Messi wins sixth Golden Shoe in European league

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After scoring his 36th goal, Barcelona captain Leo Messi has been decorated with the sixth Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the European league.

Messi’s sons Thiago and Mateo presented their father with the trophy supervised by his wife, Antonella Rocuzzo and watched by team-mates, including Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba.

Messi dedicated the award “to my family, to my colleagues who are here. There are Luis and Jordi, who are two of the men to blame for this award.”

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“Without my team, I could not even have won the award once.”

Messi won the trophy for a third straight year, three more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi now has two more Golden Shoes than his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Luis Suarez is one of nine players on two. The award was created in 1967 when it was won by Eusebio.

Juliet Ekwebelam

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