Messi won the Pichichi Trophy for the seventh time

Messi won the Pichichi Trophy for the seventh time

Messi won the Pichichi Trophy for the fourth time in a row. All in all, he won for the seventh time, beating former Spanish forward Telmo Zarra. The Athletic Bilbao legend set a record by winning Pichichi a total of six times between 1945 and 1953.

Barcelona beat Deportivo Alaves 5-0 on Sunday. Messi scored a pair of goals. He is the highest scorer with a total of 25 goals. Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema, who won two titles, with 21 goals.

Messi is the third player after former Real-Atletico compatriots Alfredo Di Stefano and Hugo Sanchez to have picked Pichichi in four consecutive seasons. Argentine superstar, six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi has been winning it continuously since the 2016-17 season.

Messi also set a new record for scoring goals with teammates this season. Xavi Hernandez broke the record set in the 2008-09 season, and the Barcelona captain scored 21 goals with his teammates in the recent season.

However, despite winning the Pichichi Trophy, Barcelona lost the La Liga title. The Catalans lost the title to arch-rivals Real a match earlier. However, Messi is once again at the top of the personal craft award. He has set a new record in assists as well as winning Pichichi.

Messi's statistics in seven editions of winning the Pichichi Trophy

2009-10: 34 goals in 35 matches, average 0.971 per match
2011-12: 50 goals in 37 matches, average 1.351 per match
2012-13: 46 goals in 32 matches, averaging 1.438 per match
2016-17: 37 goals in 34 matches, average 1.088 per match
2017-18: 34 goals in 36 matches, average 0.944 per match
2018-19: 36 goals in 34 matches, average 1.056 per match
2019-20: 25 goals in 33 matches, average 0.758 per match