Messi: "I am proud to have been able to surpass Telmo Zarra"

Lionel Messi, Argentine striker for French Paris Saint Germain and winner for the eighth time of the ‘Pichichi’ trophy for the top scorer of the Spanish league championship, said he was “proud to have been able to overcome” a soccer legend like Telmo Zarra, who won six among 1944 and 1953.

Messi scored 30 goals in 33 games last season with the Barcelona shirt to win the ‘Pichichi’ trophy, awarded by the newspaper Marca.

“It is a great honor to be in the history of the Spanish League. It seemed crazy recently to match Zarra but I was able to overcome him and I am happy and proud. I do not know if we will see someone who surpasses me,” Messi said, in a video to the collect his award in Paris, not being able to attend the gala held this Monday in Madrid.

Reigning Paris striker Saint Germain of France won the traditional award for the eighth time and the last five were in a row.

Zarra, the mythical Spanish gunner, achieved it six times (1943 and 1953) and Alfredo Di Stéfano (1954 and 1959) did it five times together with Enrique Castro (1974 and 1982) and Hugo Sánchez (1985 and 1990).

The captain of the Argentine team, the highest candidate to win the France Football Ballon d’Or, received the award from Brand director Juan Ignacio Gallardo, who said that there will be no footballer who surpasses his record.