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Messi Lifts CR7 Record-Equalling Golden Shoe

Lionel Messi, who beat Cristiano Ronaldo and other strikers in Europe to the Golden Shoe last season, has now received his record-equalling trophy.

Click through the gallery above to see images of the trophy handover.

The Argentine netted 37 league goals in 2016/17, more than another striker in Europe. He beat Sporting's Bas Dost (34 goals) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (31 goals) to the award, while his longstanding rival Ronaldo finished the campaign with 25 strikes in La Liga.

Overall, it is Messi's fourth Golden Shoe, equalling the record set by Ronaldo in 2014/15 when the Portuguese last won the award.

"This award belongs to everyone, without my teammates I wouldn't have won this," Messi said upon receiving the Golden Shoe, which was handed out by last year's winner Luis Suarez and shown live on Barca's official website.

Messi lifted the award in 2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13 and last season, while Ronaldo claimed it in 2007/08, 2010/11, 2012/13 and 2014/15.

Read: UEFA Team Of The Century Revealed

The 30-year-old leads the current La Liga scoring charts with 12 goals, while Lazio's Ciro Immobile and Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani are frontrunners in the European Golden Shoe race, having netted 15 times so far.

Who do you think could replace Messi as the top goalscorer in Europe this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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