This Friday, November 24, Leo Messi will receive his fourth Golden Shoe, a prize for being the highest scorer in Europe in the 2016/17 season. The gala will take place at the former Estrella Damm factory in Barcelona, at an event that will begin at 1.30pm CET and will be attended by Messi himself and can be watched live in full on Barça TV and via a stream on the official Club website.
After being the highest European scorer in 2009/10 (34 goals), 2011/12 (50 goals) and 2012/13 (46 goals), last season Messi scored 37 goals in 34 games last term, making him top scorer in La Liga and bagging yet another European Golden Shoe. Bas Dost (34 goals), Aubameyang (31), Lewandowski (30) and Barça's own Luis Suárez (29) followed him in the rankings. The Uruguayan was the last winner of the award, in 2015/16, thanks to the 40 League goals he scored.
Receiving the trophy is a reward for a great goal scoring campaign. The thirty seven League goals are broken down as follows: 30 with the left foot, six with the right and one with the head, and including a total of 13 braces. In all competitions, the Argentine scored a spectacular 54 goals.
This season, Messi has maintained his great scoring rate and already has 12 goals in the first 12 league games (16 in all competitions). Therefore, he leads the Pichichi race for the top scorer in the Spanish League. For the Golden Shoe in 2017/18, only Immobile (Lazio) and Cavani (PSG) are ahead of him with 15 goals each.