From Eusebio and Muller to Ronaldo and Rush, the list of players to have won the Golden Shoe award for most important league goals in all of Europe is a who’s who of history’s deadliest ever strikers. The imperious Leo Messi went one better than all of those illustrious names this week, becoming the first to win the award three times.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi poses after receiving the European Golden Boot 2012 award for best European goalscorer of the 2011-2012 season, on October 29, 2012 in Barcelona. Messi scored a Spanish-league record of 50 goals for Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/LLUIS GENE. (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi poses after receiving the European Golden Boot 2012 award for best European goalscorer of the 2011-2012 season, on October 29, 2012 in Barcelona. Messi scored a Spanish-league record of 50 goals for Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/LLUIS GENE. (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi displays his Bota de Oro 2010' trophy awarded as the best European player on October 3, 2010 prior to their first league football match against Mallorca at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi displays his Bota de Oro 2010′ trophy awarded as the best European player on October 3, 2010 prior to their first league football match against Mallorca at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 23: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona poses the Golden Boot for scoring 46 goals last season prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Granda CF at Camp Nou on November 23, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 23: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona poses the Golden Boot for scoring 46 goals last season prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Granda CF at Camp Nou on November 23, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

An incredible 46 league goals for Barcelona in their 2012-13 campaign saw the club reclaim the La Liga title from arch rivals Real Madrid, winning the superstar his record third Golden Shoe trophy. “I dedicate this award to my family, to the people who are there in the toughest times and my team-mates,” he told fans at a ceremony in Barcelona last week. “I want to thank them because without them I wouldn’t have achieved anything. It’s a prize for the squad.”

As the Argentine wonder, currently sidelined with a groin injury, presented his latest piece of silverware to the Nou Camp crowd, Barca fans cheered a player who just can’t stop breaking records, even when injured. With 8 goals in 11 matches so far this term, the question on everyone’s lips is: can he do it again this season? With Messi, nothing is impossible.

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