25th May, 2019
Good News it was as for all Lionel Messi and Barcelona fans as the mercurial player was declared the winner of the European Golden Shoe award for the sixth time in his illustrious career.
He came first after having scored 36 goals.
Messi was followed on the standings by Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint Germain who came second with a total of 33 goals. The third position went to Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella, who scored 26 goals in 36 games this season. Although Serie A still has a game week left to play, Quagliarella scoring 11 goals in a single game to pip Lionel Messi to the award is surely considered improbable.
Interestingly, Messi has become the very first player to win the award this award for three seasons in a row. He came top with 34 goals last season and banged in 37 in 2016/17.He has now won the award on six different occasions, which is the most by any player who ever contested for the honour.
As to be expected, the closest player to him on the all time list is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award four times. A couple of other players won the award on two occasions, including Thierry Henry, Luis Suarez and Gerd Muller.