Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi was yesterday awarded the Pichichi award for the highest goal scorer in Spanish League and the Di Stefano award for the best player in the league last season by the Spanish League Federation and which was the player adds to his ever growing award cabinet.
The year 2019 has been a relatively successful year for Messi who won the FIFA world best player of the year award, followed by a record 6th Ballon D’Or award which he won in France ahead of Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s defender, Virgil Van Dijk.
The 32 year old player who was not present at the award ceremony held in Spain yesterday sent a video message to thank the organizers of the award and express his excitement at winning the awards.
Reports have it that Messi was not present at the awards because he was training hard for tomorrow’s game against league rivals, Real Madrid. The El-Classico comes up tomorrow night at Camp Nou by 8pm Nigerian time and the match is a league leader decider as both teams are on same points, with Barcelona only leading with goal difference.
Last season, the Argentine player scored 36 goals and created 12 assists in 34 league matches that helped Barcelona secure the Spanish league trophy.
The Alfredo Di Stefano award awarded to Messi as the best player for last season was introduced in the 2007/2008 season to appreciate outstanding players. For the Pichichi award, this is the 7th time that Messi is winning the prestigious award, meaning that he has been the League’s highest goal scorer on seven different occasions, a record never created by any player in Spanish League history.
On the same night, Atletico Madrid goal keeper, Jan Oblak won the Zamora trophy for the best goal keeper in the league for last season. Oblak kept an impressive 20 clean sheets in 37 matches for Atletico Madrid.
Congratulations to Lionel Messi as he continue to break old football records and make new ones.