The Spanish League is encountering something of a shake-up among its strikers yet only Lionel Messi has figured out how to remain a consistent force as LaLiga 2017/18 seasons jump-starts
A look at the Pichichi leaderboard after 11 LaLiga games sees the FC Barcelona star leading the scoring chart with 12 goals, and after Messi comes Italy’s Euro 2016 outcast Simone Zaza with nine and Villareal forward Cedric Bakambu on eight goals, while Rodrigo Moreno and Antonio Sanabria maintain seven goal apiece.
All these players are exceedingly appraised and turn out for better than average clubs, but they are not thought to be top class stars among Europe’s elite forwards.
Finding those familiar LaLiga top scorers, one must look significantly further down the chart, boasting only one goal each are Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Kevin Gameiro with Antoine Griezmann, Gareth Bale and Wissam Ben Yedder on two and Luis Suarez piling on a minor three goals.
Meanwhile, these seven strikers have only scored 12 goals between them, the same as Messi has overseen on his own. Some of these names have encountered a major drop off from last seasons, for example, Ronaldo who had slammed in five vital goals in eight games at this phase of the season in 2016/17, a return at the time thought to be underneath his typical standards.
Benzema, as well, finding it hard to match last season numbers with three to his name now a year ago, while Griezmann had indented six strikes by far the biggest decrease in form.
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