Lionel Messi wins sixth European Golden Shoe

Lionel Messi beat Kylian Mbappe to the goalscoring award following Paris Saint-Germain's defeat on Friday.

Lionel Messi scored 36 La Liga goals for Barcelona this season.   -  Getty Images

Lionel Messi claimed his sixth European Golden Shoe thanks to his 36 La Liga goals for Spanish champion Barcelona.

Messi clinched the award — handed to the player with the most league goals in any of Europe's top-flight leagues — for the third consecutive year, beating Kylian Mbappe by three following Paris Saint-Germain's defeat on Friday.

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Mbappe needed to score five goals in PSG's Ligue 1 finale to collect the Golden Shoe. However, the French sensation could only manage one in a 3-1 loss at Reims.

Messi now has two more Golden Shoes than Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who last won the award in 2014-15. The 31-year-old Messi led Barca to back-to-back La Liga titles ahead of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid this season.

Messi and Barcelona will face Spanish rival Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

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