Messi gets handed the fifth Golden Boot of his career

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 18: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona poses with his five European Golden Shoe awards after receiving the 2017-18 Season European Golden Shoe award for Europe's top scorer for the fifth time during the Golden Shoe Award Ceremony on December 18, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

In a closed ceremony organized by Marca, Lionel Messi made history after being handed the fifth Golden Boot of his career as a professional.

Just as it was scheduled for this Tuesday, Marca finally made the ceremony for Lionel Messi’s fifth Golden Boot ceremony as the player surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo’s four accolades in this department.

This is arguably one of the few individual awards that the FC Barcelona star gets this season after scoring 34 La Liga goals with the Catalan club and surpassing the likes of Mohamed Salah, Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane, and Cristiano Ronaldo himself.

Messi attended the ceremony and spoke about how surreal all this success has been for him, he also talked about FC Barcelona’s next Champions League rival.

“I did not expect all of this when I started,” said Messi to Marca.

“My dream was to be a professional, to be able to succeed in football. There was some recognition for his teammates at the Blaugrana as they help him secure these individual accolades.”

“I enjoy the work, the effort and, above all, the teammates. I am in the best team in the world, I am next to the best in the world in their positions and that makes everything easier [when it comes to] winning these awards.”

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“Lyon was not the strongest name [in the hat], but it will be complicated,” added Messi.

“They were equal when they played [Manchester] City; they will be difficult to advance against. It’s a long way away, a lot of things can happen between now and February.”

“We don’t know how they’re going to be, how we’re going to be, but we know it’s going to be a complicated game,” he concluded.