Heroes & Villains 2017/18


Another season over, and another award for Messi, who wins his sixth Pichichi title and his fifth European Golden Shoe after netting 34 in the league. On an all-club-competition basis though he only just gets the edge in our chart over Ronaldo, who scored no less than 17 in European and Inter-continental competitions. On the domestic front Iago Aspas is once again this season’s “Zarra” (top scoring Spanish player), six goals ahead of Espanyol’s Gerard Moreno and Valencia’s Rodrigo. See the weekly reports below for more details.

Name Total (Penalties)
Messi (Barcelona) 45 (3)
Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 44 (7)
Luis Suárez (Barcelona) 30 (1)
Griezmann (Atlético) 29 (3)
Iago Aspas (Celta) 23 (3)

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A third “Zamora” title in a row for Oblak, although he was already sure of that after his closest rival Ter Stegen let in five at Levante in the penultimate weekend. Getafe’s Guaita came third, and for once no keeper played through the season, the closest being Pacheco (Alavés), who at least featured in every game. See the weekly reports below for more details.

Name Goal/game difference
Oblak (Atlético Madrid) -15
Ter Stegen (Barcelona) -9
Guaita (Getafe) -7
Neto (Valencia) 0
Pau López (Espanyol) +4

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Our “Villain” award this season goes to Valencia captain Dani Parejo, one of only two players (together with Jefferson Lerma) to reach the 15 yellow card in what has been a quieter season than usual on the disciplinary front.

Two players were sent off in the last weekend of last season, Diego Rico (Leganés) and Lucas Hernández (Atlético), and they are expected to miss the opening game of next year together with Diéguez (Alavés), Aday (Girona), Cabaco (Levante) and Diego González (Málaga), who all completed the five yellow card cycle.

Name Total points
Dani Parejo (Valencia) 23
Alvaro (Villarreal) 20
Lerma (Levante) 20
Damián Suárez (Getafe) 19
Kondogbia (Valencia) 19
Jaume Costa (Villarreal) 19

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White Stick Award

Our “White Stick” award this year goes to Munuera Montero, who just pipped Sánchez Martínez thanks to his five yellow cards in the last game of the season. This year two of our men in black, Fernández Borbolán and Alvarez Izquierdo, are hanging up their whistles after reaching the maximum age of 45, although both will apparently still be around as they will be asked to take over VAR duties when the video assisted system is introduced to La Liga next season. Now that’s going to be real fun! Trujillo Suárez meanwhile has dropped back to the second division, and the new faces will be Prieto Iglesias (who has refereed in the top flight before), Cordero Vega and Cuadro Fernández. As always, we wish them the best of luck!

Name Total cards
Munuera Montero 144
Sánchez Martínez 141
Melero López 134
Fernández Borbolán 133
González Fuentes 130

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