Football news - I never expected so much success - Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi said he never expected to have such a successful career after receiving his fifth Golden Shoe on Tuesday, for being the top goalscorer in Europe last season.
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"When I started playing I did not expect all this. My dream was, obviously, to be a professional, but I didn't imagine so much," Messi said at a gala in Barcelona on Tuesday.
"This is thanks to hard work and effort and, above all, my team mates. I have the best players in the world in their positions playing beside me and that makes everything easier and lets me win these prizes."
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Messi, who also earned the Golden Shoe in 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2016-17, led Barcelona to a league and cup domestic double last season.
The forward leads La Liga's top scorers chart with 14 goals in this campaign, more than any other player in the top five European leagues.