Lionel Messi’s was the deadliest striker in Europe after he claimed the Golden Shoe. The Argentine banged in 37 goals in just 34 league appearances for Barcelona in the 2016/17 season.
And with a UEFA coefficient of of 2, he finished with 74 points. It is the fourth time he has claimed the prize, having claimed it in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Messi’s closest challenger was Sporting CP forward Bas Dost. The Dutchman netted 34 times but still finished six points short of the South American.
Another Barcelona player and Messi’s strike partner, Luis Suarez, made the top ten with his 28 league goals. But Suarez came into the campaign defending this prize, having netted an incredible 40 times during the 2015-16 campaign.
Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez make Golden Shoe record
The Uruguayan passed on the relay baton to Messi making some bit of history. It was first time in history, 2 different players from the same team won the golden boot in consecutive years.
For the first time in history, 2 different players from the same team won the golden boot in consecutive years:
– 2016 Suarez
– 2017 Messi pic.twitter.com/iiVSuTdM6i
— adil (@Barca19stats) June 11, 2017