Messi equals Ronaldo with fourth European Golden Shoe
Lionel Messi drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo's tally of four European Golden Shoes after receiving the award at a ceremony on Friday.
The Barcelona superstar claimed the prize – handed to Europe's top goalscorer – for his 37 La Liga strikes in 2016-17.
It is the fourth time Messi has taken the honours, after his successes in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
His impressive tally came from 34 top-flight games and saw him top the charts ahead of Sporting CP's Bas Dost, who netted 34 in the Primeira Liga, while Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rounded out the top three with 31.
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Ronaldo, winner of the award in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015, scored 25 league goals last season and did not make the top five.
Last year's victor and Messi's Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez was fifth this time around with 29, one fewer than Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.