Lionel Messi received his record fifth Golden Shoe award on Tuesday for leading all of Europe’s soccer leagues in scoring last season.
Messi’s fifth win breaks moves him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Golden Shoe stakes.
Barcelona star Messi scored 34 goals last season to lead his club to the title.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was the second leading scorer of Europe’s domestic leagues with 32 goals in the Premier League.
Messi also won the award in 2009-10 (34 goals), 2011-12 (50), 2012-13 (46) and 2016-17 (37).
And the Argentina forward currently leads Europe’s top leagues with 14 goals this season.
‘I love football, but when I started I didn’t expect all this. My dream was to be a professional player,’ Messi said.
‘This is thanks to the hard work and effort I have put in, and above all to my teammates. I have the best players in the world at their positions playing beside me.’
Thirty-one-year-old Messi is Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer with 572 goals in 655 games.
The Golden Shoe is awarded by European Sports Media, an association of European sports newspapers and magazines.