Lionel Messi was presented with his sixth Golden Shoe today, 15 years since making his professional debut for Barcelona.
He scored a ridiculous 36 goals in La Liga last season, three more than second-placed Kylian Mbappe registered for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.
The Argentine has been more prolific in only four other league campaigns, with his best effort of 50 strikes coming in 2011-2012.
Messi’s bid for a seventh Golden Shoe has so far been held back by injuries.
The 32-year-old has featured in three of Barcelona’s eight La Liga fixtures this term, completing the full 90 minutes for the first time against Sevilla on October 10.
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Even while on the road back to peak condition, Messi has managed to contribute a goal and an assist to the Blaugrana cause.
The talismanic forward will get his next chance to find the back of the net when Barca travel to Eibar at the weekend.
The hosts - who are currently two points above the relegation zone - might’ve been hoping to come up against a less than fully fit Messi.
However, footage of Barcelona training ahead of the trip to the Basque Country suggests he’s in the mood to put on a show.
Amid a game of keep-ups with his teammates, Messi allowed a lob to go over his head and, without looking, use his heel behind his back to flick the ball back in front of him.
What a lovely touch - check it out in the video below:
Messi doesn’t even need to be scoring goals to impress us.
That said, he’ll need to get back on the scoresheet regularly if he wants to catch the frontrunners for the 2019-20 Golden Shoe.
Robert Lewandowski arguably represents the most serious challenge to Messi’s crown, with 11 Bundesliga goals for Bayern Munich already to his name.
You can bet Cristiano Ronaldo will have something to say about that, though.News Now - Sport News