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Messi receives 4th European Golden Shoe award

Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has received the European Golden Shoe award for the fourth time on Friday.

The award is given to the highest goalscorer in Europe each season and the Argentine is the latest recipient after he netted 37 goals in 34 matches last season.

He beat Sporting Lisbon’s Bas Dost (34 goals), Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (31 goals) and Luis Suarez (29) to the award.

Messi has now won on four occasions – in 2009/10 (34goals), 2011/12 (50 goals) and 2012/13 (46 goals) – equalling the record of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Read also: Footballer Robinho sentenced to prison for taking part in a gang rapeSpeaking at the event in Barcelona on Friday, Messi said: “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.

“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,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Messi is currently on top of the scorers’ charts in La Liga this season, with 12 goals in 12 games.

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