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5 players who can beat Messi to the Pichichi Trophy

Sujith Mohan
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
16.19K   //    09 Nov 2017, 14:34 IST

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Messi has been scoring for fun this season like always

In Spanish football, the Pichichi award is given every year to the top goalscorer in La Liga season by the sports newspaper Marca since 1929. Late Spanish and Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra won it most number of times (6).

Some legendary players like Hugo Sanchez, Raul, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Samuel Eto'o and Brazil's Ronaldo have won this award in the past.

Last few years have seen the domination of Messi and Ronaldo. In the last 8 years, Lionel Messi won it 4 times, Cristiano Ronaldo won it 3 times and Luis Suarez once. Once again, Lionel Messi leads the race for 2017/18 season. But this time, Cristiano Ronaldo is not his close competitor.

Let's see the 5 players who can beat Messi to the Pichichi Trophy

#5 Antonio Sanabria, Real Betis

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Sanabria is just 21

After three substitute appearance at the start of the season, Antonio Sanabria started his first game of the 2017/18 campaign against Real Madrid and scored the winner against the reigning European Champions at Santiago Bernabeu. It was a beautifully taken header in the 92nd minute of the game.

He did not look back after that and scored 6 more goals in his next 6 La Liga games. His minutes per goal ratio of 83 minutes per goal was the best in La Liga along with Lionel Messi, for anyone in the top 10.

He is beginning to draw the attention of some big clubs and Atletico Madrid is very much interested in him. At just 21, he will only get better and has every chance to beat Lionel Messi to the Pichichi award.

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