An astonishing haul of 36 goals in La Liga last season was enough to earn Barcelona’s Lionel Messi a record sixth Golden Shoe award
The flattering award is presented to the leading goalscorer in Europe’s top-five leagues in a single campaign, and it is the third year in a row that the 32-year-old wizard claims the prize.
Messi’s fiercest competitor, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain, scored 33 goals in the 2018/19 Ligue 1 campaign, which left him three goals short of the Argentinean’s goal output.
Also, Messi’s arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is now left two awards adrift of the Barcelona captain after netting “just” 21 goals for Juventus in Serie A last term.
However, a series of injuries that have been keeping the Argentina international out of action for the majority of the new season will probably prevent him from making a similar impact this year.
Restricted to only three league outings in 2019/20 campaign so far, the Catalans’ best-ever goalscorer has netted just one goal, which puts him five goals short of La Liga’s leading scorer Karim Benzema of Real Madrid.