Messi wins Golden Shoe

Messi wins Golden Shoe
By Reuters

17/05/2010 at 09:24Updated

Lionel Messi added the European Golden Shoe to his growing list of awards after scoring twice against Real Valladolid to finish the La Liga season with 34 goals.

The rankings on Euro Top Foot showed the Argentina striker had amassed 68 points, 10 more than his closest rivals Didier Drogba of Chelsea and Antonio Di Natale of Udinese who scored 29 each.

Messi netted Barca's third and fourth goals in a 4-0 victory over Valladolid that delivered Barca their second consecutive league title on Sunday.

"Messi is the best I have ever seen, of this there is no doubt," Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said.

"As well as being a winner he has great ambition. At 3-0 up, with the league in the bag, he continued chasing as hard as anyone else. He's impossible to emulate."

His haul of 34 in the league matched the club record set by Brazilian striker Ronaldo in the 1996-7 season, when he also won the Golden Shoe.

Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan won the shoe last season with 32 goals.


1 Lionel Messi Barcelona 68

2 Didier Drogba Chelsea 58

2 Antonio Di Natale Udinese 58

4 Gonzalo Higuaín Real Madrid 54

5 Luis Suárez Ajax 52.5

6 Wayne Rooney Manchester United 52

6 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 52

8 Darren Bent Sunderland 48

9 Carlos Tévez Manchester City 46

10 Seydou Doumbia BSC Young Boys 45

11 Edin Džeko Wolfsburg 44

11 Frank Lampard Chelsea 44

11 Diego Milito Internazionale 44

14 David Villa Valencia 42

14 Stefan Kießling Bayer Leverkusen 42

14 Shlomi Arbeitman Maccabi Haifa 42

17 Óscar Cardozo Benfica 39

18 Fabrizio Miccoli Palermo 38

18 Lucas Barrios Borussia Dortmund 38

18 Giampaolo Pazzini Sampdoria 38