The top goalscorer in a La Liga season is duly presented with the Pichichi Trophy – and after an enforced break the race for the 2019/20 award is heating up.
Named after Athletic Bilbao marksman Rafael “Pichichi” Moreno, the prize has been annually given by Marca since the 1952/53 season.
However, given the newspaper’s subjective criteria, the league’s governing body – Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) – has not recognised the accolade.
This aside, there’s no time like the present to look at how the race for La Liga‘s 2019/20 season ‘Golden Boot’ is shaping up, and a familiar name is leading the pack.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi might not have been ever-present in 2019/20, but you can count on him to make up for lost time, with the six-time ‘Pichichi’ recipient hitting the 20-goal mark for the 12th successive season, taking his total tally to 21 with two strikes post-break.
But following not too far behind him is Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, who has been in top form since La Liga returned, scoring three goals in four games, reaching 17 overall.
Another gap of four separates Benzema and the next two, with Gerard Moreno and Luis Suarez both on 13, the latter scoring a brace in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo last time out.
One back from the pair are Iago Aspas and Lucas Ocampos on 12 goals before two groups of three on 11 and 10 make up for an exciting climax to the 2019/20 campaign
La Liga 2019/20: Current top 10 goalscorers
Players with the same amount of goals are ranked by fewer minutes played.
|1st||Lionel Messi||21 goals||2340 minutes|
|2nd||Karim Benzema||14 goals||2651 minutes|
|3rd||Luis Suarez||13 goals||1603 minutes|
|4th||Gerard Moreno||13 goals||2383 minutes|
|5th||Lucas Ocampos||12 goals||2288 minutes|
|6th||Iago Aspas||12 goals||2740 minutes|
|7th||Roger Marti||11 goals||1913 minutes|
|8th||Lucas Perez||11 goals||2164 minutes|
|9th||Raul Garcia||11 goals||2445 minutes|
|10th||Angel Rodriguez||10 goals||1232 minutes|
(Correct as of Gameweek 32 – 23:00 28/06/2020)