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Former Argentina coach Diego Maradona believes Barcelona star Lionel Messi can the European Golden Boot many times.

Former Argentina boss Diego Maradona has declared that Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi fully deserves the European Golden Boot and could win many more in his career.

Still just 23-year-old, Messi will collect the accolade on Thursday for the most domestic league goals scored in Europe last season. The Argentinean netted 34 goals for Barca in just 35 appearances and although Luis Suarez scored 35 league goals for Ajax, Messi finished higher as the Primera Liga holds a greater weighting than the Eredivisie.

"Messi has earned the Golden Boot and it's well deserved and hopefully he will win many more," Marca quote Maradona as saying.

Didier Drogba of Premier League champions Chelsea and Antonio di Natale of Udinese finished joint second, despite having netted six goals less than the Uruguayan, while Gonzalo Higuain also finished above Suarez in the final rankings.

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