|Heroes and Villains 2010/2011|
An incredible season, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi tying for the Pichchi title with a massive 53 goals each. Ronaldo gets the edge though as he scored a record 40 goals in the league, more than one a game.
The top two have been in a league of their own this season, but below them there were some sterling performances from players such as Rossi, whose 32 goals may have taken the prize in other seasons. Agüero finished fourth in our chart, ahead of Negredo, Benzema and Soldado.
A total of 1,042 goals were scored in the league this season, eleven more than the year before. For the record, Madrid scored 102 of those and Barça 95. First division teams scored another 138 in Europe and 179 in the cup, making 1,359 in all.
The highest scoring weekend was week 12, with 38 goals in all, and the lowest was week 24 with 17. See the weekly reports below for more details.
This season's "Villains" award goes to Boateng, who picked up 16 yellow cards and two reds throughout the year, one more booking than Zaragoza's Ponzio. The Getafe midfielder won't be in Spain next season to defend his title though as he is moving to the Ukraine to play for Juande Ramos's Dnipro.
Seven players stand to miss the opening day of next season through suspension, Francis (Racing), who was sent off on the last day of the season, and Dani Alves (Barcelona), Valera (now Getafe), Stuani (now Racing), César (now Villarreal), Mario (Villarreal) and Braulio (Zaragoza), all of whom completed the five yellow card cycle.
There were a total of 2,357 yellow cards and 141 reds in the league and cup this year, an average of 5.5 yellows and 0.3 reds per game. On a club basis, the top villains were Real Madrid and Zaragoza, who both clocked up 182 points. followed by Levante with 178. The lowest totals went to Barcelona and Real Sociedad with 98 points, followed by Mallorca with 123.
Víctor Valdés walked it again this year to win his third title in a row and his fourth overall, , taking him second equal in the all-time table with Cañizares (Celta / Valencia / Real Madrid) and Acuña (Deportivo) and one behind Barça's mythical keeper Ramallets. At the age of 29 he has a chance of breaking all the records.
Casillas was the only other keeper to let in less than a goal a game, and curiously Aranzubia came third, even though Deportivo were relegated. Four keepers played in every match,De Gea, Ricardo, Claudio Bravo and Diego López, and 45 were used in all.
White stick award
Muñiz Fernández won our "White Stick" award this season after showing 176 yellow cards and 15 reds in the 28 matches he officiated in. This was a new record total, although the number of games was higher too due to the reduction in the number of referees to 20. Overall, referees produced a sum total of 2,432 yellow cards and 150 reds in league and cup competitions this season, notably 45 red cards less than the previous year.
Ramírez Domínguez and Rubinos Pérez both leave us this summer, and Carlos Del Cerro Grande and Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero have been promoted to replace them.