Barcelona's Lionel Messi equals Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo with fourth European Golden Shoe award
Lionel Messi insisted he was getting better with age after receiving the European Golden Shoe award for the fourth time on Friday.
Barcelona: Lionel Messi insisted he was getting better with age after receiving the European Golden Shoe award for the fourth time on Friday.
The 30-year-old Argentine won the prize for being the top scorer in Europe's leading leagues last season after netting 37 times for Barcelona.
"I have always said that I don't consider myself to be a striker, but I have been lucky enough to always score goals and win individual prizes," the five-time Ballon d'Or winner said after being handed the trophy at a ceremony in Barcelona.
"As I have progressed off the field, I think I have also done so on the pitch.
"I have improved and added things to my game and I enjoy myself more and more every day as a player."
Messi won the trophy ahead of Bas Dost, who scored 34 goals for Sporting Lisbon last season, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, on target 31 times for Borussia Dortmund.
Previously the winner in 2010, 2012 and 2013, Messi equals Cristiano Ronaldo in claiming a fourth Golden Shoe. The Real Madrid superstar was the winner in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015.
Messi succeeds his Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez, the 2016 winner who handed over the trophy on Friday.
Messi is on top of the scorers' charts in La Liga again this season, with 12 goals in 12 games.
Since joining Real in 2009, the 33-year-old Frenchman has scored nearly 300 goals for the Madrid club.
Despite a glittering career that has seen him help Barcelona to win the Champions League four times, LaLiga 10 times, and the Copa Del Rey seven times, Messi's hopes of matching that with international success were repeatedly frustrated.
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The title ended Argentina's 28-year drought of major trophies, with Messi as the best player with four goals and five assists. The captain also broke the team's record for international appearances with 151 matches.