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Messi the Pichichi with the most goals in the history of La Liga/ PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

Leo Messi won, for the second time in his career, the Pichichi Award. The award is given to the the highest goalscorer in La Liga. The Argentine, who scored 50 goals in the competition (in 37 matches), established a new record in the Primera División, and he broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s record, set last year, of 41 goals. This is the 11th time in Club history that a FC Barcelona player has finished as La Liga’s top scorer.

From Mariano Martín to Messi

Leo Messi closed out his La Liga campaign with 4 goals over Cristiano Ronaldo and 27 goals over Falcão, second and third, respectively. This is the player’s second Pichichi Award. This first time the Argentine won the trophy was in the 2009/10 season, when he scored 34 goals in 35 matches.

Before Messi, nine FC Barcelona players finished the season as the Liga’s top scorers: Mariano Martín (1942/43, 32 goals), César Rodríguez (1948/49, 28 goals), Cayetano Ré (1964/65, 25 goals), Carles Rexach (1970/71, 17 goals), Johan Krankl (1978 / 79, 29 goals), Quini (1980/81 y 1981/82, 20 and 26 goals, respectively), Romario (1993/94, 30 goals) and Ronaldo (1996/97, 34 goals).

It’s worth noting that Samuel Eto’o also won the Pichichi award in the 2004/05 season, level with Diego Forlán (25 goals apiece), but the daily Marca, entity that awards the prize since the 1952/53 season, stated that Eto’o had scored 24 goals, the 25th goal, scored against Mallorca, was given to Deco.

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