BARCELONA Lionel Messi has become the first player to win Europes Golden Shoe award for three straight years after his nearest challenger Kylian Mbappe failed to score the four goals he needed in Paris St Germains final league match of the season on Friday.
Messi earned the honour, which goes to the leading scorer in league matches in Europes top divisions, for a record-extending sixth time after finding the net 36 times for Barcelona, while Mbappe ended the campaign on 33 goals after scoring PSGs only goal in a 3-1 loss at Stade de Reims.
While Messis goal haul helped his side clinch the La Liga title last month the 31-year-old Argentine said earlier on Friday that he was not giving the Golden Shoe race much thought with the side still coming to terms with their Champions League semi-final elimination to Liverpool.
I havent been thinking about that prize at all, we are still coping with what happened against Liverpool and Im not thinking about personal awards, Messi told a news conference ahead of Saturdays Copa del Rey final against Valencia.
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