Messi thanks team-mates after receiving European Golden Shoe

The Blaugrana magician is delighted with the prestigious prize for scoring the most goals of any player in Europe last season, having beaten Cristiano Ronaldo by just four
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi thanked his team-mates for helping him to add another trophy to his collection, after receiving the 2011/12 European Golden Shoe.

The 25-year-old edged out fellow Liga star Cristiano Ronaldo, who hit the back of the net an impressive 46 times, in comparison to Messi's haul of 50.

That tally was enough to break former Dinamo Bucharest striker Dudu Georgescu's record of 47 goals, which has stood since the 1976-77 season.

''It is a prize for scoring goals, but without my team-mates I couldn't have scored them,'' he told reporters.

"I remember goals not because of their beauty, but because of their importance.

"I am happy to win my second Golden Shoe. Although individual trophies are not what I compete for, I play to win team trophies."

The Argentine then thanked his Camp Nou employers and revealed he hopes to stay at the club for the whole of his career.

"I'm grateful to Barcelona for what they've done for me. My dream is to end my career at the club, before returning to Argentina," Messi added.

His club coach Tito Vilanova also took the time to comment on his player's achievement, claiming the forward was a unique phenomenon.

"Messi Golden Shoe? I don't think we'll ever see another player like Leo. Mainly because of the way he understands the game."


Eusebio Benfica 1967-68 & 1972-73
Gerd Muller Bayern Munich 1969-70 & 1972-73
Dudu Georgescu Dinamo Bucharest 1974-75 & 1976-77
Fernando Gomes Porto 1982-83 & 1984-85
Ally McCoist Rangers 1991-92 & 1992-93
Mario Jardel Porto & Sporting Lisbon 1998-99 & 2001-02
Thierry Henry Arsenal 2003-04 & 2004-05
Diego Forlan Villarreal & Atletico Madrid 2004-05 & 2008-09
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United & Real Madrid 2007-08 & 2010-11
Lionel Messi Barcelona 2009-10 & 2011-12