Cristiano Ronaldo Current Affairs - 2019

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Leonel Messi wins 6th Golden Shoe award

Barcelona FC captain Leonel Messi won the Golden Shoe for the 2018/19 season, for being the top scorer in the European leagues with 36 goals (in 34 games). This is his sixth Golden Shoe.

Key Highlights

Messi has won the trophy for a 3rd straight year (or consecutively) after scoring 36 goals. His goals are only three more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.

Leonel Messi now has two more Golden Shoes than his legendary rival Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese professional footballer.

About European Golden Shoe (or European Golden Boot)

The award was originally called Soulier d’Or, which in French translates means as Golden Shoe/Boot. The award was created in the 1967–68 season when it was won by Eusebio. Since 1996–97 season the award is given by European Sports Media.

This award trophy is in shape of a football boot and is presented each season to leading goal scorer in league matches from top division of every European national league.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins 2017 Ballon d’Or Award

Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the 2017 Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) for world player of the year in Paris, France for the fifth time. With this he equals record of his great Barcelona rival Lionel Messi. Earlier Ronaldo had won Ballon d’Or in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

In this year’s Ballon d’Or Award competition, Lionel Messi came second while Paris’ Neymar Jr, came third, Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finished fourth and Luka Modric came fifth.

FIFA Ballon d’Or Award

FIFA Ballon d’Or Award is annual football association award given by FIFA to the male player who has performed the best in previous calendar year. It was instituted in 2010 after France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the men’s FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged. It is awarded to male player, based upon highest votes secured by him from national team coaches and captains, as well as journalists from around world.