|Heroes and Villains 2009/2010|
Barcelona's Messi topped our chart for the second year in a row, this time with a massive 47 goals in all competitions. His figures match those of Brazil's Ronaldo when he was at the Nou camp several years ago.
La Liga was a two-horse race this season though between Barça and Real Madrid, and that is reflected in the table, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Higuaín in second and third place, and Pedro and Ibrahimovic further down the rankings. Pedro merits a special mention after scoring in six different competitions this year.
We didn't beat last season's record 1,101 league goals this year, with 1,031 scored in all. For the record, Madrid scored 102 of those and Barça 98. First division teams scored another 140 in Europe and 126 in the cup, making 1,297 in all.
The highest scoring weekends were weeks 3 and 36, with 39 goals each, and the lowest was week 16 with 16. See the weekly reports below for more details.
This season's "Villains" award goes to Amorebieta, who picked up 16 yellow cards and two reds throughout the year. The Athletic Bilbao defender was born in Venezuela - Basque strength coupled with South American temperament - a lethal combination?
No less than 13 players stand to miss the opening day of next season through suspension, Negredo (Sevilla), Duda (Málaga) and Orellana (Xerez), all of who were sent off on the last day of the season, and Víctor Ruíz (Espanyol), Mané (Getafe), Guti (Real Madrid), Squillaci Stankevicius and Zokora (Sevilla), Baraja and Manucho (Valladolid), Ibagaza (Villarreal) and Jorge López (Zaragoza), all of whom completed the five yellow card cycle.
There were a total of 2,325 yellow cards and 190 reds in the league and cup this year, an average of 5.2 yellows and 0.4 reds per game. On a club basis, the top villains were Málaga, who clocked up 192 points. followed by Racing Santander and Sevilla with 188 and 180 respectively. The lowest total went to Deportivo with 109 points, followed by Tenerife with 115 and Real Madrid with 119.
No question about this season's Zamora prize winner, Víctor Valdés outstripping his nearest rival Iker Casillas by eleven goals to take the trophy for the second time in a row and the third time overall.
Six keepers played in every match, Valdés, Casillas, Munúa, Juan Pablo, Aragoneses and Diego López, and 38 were used in all, including outfield player Medunjanin (Valladolid), who took over for 20 minutes or so in one match after Justo Villar was sent off.
Iturralde González won our "White Stick" award for the second time after showing 158 yellow cards and 7 reds in the 25 matches he officiated. Iturralde passed Daudén Ibäñez's previous highest lifetime tally of 1,368 cards last April. Referees produced a sum total of 2,421 yellow cards and 195 reds in league and cup competitions this season, in all 106 cards less than last year.
Mejuto González Pérez Burrull, González Vázquez and Megia Dávila all leave us this summer, and in line with the policy to reduce the number of referees to 20, only Iglesias Villanueva and José Antonio Teixera Vitienes have been promoted to replace them. José Antonio is the elder brother of Fernando, who already officiates in the top flight.