Lionel Messi has set yet another benchmark in terms of goalscoring after the Barcelona star claimed the 2012-13 European Golden Shoe and, in the process, became the first player to secure the award for a third time.

The European Golden Shoe is awarded every season to the leading scorer in league matches from the top division of every national league in Europe and, once again, Messi sits at the top of the pile.

The latest triumph of the Argentina international ensures he claims the prize for a third time in three seasons - having been thwarted by Cristiano Ronaldo two years ago - and ensures he surpasses a bevy of stars with a pair of triumphs each.

Ronaldo, a winner with both Manchester United and Real Madrid, is one behind Messi, as are Portuguese legend Eusebio, German World Cup winner Gerd Muller and former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry.

Dudu Georgescu, Fernando Gomes, Ally McCoist, Mario Jardel and Diego Forlan have all also claimed the award on two occasions, with Messi now ahead of each player on this illustrious list.

This season also features an number of prominent names, with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Edinson Cavani all finishing within the top 10 of the final standings.

The Golden Shoe rankings are not based solely on the volume of goals, but on a points system whereby each strike is weighted in accordance with the strength of the league in which they were scored.

Goals scored in each of Europe's top five divisions - as rated by UEFA coefficients - are multiplied by a factor of two to record the points total, whole strikes in leagues ranked sixth to 21st are multiplied by 1.5.

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