Lionel Messi wins fifth European Golden ShoePosted By: Patience Rutayisire - On:21/05/2018
The Barcelona forward was trailing Mohamed Salah in April, but eight goals in the Argentine's last six La Liga games - including hat-tricks against Leganes and Deportivo - saw Messi finish two clear of the Liverpool winger.
It is the fifth time Messi has claimed the award (2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2016-17), moving the 30-year-old one clear of Cristiano Ronaldo.
After hitting 30 Premier League goals for the first time, Harry Kane finished third in the Golden Shoe standings, while Messi's record-breaking win was confirmed after Serie A duo Ciro Immobile (Lazio) and Mauro Icardi (Inter) finished on 29 strikes, along with Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani finished seventh with 28 goals in Ligue 1, while Ronaldo bounced back from a poor start in La Liga to finish with 26 league goals for Real Madrid.
Completing the top 10 are Benfica's Jonas - who, despite also scoring 34 goals, comes ninth due to the Primeira Liga having a weaker coefficient - and Barcelona's Luis Suarez, who scored 25 times this season.