Lionel Messi claims La Liga golden boot for a record seventh time - every season in pictures and stats

Argentine superstar wins the award with his one of his lowest goal hauls

Lionel Messi claimed a record seventh La Liga golden boot after scoring twice in a 5-0 win over Alaves on Sunday as Barcelona ended their disappointing season on a more positive note.

This is the fourth season in succession that Messi has finished as La Liga's top scorer, while he was also top of the pile in 2009/10, 2011/12 and 2012/13.

Messi's double took his league tally to 25 goals for the season and put him four clear of Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.

Barca's defeat to Osasuna on Thursday handed Real the title and brought scrutiny on all areas of the club, including the future of Quique Setien as coach.

Messi delivered a stinging assessment after that game but Setien said he still believes Barcelona, at their best, can win the Champions League next month.

"Today was very different," said Messi after the Alaves win. "We have taken an important step in terms of attitude and commitment and things can follow on from that. We have shown we can change."

As for his seventh golden boot, Messi added: "Individual prizes and objectives are secondary. It's an important achievement to win it seven times but I would have liked it to have been accompanied by the La Liga title."

Published: July 21, 2020 07:25 AM

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