LaLiga: 'I didn't expect all this,' says Barcelona forward Lionel Messi after claiming fifth Golden Shoe
Lionel Messi, who also earned the Golden Shoe award in 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2016-17, led Barcelona to a league and cup domestic double last season.
Madrid: Lionel Messi said he never expected to have such a successful career after receiving his fifth Golden Shoe on Tuesday, for being the top goalscorer in Europe last season.
The Barcelona forward scored 34 times in La Liga last season to claim his fifth Golden Shoe award, which is one more than Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo has won.
Messi pipped Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the prize after the Egyptian netted 32 times in the Premier League.
“When I started playing I did not expect all this. My dream was, obviously, to be a professional, but I didn’t imagine so much,” Messi said at a gala in Barcelona on Tuesday.
“This is thanks to hard work and effort and, above all, my team mates. I have the best players in the world in their positions playing beside me and that makes everything easier and lets me win these prizes,” he added.
Messi, who also earned the Golden Shoe in 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2016-17, led Barcelona to a league and cup domestic double last season.
The forward leads La Liga’s top scorers chart with 14 goals in this campaign, more than any other player in the top five European leagues.
Italy forward Chiesa played just the first half of Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Atalanta and in a statement Juve said that he had picked up a low-grade tear in his left thigh.
Klopp said he was making a pragmatic decision to ease the burden on his first-choice players after five matches in 15 days, with a busy festive programme also coming up
After scoring just four goals in 11 appearances this term for PSG, the 34-year-old will need an upturn in fortunes to be named the world's best player again next year