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Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez nearing European Golden Shoe podium

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was unable to help the Catalans to a good result against Real Sociedad at the weekend as the Argentina international failed to find the net.

Nevertheless, the tricky attacker's first spot in the European Golden Shoe wasn't endangered, because Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho opted to leave out Cristiano Ronaldo for the home match against Real Zaragoza.

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