Lionel Messi received his sixth European Golden Shoe on Wednesday after once again topping the scoring charts across the continent last season.
The Barcelona captain banged in 36 goals, pipping PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella to the prestigious award.
Messi has now won the Golden Shoe for the last three seasons in a row and has claimed the title more times than any other player.
His sons Mateo and Thiago were at the presentation and handed over the award at the Antigua Fabrica Estrella Damm.
Messi offered a few words of thanks afterwards, picking out two team-mates in particular who had helped him land the award.
“Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba, who are here, are two of the biggest reasons why I can receive this award. Without my team I could never have won one, this is a trophy for everyone, a recognition of the entire dressing room.”
The Barca captain has some catching up to do on the goals front this season. Injury has disrupted his campaign and mean he missed the start of the season. He scored his first goal against Sevilla in Barca’s final game before the international break.