Messi collects record 5th Golden Shoe

Lionel Messi Has Scored 50+ Goals In EIGHT Of The Last NINE Years

Messi now leads Europe in scoring once again, with 14 goals, and is quickly moving up the Golden Shoe points ranking.

Modric, 33, broke Messi and Ronaldo's decade-long stranglehold on the prestigious prize last month feels their absence at the Gala in Paris on December 3 was "unfair" to their fellow professionals and even the journalists who voted.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor netted 34 goals in 36 appearances in La Liga last campaign, helping the Catalan side to the domestic title.

"The truth is I didn't expect all of this when I started out", Messi said during the presentation in Barcelona.

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi collected a-record fifth Golden Shoe award on Tuesday for emerging top scorer in Europe's top leagues last term. "I have the best players in the world in their positions around me and I'm in the best team in the world and so it's much easier to achieve objectives like this as others of my teammates have done [Luis Suárez won the Golden Boot in 2016]".

The Argentine previously finished top of the pile in 2009/10 (34), 2011/12 (50), 2012/13 (46), and in 2016/17 (37). "The years go by and I try to take care of myself, as I have done my whole career, and more, because the games are increasingly demanding".

Messi is Barcelona's all-time leading scorer with the club crediting him with 572 goals in 655 games.

Messi also spoke about his side's Champions League opponents when he received his award.

"It's unfair to fellow players and voters who have nominated them in the past 10 years, as well as to football and the fans".

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