Lionel Messi Claims Record Fifth European Golden Shoe 

The Barcelona forward was trailing Mohamed Salah in April, but eight goals in the Argentine’s last six La Liga games – including hat-tricks against Leganes and Deportivo – saw Messi finish two clear of the Liverpool winger.

It is the fifth time Messi has claimed the award (2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2016-17), moving the 30-year-old one clear of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi’s final league goal of the season was a sensational strike in Barcelona’s 5-1 win against Villarreal

After hitting 30 Premier League goals for the first time, Harry Kane finished third in the Golden Shoe standings, while Messi’s record-breaking win was confirmed after Serie A duo Ciro Immobile (Lazio) and Mauro Icardi (Inter) finished on 29 strikes, along with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani finished seventh with 28 goals in Ligue 1, while Ronaldo bounced back from a poor start in La Liga to finish with 26 league goals for Real Madrid.

Completing the top 10 are Benfica’s Jonas – who, despite also scoring 34 goals, comes ninth due to the Primeira Liga having a weaker coefficient – and Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, who scored 25 times this season.

European Golden Shoe final standings

Name                     Goals                            Points

Lionel Messi             34                                 68
Mohamed Salah       32                                 64
Harry Kane               30                                 60
Mauro Icardi             29                                 58
Ciro Immobile           29                                 58
Robert Lewandowski 29                                58
Edinson Cavani         28                                56
Cristiano Ronaldo     26                                 52
Jonas                        34                                 51
Luis Suarez               25                                 50

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