5 players who could win the Pichichi if Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were disqualified
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated La Liga's goalscoring charts in recent years, with Luis Suarez the only player to break the duopoly both players have had on the coveted Pichichi crown.
If you remove Messi and Ronaldo, there are a few players who would have a shot at the Trofeo Pichichi. Here are five candidates who are capable enough:
#5 Aritz Aduriz - Athletic Bilbao
He may be ageing, but he’s doing so like a fine wine. Aritz Aduriz has been among La Liga’s top scorers for several years now and has become one of the finest marksmen in Spain since hitting his 30s. Last season alone he scored 16 goals in La Liga, a number topped by only one other Spanish player the domestic top flight.
While often Aduriz is pigeonholed as a brutish, combative striker who excels in the air, it’s often overlooked just how competent he is with the ball at his feet. A goal against Valencia this past week, one of his former clubs, showcased exactly that as he plucked the ball out of the air before swivelling on the spot and firing home. It was an exquisite piece of play and few others have such a rounded game.
Aduriz is a strong presence in attack, able to hold the ball up and be the catalyst for all of Athletic’s attacking output. He’s even been known to drop out wide and help progress play too, such is the volume of work he puts in for the team. It’s incredible to think at 36 years old he’s better than ever.