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Messi Breaks Ronaldo Record

Lionel Messi Breaks Cristiano Ronaldo Record

By David Kappel - May 21, 2018 09:00 PM @kappilinho

Lionel Messi and longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo battle each other regularly for spectacular goalscoring records, and the FC Barcelona superstar has now beaten the Real Madrid talisman to an impressive milestone.

Click through the gallery above to see the top six finishers in this season's Golden Shoe race.

The Argentine finished the 2017/18 campaign with 34 league goals, more than any other player in Europe, earning himself the ESM Golden Shoe.

His 34 strikes equate to 68 points in the Golden Shoe ranking, as many as Messi had achieved when he won the award for the first time in 2009/10.

Overall, the latest accolade is his fifth Golden Shoe, breaking the record he previously held jointly with Ronaldo, and more than any other player in the history of the award.

Messi lifted the top goalscorer in Europe award in 2009/10 (34 goals), 2011/12 (50 goals), 2012/13 (46 goals), 2016/17 (37 goals) and this campaign with 34 strikes.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, won his first Golden Shoe in 2007/08, when he scored 31 league goals for Manchester United. He claimed his first top marksman award with Los Blancos three years later, finishing the 2010/11 campaign with 40 strikes. In addition, he also won the Golden Shoe in 2013/14, sharing the award with Luis Suarez (then still at Liverpool), with both having scored 31 times. Ronaldo's fourth Golden Shoe came in 2014/15, when he netted 48 goals in LaLiga.

Read: Spain Announce 23-man World Cup Squad

Over the past 10 years, only Suarez has managed to beat the two superstars to the European Golden Shoe, claiming it in 2015/16 with 40 goals.

Who do you think will finish as Europe's top goalscorer next season? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Boris Becker Joined: 23 May 2017
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Boris Becker May 24, 2018 07:17 PM
Where does Ronaldo and UCL come in here now? Ay
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nsikafrika May 23, 2018 01:32 PM
@soni what CR7 has done in World Cup scales,he had PLAYED 4 WCs & nt even reached 1 quarter finls.come,June siss-PENALDO will b a spectator warchin d last 16 proceeds.
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barca-baccaneers May 22, 2018 07:10 PM
@Soni_JX are you a ballon dor decider hahaha watch and seee
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Soni_JX Joined: 19 Apr 2017
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Soni_JX May 22, 2018 03:27 PM
Lastly.....sorry groupies, there cannever be ballon D' or based on domestic league achievements......never. Voted the world best in a year where you've done nothing exceptional in a World Cup (coz I know siss-messi won't do anything extra-ordibary in Russia....as usual), and not even semi finals of UEFA CL and still expect ballon D' or......NEVER!!
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Soni_JX May 22, 2018 03:23 PM
Laliga "best"........on saturday, there comes the international club football best from the FOOTBALLING INSTITUTION OF THE CENTURY.
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Special*00 May 22, 2018 05:27 AM
@Nick#10 nt if that trophy is the biggest club football trophy...Barca cn take la liga n Cowpa del rey bt will never weigh as much as ucl n club world cup..m
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Bragibbz May 22, 2018 03:44 AM
That means no10 is better than no7 nhe!
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E May 22, 2018 03:10 AM
Messi is the beast
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Nick#10 May 22, 2018 12:45 AM
Goal scorer nd goal assist machine.ballon D'or looming sorry for Penaldo dats becoz the team he is playing for only dreams of winning one trophy every season we call that lack of ambition no wonder he is nowhere to be found this season
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MR E May 22, 2018 12:23 AM
Messi will do it again
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Warras4phefeni May 21, 2018 09:49 PM
Ja neh I thought my boy Salah was gonna take that eish

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