This was the second season in which Barça have had the top goalkeeper and striker in the same league championship. The same players, Messi and Valdés, also won the two titles in the 2009/10 season
The Argentinian is the ninth player in Liga history be top goalscorer twice
It is the fourth time that a team has won the Zamora and Pichichi without winning the championship title. The same happened to Athletic Bilbao (1946/47), Valencia (1957/58) and Deportivo (1992/93)
Since the league started in 1929, only twelve teams have produced both the top scorer and the top goalkeeper in the same competition. FC Barcelona is the latest thanks to the 50 goals scored by Messi and the mere 28 conceded by Valdés, who both win their respective trophies after also doing the double in 2009/10. These are the only times FC Barcelona have produced the winners of both accolades.
Leo Messi thus joins a select group of players that have topped the scoring charts in la Liga on more than one occasion. His predecessors have been Forlán, Raúl, Ronaldo, Kempes, Amancio, Pahiño, Mundo and Gorostiza. Meanwhile, Valdés has not only equalled Ramallets’ legendary record of five Zamora titles, but has also become the first person to win four times in a row.
Non league winners
A team that produces the best striker and goalkeeper in a league season would normally be expected to also take the Liga championship. That was not the case with FCB this season, and neither was it the first time this peculiar circumstance has happened. Athletic Bilbao (1946/47), Valencia (1957/58) and Deportivo (1992/93) faced the same fate.
|1946/47||Zarra (Athletic Club)||Lezama (Athletic Club)||València|
|1957/58||Ricardo (València)||Goyo (València)||R.Madrid|
|1992/93||Bebeto (Deportivo)||Liaño (Deportivo)||FC Barcelona|
|2011/12||Messi (FC Barcelona)||Valdés (FC Barcelona)||R.Madrid|