Messi beats Benzema to interrupt La Liga record with seventh Pichichi award

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Lionel Messi secured a record seventh Pichichi award after the Barcelona star finished the 2019-20 season because the leading scorer in La Liga.

The Argentinian equalled Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra’s record of six awards last season, but he’s now out on his own after another superb campaign before of goal.

His double within the final-day 5-0 rout of Deportivo Alaves took him to 25 goals in 33 appearances, while his cross to Ansu Fati for the opening goal saw him set a brand new record for many assists during a single La Liga campaign, breaking the previous best set by former team-mate Xavi.

It was not enough to guide Barca to a 3rd consecutive title, however, with Real Madrid pulling away within the final weeks to seal top spot.

“I always say that the awards and individual goals are secondary,” Messi said when asked about winning the award.

“It is true that it could are taken as a crucial achievement for being the seventh Pichichi, but i might have liked it to come back among the league title.”

Madrid striker Karim Benzema was four goals behind within the race for the award with 21, while Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno was third with 18 goals, two previous Messi’s Barca team-mate Luis Suarez.

The Catalan side will turn their attention to the Champions League next, as they face Napoli within the second leg of their last-16 tie on August 8. the primary leg resulted in a 1-1.

“We need some peace of mind, which hopefully we are going to get with this tiny break between competitions,” Messi told reporters when asked about preparations for the return to European competition.

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