Lionel Messi Awarded Record Fifth Golden Shoe

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says he “never imagined having so much success” after being presented with a record fifth European Golden Shoe award Tuesday.

Messi, 31, scored 34 goals in 36 La Liga appearances in 2017-18, making him the highest goalscorer in Europe for the fifth time ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah who scored 32 goals.

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The Argentine’s latest Golden Shoe award moves him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won four in total.

“The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started,” said Messi at the award presentation ceremony.

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“I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success, I love the game, but I never imagined I would have so much.”

Tottenham’s Harry Kane finished third in the rankings with 30 Premier League goals, while former Real Madrid forward Ronaldo – now at Juventus – ended the season with 26 goals in 27 league matches.

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Five-time ballon d’Or winner Messi currently leads Europe’s goalscoring charts once again, with 14 goals so far this season, as he targets a record-extending sixth Golden Shoe award.

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