LIONEL MESSI has moved level with Cristiano Ronaldo after receiving the European Golden Boot for the fourth time.
Messi was presented with his award in Barcelona today after hitting 37 league goals for his club over the course of the 2016/17 season.
That total saw him top the charts across Europe’s top divisions for the highest number of league goals they score in a campaign.
His tally meant he was three clear of his nearest rival in the race for the award – Bas Dost at Sporting Lisbon who struck 34 goals.
And Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished third having scored 31 Bundesliga goals as he continued to impress in Germany.
Messi’s award is the first time in four years he has finished as the best hot-shot in Europe.
He claimed the honour for the first time in 2010, and then won back-to-back Golden Boots in 2012 and 2013.
And it means he has pegged back old rival Ronaldo, who until now was out alone as the record holder for the most awards on four.
Real Madrid ace Ronaldo first won the prize in 2008 when he was at Manchester United.
And he then collected three more after his move to the Bernabeu having topped the goalscoring charts in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
Messi collected the prize from last year’s winner – Barca team-mate Luis Suarez, who finished fifth this time round.
His 29 goals was one less than Bayern Munich star Robert Lewendowski managed last season.