Barcelona forward Lionel Messi receives 3rd Golden Boot as Europe's top scorer

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been presented with his third Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals in Europe's domestic leagues last season.

The 26-year-old Messi helped Barcelona win the 2012-13 Spanish league title by scoring 46 goals despite missing several games with a right hamstring pull near the end of the season.

Messi also won the award for the 2011-12 season when he set a Spanish league record with 50 goals. The Argentina international earned his first Golden Boot for the 2009-10 season when his 34 goals help Barcelona to the league title.

Messi is recovering from a left hamstring tear that will probably keep him sidelined for the rest of 2013. Before his injury, he had scored eight goals in 11 league appearances.