Messi wins the “Pichichi” award for the fifth time, and the European Golden Shoe for the fourth, ending the season as top scorer in the domestic league and cup. He was deprived of that honour in the Champions League though after Ronaldo scored twice in the final to finish with twelve goals, one more than his rival. The “Zarra” award for the top scoring Spanish player goes to Iago Aspas, the Celta striker netting 19 times in the league and 26 times in all competitions. See the weekly reports below for more details.
|Messi (Barcelona)||54 (9)|
|Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||42 (7)|
|Luis Suárez (Barcelona)||37 (0)|
|Iago Aspas (Celta)||26 (8)|
|Griezmann (Atlético)||26 (2)|
Atlético’s Oblak takes his second consecutive “Zamora” award, winning by a comfortable margin in the end over Barcelona’s Ter Stegen. Only two keepers played every minute of the season, Real Sociedad’s Rulli and Granada’s Ochoa who set a new (negative) record for the number of goals let in by a single keeper in a league season. See the weekly reports below for more details.
|Oblak (Atlético Madrid)||-8|
|Ter Stegen (Barcelona)||-3|
|Diego López (Espanyol)||+3|
|Navas (Real Madrid)||+4|
Granada’s Uche Agbo got the edge on Alavés full back Theo Hernández for this season’s “Villains” award, the Nigerian midfielder picking up 14 yellow cards, two reds and five days’ suspensions in all domestic club competitions. Livaja (Las Palmas) came in third in a very close competition.
Two players were sent off in the last weekend of last season, Hernán (Las Palmas) and Capa (Eibar), and they are expected to miss the opening game of next year together with Escalante (Eibar), Thomas (Atlético), Emre Çolak (Deportivo) and Bakambu (Villarreal), who all completed the five yellow card cycle.
|Uche Agbo (Granada)||22|
|Theo Hernández (Alavés)||22|
|Livaja (Las Palmas)||21|
|Boateng (Las Palmas)||20|
|Enzo Pérez (Valencia)||20|
Gil Manzano takes our White Stick award this season, the international referee clocking up 168 yellow cards and ten reds in the 25 games at which he officiated, an average of 6.7 and 0.4 cards respectively per game.
Last season’s winner, Clos Gómez, has been forced to retire this summer having reached the statutory retirement age of 45, and Ocón Arráiz and Bikandi Garrido have been relegated to the second division after finishing bottom of the rankings published by the technical committee of referees. They will be replaced by Alberola Rojas, González Fuentes and Medié Jiménez, and as always, we wish them the best of luck!