Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said that he “never imagined having so much success” after being presented with a record fifth European Golden Shoe award.
The Argentine scored 34 goals in 36 La Liga appearances in 2017-18, making him the highest goal-scorer in Europe ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (32).
Messi’s latest Golden Shoe award moves him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won four in total.
“The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started,” said Messi.
“I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success, I love the game, but I never imagined I would have so much.”
Tottenham’s Harry Kane finished third in the rankings with 30 Premier League goals, while former Real Madrid forward Ronaldo – now at Juventus – ended the season with 26 goals in 27 league matches.
Messi currently leads Europe’s goal-scoring charts once again, with 14 goals so far this term, as he targets a sixth Golden Shoe award.