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    Argentina international and Barcelona star, Lionel Messi has won a record 7th Pichichi award after he finished the league season with 25 goals.

    Messi equaled Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra’s record of six awards last season, but he is now out on his own after another superb campaign in front of goal.

    The play-maker has also set a new record for the total assists, breaking the record of his former Barcelona team-mate Xavi Hernandez.

    Double strikes in the final-day 5-0 rout of Deportivo Alaves took him to 25 goals in 33 appearances, while his cross to Ansu Fati for the opening goal saw him set a new record for most assists in a single La Liga campaign, breaking the previous best set by former team-mate Xavi.

    However, it was not enough to earn Barca a third consecutive title, as Real Madrid pulled away in the final weeks to seal top spot.

    “I always say that the awards and individual goals are secondary,” Messi said when asked about winning the award.

    “It is true that it could have been taken as an important achievement for being the seventh Pichichi, but I would have liked it to come accompanied by the league title.”

    IT’S OFFICIAL! Leo #Messi wins the 2019-20 Pichichi Trophy, the seventh of his career, a new, all-time @LaLigaEN record! pic.twitter.com/laAlgFMeAT

    — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 19, 2020

    Madrid striker Karim Benzema was four goals behind in the race for the award with 21, while Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno was third with 18 goals, two ahead of Messi’s Barca team-mate Luis Suarez.

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