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Lionel Messi Sixth Pichichi Award Equals Telmo Zarra Record

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After a brace against Eibar on Sunday, Lionel Messi finished the Spanish league season with 36 goals, procuring him a record-equalling 6th Pichichi award.

Leo Messi has claimed the ‘Pichichi’ Trophy award to La Liga’s top scorer over a season for the 6th time in his career. The Argentine scored 36 goals in 38 matches, a separation ahead of second-placed Karim Benzema of Real Madrid and his Barça comrade Luis Suárez who both scored 21 goals in the 2018/19 class campaign.

Messi’s 6th award equals the incredible and legendary Athletic Bilbao frontman Telmo Zarra and his third back to back ‘Pichichi’ see him repeat the historical feat achieved by Mexican striker Hugo Sánchez with Real Madrid between 1986 and 1988.

His superb run of form has been the primary impetus for Barca’s title surge, with the Catalans ending the season 11 points clear of closest opponents Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.

Among Messi’s 36 goals were three hat-tricks – against Real Betis, Sevilla and Levante – while he rounded the season with two goals to brace Barca to a 2-2 draw against Eibar. Leo Messi could yet include the European Golden Shoe as well, with Messi four goals clear of Kylian Mbappe, who has one league game left to play this season.

Meanwhile, in another category, Atletico Madrid‘s Jan Oblak finished a fourth successive season as the goalkeeper with the least goals conceded – just 27 of in 37 appearances.

 

 

 

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Muyiwa is an ardent follower of everything football. Fascinated by the beauty of the game, he takes pleasure in penning down his opinion about a sport that has more lovers than haters. PS: He loves Barcelona for making football look easier than it actually is.

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