Looks as though Lionel Messi has clinched the 2016/2017 Pichichi award with just four matches to the end of La Liga, harmonising with a poor goalscoring campaign for Ronaldo in accordance with the Portuguese star’s typical standards.
Messi, who as of now scored 33 league goals,14 goals ahead of Ronaldo’s 19 goals, with the Argentine hitting his stride lately. The Pichichi win would leave Messi with four and Cristiano Ronaldo with three, with the 29-year-old only one behind Quini, Hugo Sanchez and Di Stefano, and two behind Telmo Zara.
Ronaldo, having registered 19 goals in 25 matches, he would require 7 goals to match the 26 he got in his most noticeably bad campaign since joining Real Madrid. Plus, with four yellow cards to his name, one more could mean suspension and Messi taking the prize for good.
However if the Argentine international were to clinch the Pichichi award, Messi would hope to break even with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 4 Golden Boot, 3 Pichichis award and English Premier League top scorer with Manchester United.
Messi has 66 points, two points for each of his 33 league goals while Bas Dost has 56 goals and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 54.
Ronaldo’s scored 5 goals in both legs of UEFA Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, the Portuguese still trails Messi by 4 goals in the Champions League top scorer’s rundown this season. In spite of the fact that it’ll be hard to get up to speed completely against an unflinching rival like Atletico Madrid, the Barca superstar will want to secure the Pichichi Award, Golden boot, and Champions League top scorer.
The expression ‘Messi-reliance’ has been in vogue and used to taunt Barcelona. Perhaps, after another staggering and magical display in last week El Clasico clash, the time has come to commend the Argentinian’s worth to football as opposed to try to condemn the Catalans for their over-dependence on him.