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.
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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