Messi’s fifth win of the Golden Shoe Award breaks the tie he had with Cristiano Ronaldo who has 4 Golden Shoe Awards.

Messi scored 34 goals in La Liga last season and lead Barcelona to the title again whilst Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was the second leading scorer in Europe’s domestic leagues having scored 32 goals in the English Premier League.

Ronaldo, who has won the award four times, hit 26 goals in 52 matches for Real Madrid last season.

Messi has won the award in 2009-10 (34 goals), 2011-12 (50), 2012-13 (46) and 2016-17 (37).

The Argentina forward currently leads Europe’s top leagues once again with 14 goals this season and it looks like he could be on course to win another one.

“The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started,” Messi said after being presented with his latest prize. “I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success, I love the game, but I never imagined I would have so much.

“I enjoy the work, the effort, I’m at the best team in the world and play with the best team-mates in the world, so everything is easier.”

The ceremony was attended by Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, as well as fellow teammates Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto.

The 31-year-old Messi is Barca’s all-time leading scorer. The club credit him with 572 goals in 655 games.

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