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The Barcelona forward has claimed the accolade for the continent's top league goalscorer, bagging himself a half century of strikes during the 2011-12 season.

Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe award as the continent's top scorer.

The Argentine superstar scored an incredible 50 league goals over the campaign, and finished the season four goals clear of nearest rival Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga.

Messi failed to find the net on Saturday, as Barcelona drew 2-2 with Real Betis in Pep Guardiola's final league game in charge of the Catalans, but he could not be caught by Ronaldo, who netted just one as Real Madrid beat Malaga 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Robin van Persie ended the term on 30 goals, but failed to find the net as Arsenal beat West Brom 3-2 at the Hawthorns to confirm the Gunners place in the Champions League next season.

The Bundesliga came to a close last weekend, where Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Mario Gomez finished on 29 and 26 goals respectively.

In fifth place, Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the first person to win the capocannoniere (Serie A's top scorer award) with two different clubs as he ended his campaign with 28 goals for Milan, despite not scoring in the club's 2-1 win at home to Novara.

Wayne Rooney came in closely behind with 27 goals, as he bagged the winner in Manchester United's 1-0 win at Sunderland.

Four players made up the rest of the places, all joined on 48 points for the season. Burak Yilmaz failed to find the net in Trabznspor's 1-1 draw with Besiktas on Friday as he ended the campaign with 32 goals.

Bas Dost's season wrapped up last weekend as he helped Heerenveen to fifth in the Eredivisie with 32 strikes.

Radamel Falcao ended his season on a high. He scored a late winner for Atletico Madrid as the team beat Villarreal to condemn the Yellow Submarine to relegation. He is joined at 24 goals by Diego Milito, who rounded off his superb 2012 with a penalty for Inter as the club went down 3-1 to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.



Rank

Player          

Country

Club

League

Weight

Goals

Points

1

L. Messi

ARG

Barcelona

ESP

2

50

100

2

C. Ronaldo

POR

Real Madrid

ESP

2

    46      92

3

R. v Persie

NED

Arsenal

ENG

2

30

60

4

K. Huntelaar

NED

Schalke

GER

2 29 58

5

Z. Ibrahimovic

SWE

AC Milan

ITA

2

28

56

6

W. Rooney

ENG

Man Utd

ENG

2

27

52

7

M. Gomez

GER

Bayern

GER

2

26

52

8

B. Yilmaz

TUR

Trabzonspor

TUR

1.5

32

48

=

B. Dost

NED

Heerenveen

NED

     1.5

32

48

=

R. Falcao

COL

Atl. Madrid

ESP

2

24

48

= D. Milito
ARG Inter ITA

2

24

      48


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