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Messi wins Golden Shoe

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By Peter Smith

Last Updated: 29/05/17 11:25am

Lionel Messi scored 37 goals in La Liga for Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored 37 goals in La Liga for Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored 37 goals in La Liga for Barcelona

Lionel Messi has won a record-equalling fourth Golden Shoe after finishing the season as the top scorer in Europe with 37 goals.

The Argentina international claimed the prize for a fourth time, matching Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s record haul.

With the Golden Shoe ranking working on a points basis, which weights the strength of Europe’s leagues, Messi’s goals earned him 74 points.

That put him six points clear of Sporting Lisbon’s Bas Dost, who scored 34 times for 68 points, and 12 ahead of third-placed Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (31 goals, 62 points).

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Ronaldo, in contrast, had a relatively modest goal return by his own remarkable standards, scoring 25 times in La Liga – although the Portuguese helped and upcoming Champions League final appearance.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane, the Premier League’s top scorer, finished joint-fifth, with his 29 goals earning 58 points, level with Roma’s Edin Dzeko.

Golden Shoe Ranking

Player Team Goals Points
L. Messi Barcelona 37 74
B. Dost Sporting Lisbon 34 68
P.E. Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund 31 62
R. Lewandowski Bayern Munich 30 60
E. Dzeko Roma 29 58
H. Kane Tottenham 29 58
L. Suarez Barcelona 28 56
D. Mertens Napoli 28 56
E. Cavani PSG 35 52.5
A. Belotti Torino 26 52

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