Pichichis

So how many times are we going to say this season that the Pichichi battle is going to be between Messi and Cristian Ronaldo? Certainly both have got off to a flying start, Ronaldo getting the edge this week with two goals in the Champions League midweek at Zurich, and two more at the weekend against Xerez. Madrid in fact scored ten between the two games, with Guti now their second top scorer after netting in both matches. Messi though is only one behind Ronaldo after getting two in Barcelona's 5-2 win over Atlético, with Ibrahimovic and Agüero also on the scoresheet.

So far though Ronaldo and Messi don't have exclusivity over the Pichichi table, with Athletic's Llorente also hitting two in the Europa League tie against Austria Vienna, and two more in the league against Villarreal, and Valencia's David Villa firing home a brace against his old club Sporting Gijón. Nice to see local boys doing well! Speaking of which, two more of Spain's World Cup qualifying squad were on target, Cazorla in the league and Mata in the Europa League, under 21 midfielder Javi Martínez got his third of the season for Athletic in the league, and Brazil's Luis Fabiano also opened his European account in the Champions League against Unirea Urziceni. All in all twelve goals in Europe and 39 in the weekend league fixtures - things are hotting up nicely..... (21.09.09)

Pichichi League Cup Europe Total (Penalties)
Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 4 0 2 6 (1)
Llorente (Athletic) 2 0 4 6 (1)
Villa (Valencia) 4 0 1 5 (0)
Messi (Barcelona) 3 2 0 5 (1)
Rossi (Villarreal) 1 0 3 4 (2)
Ibrahimovic (Barcelona) 3 0 0 3 (0)
Soldado (Getafe) 3 0 0 3 (0)
Guti (Real Madrid) 2 0 1 3 (0)
Luis Fabiano (Sevilla) 2 0 1 3 (0)
Mata (Valencia) 2 0 1 3 (0)
Cazorla (Villarreal) 2 0 1 3 (0)
Javi Martínez (Athletic) 1 0 2 3 (2)
Agüero (Atlético) 1 0 2 3 (0)
Miku (Valencia) 0 0 3 3 (0)