top spot with Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo, who drew level with Real Madrid's winner in the FIFA Club World Cup final on Saturday.
Messi and Ronaldo will come face to face in their last chance to find the net this year when Liga leaders Barcelona visit Madrid in Saturday's Clásico. Bayern's Lewandowski and Paris striker Edinson Cavani both contest their final games of 2017 in midweek, while Tottenham's Harry Kane has two fixtures remaining to catch his rivals.
50 goals or more in 2017*
53 Robert Lewandowski (54 appearances, 0.98 goals per game)
53 Cristiano Ronaldo (59, 0.90)
53 Lionel Messi (63, 0.83)
52 Edinson Cavani (61, 0.85)
50 Harry Kane (50, 1.00)
Twelve into three won't go
All five players are shortlisted for the UEFA.com fans' Team of the Year 2017 along with Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Paulo Dybala, Radamel Falcao, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Dries Mertens. But you can only choose two or three so who is it to be?
*For club and country, excluding club friendlies
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