Messi presented with his 2nd Golden Boot

Messi presented with his 2nd Golden Boot

My motivation is to win titles with the team.  I never aim for the individual awards but for collective success.  When it arrives later, it’s wonderful, but I do not set it as my objective.”  These were the words of Lionel Messi this afternoon when he was presented with the 2012 European Golden Boot (his second), an individual award, after his 50 goals in La Liga last season.

He then thanked his teammates and others within the club.  Ever the humble man, though with the amount he scores one could understand, Messi admits he doesn’t remember all the 50 goals.  He also gave some insight into the fact that he does not ever recall the “beauty” of a goal, only its “importance”.

Congratulations Leo!  And at the rate he’s going this year, may as well keep that trophy on ice.

Image: REUTERS/Don Balon/Handout