Cristiano Ronaldo picks up record FOURTH Golden Boot award as Europe's top scorer

Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the European Golden Boot after becoming top scorer on the continent last term
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored 48 goals to win a record fourth European Golden Boot award as Europe's leading goalscorer
  • Real Madrid superstar beat Lionel Messi (43) and Sergio Aguero (26)
  • Ronaldo was watched by Rafa Benitez and his family, including son Cristiano Jnr who has starred in clip from a new documentary film 

Cristiano Ronaldo received his record fourth Golden Boot award on Tuesday for being the leading goalscorer in all of Europe's domestic leagues last season.

The Portuguese superstar scored 48 goals in 35 Spanish league games to claim his third Golden Boot playing for Real Madrid. His other award came with Manchester United in 2007-08 - while no other player has ever won four.

The 30-year-old also became Madrid's all-time leading scorer on Sept. 30 with 324 goals, surpassing Raul Gonzalez's previous mark. 

Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the European Golden Boot after becoming top scorer on the continent last term

Ronaldo was joined by his family - brother Hugo (left), son Cristiano Jnr (centre) and mother Dolores Aveiro

Ronaldo was joined by his family - brother Hugo (left), son Cristiano Jnr (centre) and mother Dolores Aveiro

The 30 year old watches as a bevy of beautiful ladies bring out his four Golden Boot awards

The 30 year old watches as a bevy of beautiful ladies bring out his four Golden Boot awards

The Real  Madrid superstar is the first player to win the European Golden Boot FOUR times

The Real  Madrid superstar is the first player to win the European Golden Boot FOUR times

FORMER EUROPEAN GOLDEN BOOT WINNERS 

2007 Francesco Totti (Roma)                  26

2008 Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United)      31

2009 Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid)        32 

2010 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)                 34

2011 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)     40 

2012 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)                 50

2013 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)                 46 

2014 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)/Luis                Suarez (Liverpool)                           31

2015 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)      48

'This is another great moment in my career. Receiving the fourth Golden Shoe is a great honour and a privilege,' Ronaldo said after receiving the award.

'But without my team-mates, I would not be able to win individual awards.

'I always want to win more. I want five, six or seven Golden Shoes if possible.

'Real Madrid are the biggest club in the world and we always have to win titles.

'I want the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey.' 

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez hailed his star player for making history, while thanking him 'on behalf of all Madridistas'

'This award goes back to show that we have a unique and exceptional player in Cristiano Ronaldo,' the Madrid president said.

'Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player in history to win the Golden Boot four times.

'A few days ago he became Real Madrid's [joint] all-time leading goalscorer and now Cristiano is picking up his fourth Golden Boot. It is an honour to have him at our club.

'Cristiano Ronaldo came to Real Madrid to win all that he has won and now he wants more.

'There is something special about him. Despite winning so many trophies, he always wants more and never gets complacent.

'Thank you Cristiano Ronaldo, on behalf of all Madridistas, for all you have given us and for all you will give us.' 

Ronaldo was jokingly frustrated when his son forgot his own nameRonaldo strikes his trademark pose after scoring for Real

Ronaldo was jokingly frustrated when his son forgot his own name in a clip from new documentary film (below)

Bernabeu president Florentino Perez was also present at the awards ceremony in Madrid

Bernabeu president Florentino Perez was also present at the awards ceremony in Madrid

Ronaldo cools down with a drink of water

Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez (left) gives Cristiano Jnr a thumbs up while Ronaldo cools down (right)

EUROPE'S TOP SCORERS 2014/15

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)           48

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)                       43

3. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)          26

4. Jonatan Soriano (Red Bull Salzburg)    31*

T5. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)  22

T5. Neymar (Barcelona)                            22

T5. Mauro Icardi (Inter)                             22

T5. Luca Toni (Verona)                             22

*See below for how award is decided 

Ronaldo's hat-trick in the final game of last season took his tally to 48, which is two goals short of the all-time record set by his nemesis Lionel Messi for Barcelona in 2012. 

The Argentina phenomenon scored 43 goals in 38 appearances last season to finish second in the list - while his international team-mate finished a distant third with 26 goals for Manchester City.

Jonathan Soriano of Red Bull Salzburg came in fourth with 31 while Barcelona's Neymar shared fifth place with Internazionale's Mauro Icardi, Antoine Griezmann of Atlético Madrid and Luca Toni of Verona. 

Sunderland's Kevin Phillips remains the only Englishman to win the award for scoring 30 goals in 2000. 

Ronaldo is presented with a Tag Heuer watch by a representative during the gala ceremony

Ronaldo is presented with a Tag Heuer watch by a representative during the gala ceremony

Perez (2nd left) poses with Ronaldo (centre) and club officials in front of his four Golden Boot awards

Perez (2nd left) poses with Ronaldo (centre) and club officials in front of his four Golden Boot awards

Ronaldo was accompanied at the gala by his mother, his son, Madrid coach Rafa Benitez, club president Florentino Perez and the Portuguese ambassador to Spain. 

Cristiano Ronaldo Jnr has recently featured in a teaser trailer for new documentary film Ronaldo - where his father appears to get frustrated by the five year old forgetting his name, especially since they share the same one!

In a deleted scene released from the programme, the youngster insists his name is 'Cristiano Santos' while being repeatedly corrected by his famous father.

'Don't you know how to say your name, son?' Ronaldo replied, adding: 'It's not Cristiano Santos, boy. Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos.'

The former Manchester United forward's 48 goals were two short of the record 50 set by Lionel Messi in 2012

The former Manchester United forward's 48 goals were two short of the record 50 set by Lionel Messi in 2012

Lionel Messi finished second with 43 goals for BarcelonaCity's Sergio Aguero was a distant third with 26

Messi finished second this year with 43 goals for Barca while City's Sergio Aguero was a distant third with 26

*HOW IS THE EUROPEAN GOLDEN BOOT DECIDED? 

The award is weighted to allow players from stronger leagues, such as the Premier League and La Liga, to win even if they score fewer goals than a player in a weaker league.

Weightings are determined by the league's ranking on the Uefa coefficients, with goals scored in the top five leagues multiplied by a factor of two and goals scored in the leagues ranked six to 21 by 1.5. 

 

 

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