Lionel Messi has won the Pichichi Trophy for the sixth time after finishing the season as La Liga’s top scorer with 36 goals.
It is the third time in a row the Barcelona star has received the award and sees him equal the record for most wins that was set by former Athletic Club star Telmo Zarra 66 years ago.
Messi finished clear at the top of the chart, scoring both of his side’s goals as they finished the campaign with a 2-2 draw at Eibar, putting him 15 goals ahead of second best Luis Suarez and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. No player has ever won the Pichichi by such a clear margin – the previous record of 14 was set in 1986-87 by Hugo Sanchez.
The Argentina star is also on course to win the European Golden Shoe for the third consecutive year and sixth in his career.
He has scored four goals more than nearest challenger Kylian Mbappe, who seemed to put some pressure on Messi in the race by scoring a double in Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-0 win over Dijon. The French striker can still narrow the gap as he has one Ligue 1 game left to play for PSG this term.!