Messi Awarded 4th European Golden Shoe, Equals Ronaldo’s Record
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi received his fourth European Golden Shoe award on Friday after netting 37 times in La Liga in 2016-17.
The Argentinian headed Sporting CP’s Bas Dost (34 goals in Portugal’s Primeira Liga) and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (31 in the Bundesliga) in the top three to claim the award for Europe’s top goalscorer.
After also winning the award in 2012-13 (46 league goals), 2011-12 (50) and 2009-10 (34), Messi is now tied with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for most regular winner of the Golden Shoe.
Messi’s 37 goals last season came in 34 Spanish top-flight appearances, but they ultimately came in a losing cause as Real pipped Barca to the title. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has netted 12 goals in 12 games so far in the 2017-18 La Liga campaign.
He is trailing Lazio’s Ciro Immobile and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani, who have netted 15 goals in Serie A and Ligue 1, respectively. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Monaco’s Radamel Falcao and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi have all netted 13 times.
Ronaldo, though, does not look like troubling the upper echelon of the European Golden Shoe rankings any time soon, as he has netted just once in La Liga so far. Messi, 30, will be looking to add to his La Liga tally on Sunday when top-of-the-table Barca face second-placed Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium.