Lionel Messi admitted that getting knocked out from the UEFA Champions League to Liverpool was a bitter pill to swallow. But this season، the Argentine has proved why he is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
Messi has vowed the footballing universe with his spectacular performances this season for Barcelona، lifting the team from difficult situations on several occasions. It is no doubt that he will be the front-runner for the Ballon d’Or this year after a record-breaking season.
Messi has also become the club's first player to win 10 league titles. With the La Liga title secured، Barcelona would be aiming to complete a domestic double when they face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final. Messi، however، has achieved another milestone in his career.
After securing the Pichichi Trophy for the most goals in the La Liga، Messi has bagged the European Golden Shoe. Messi has won the Pichichi Trophy six times including the last two years and with another win، he will tie Telmo Zarra in the all-time list. The 31-year-old scored 36 goals for Barcelona this season in the La Liga، which was more than 10 goals ahead of Luis Suárez and Karim Benzema.
Messi won the European Golden Shoe for the sixth time after ending the league campaign with 3 goals more than second-placed Kylian Mbappe، who played his final league game for PSG on Friday.
Messi now has six Golden Shoes which، two more than arch-rival، Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine has bagged the award for the third successive time، a feat which has not been achieved since 1968.
The Barca skipper will play his final game of the season against Valencia and will look to lead the Catalans to the Copa del Rey title. The Barca skipper is also the first player to complete 50 goals in the 201819 season.