Argentinian world-class striker Lionel Messi equalizes eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally of four European Golden Shoes after receiving the award at a ceremony in Barcelona on Friday.
The FC Barcelona superstar won the prize – handed to Europe’s top goalscorer – for his 37 LaLiga strikes in 2016-17.
This is the fourth time Messi has won the honors, after his successes in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Messi’s impressive tally came from 34 top-flight games and placed him top the charts ahead of Sporting CP’s Bas Dost, who netted 34 in the Primeira Liga, while Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rounded out the top three with 31.
Portuguese star striker Ronaldo has won the same award in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015. He scored 25 league goals last season for Real Madrid and did not make the top five.
Last year’s victor and Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez was fifth this time around with 29, one fewer than Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.