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Barcelona star Leo Messi wins fourth golden ball awards

Lionel Messi drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally of four European Golden Shoes after receiving the award at a ceremony on Friday.

The Barcelona superstar claimed the prize – handed to Europe’s top goalscorer – for his 37 La Liga strikes in 2016-17.

It is the fourth time Messi has taken the awards, after his triumphs in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

His noteworthy count originated from 34 top-flight games and saw him top the graphs in front of Sporting CP’s Bas Dost, who got 34 in the Primeira Liga, while Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang balanced the main three with 31.

Ronaldo, champ of the honor in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015, scored 25 goals last season and did not make the best five.

Messi thanked his team-mates for helping him score so many goals, while also saying that he enjoys playing more than ever, 13 years since his debut with Barcelona’s first team.

‘I have never considered myself a forward. I have been lucky enough to score goals. Messi said.

‘I have grown both on and off the pitch. I keep improving and adding things to my game, and I enjoy playing more and more.’

A year ago’s victor and Messi’s Barcelona partner Luis Suarez was fifth this time around with 29, one less than Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

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