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Messi presented with Golden Boot - again

posted 29 Oct 2012, 10:30 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 29 Oct 2012, 10:30 ]

The Golden Boot award as top scorer in Europe goes again to Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

 BARCELONASPAIN (OCTOBER 29, 2012) (REUTERS) -  Barcelona striker Lionel Messi on Monday (October 29) received his second Golden Boot award as top scorer in Europe.

The Argentina international won his first Golden Boot in 2010 after scoring 34 goals, but last year he managed a Spanish league record of 50.

The three-times World Player of the Year is favourite again this year to win the Ballon D'Or.

Five Barca players are among those shortlisted for the Ballon D'Or: Messi; Xavi Hernandez; Andres Iniesta; Gerard Pique; and Sergio Busquets.

After receiving the Golden Boot in Barcelona from former Spanish player Luis Suarez, Messi told a news conference: "I don't fight for this award or for any other individual award. We fight for titles. We are very lucky to be well off at the moment in La Liga and in the Champions League. The battle to be in the King's Cup final starts tomorrow. I don't fight to win the Golden Boot award. If it happens and I can be there until the end it is a lot better, but if I don't, it is not a big thing," he said.

The 25-year-old also said: "My dream is to end my career here in the club. To have a whole career here before going back to Argentina, where I would like to play before I retire. I have never thought about who gave each other more, if I gave the club or the club gave me more. What matters is that I keep on improving in this club and I would like to do that until the end," he said.

"I have always been this way. There is nothing that demotivates me. I always want more. And it will be that way until the end of my career. When I finish it I'll see what I have achieved and analyse everything," he added.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said Messi's "internal fire" and brains were the clues to what made him special and he quoted form Barcelona and Netherlands star Johann Cruyff.

"He has this internal fire which is something that adds to all his other values. That is what makes him so fantastic. His mind -- as Cruyff said: 'You play with your feet, but football comes from your mind'. The mind has to do with all you fix on the pitch and the desire of getting better and better. And I think he has that," said Sabella.