The 2019 Ballon d’Or, an award given out each year by France Football magazine to the best player of the calendar year, was awarded on Monday and it went to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. This was the sixth time he has won the prestigious award and he followed up this honour by scoring a hat-trick in front of the fans at the Camp Nou during Barcelona’s 5-2 win over Real Mallorca on Saturday night. The Argentine also won LaLiga’s Player of the Month award, for his performances in the month of November.
A new leader in the Pichichi charts
To cap off what has been a very impressive week for Lionel Messi, he has also now gone top of the Pichichi charts as the top scorer so far of the 2019/20 LaLiga Santander season. Even though injury prevented him from starting the season brightly, forcing him to wait until the eighth matchday to score his first goal, he now has 12 goals to his name and has moved ahead of Karim Benzema, who has 11 after scoring in Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Espanyol.
Joaquín shows he’s still got it
Real Betis captain Joaquín may now be 38 years of age, but he can still perform miracles on the pitch. On Sunday, he scored a 20-minute hat-trick at the Estadio Benito Villamarín to help his side defeat Athletic Club 3-2.
Ten of the top stories from around LaLiga this weekend, including some high-profile contract renewals and some big anniversaries.
LaLiga legend David Villa announces his retirement
One of the all-time LaLiga greats has announced that he’s hanging up his boots. David Villa, who starred for a number of Spanish clubs including R. Sporting, Real Zaragoza, Valencia CF, FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid, will retire following the end of Vissel Kobe’s J-League season. Villa won the LaLiga Santander title on three occasions, with Barcelona in 2010/11 and 2012/13, and then again with Atleti in 2013/14.
Five LaLiga players net for Spain
Spain breezed through the first of their November Euro 2020 qualifiers on Friday night with a 7-0 win over Malta in Cadiz. Five of the scorers came from LaLiga Santander clubs, with Alvaro Morata (Atletico de Madrid), Jesus Navas (Sevilla FC), Pau Torres, Santi Cazorla and Gerard Moreno (all Villarreal CF) all getting on the scoresheet.
Luka Modrić is awarded the 2019 Golden Foot
Real Madrid’s mercurial midfielder picked up the prestigious award given out each year to a player over the age of 28 in recognition of their outstanding achievements through their career.
Spanish football has had its eye on the clock more than usual this season, mostly to see how long it takes Rodrygo Goes to get on the scoresheet. Real Madrid’s 18-year-old sensation is very much the flavor of the month, shining in his first season in La Liga and showing a distinct taste for early goals.
On his LaLiga debut for the club against Osasuna he scored just two minutes after coming on as a substitute (95 seconds, to be precise). On his first LaLiga start, he took just seven minutes to find the back of the net. And just last week, on his first start in the Champions League, the Brazilian struck twice within the first seven minutes of Real Madrid’s impressive 6-0 win over Galatasaray. His first, a well-taken shot from distance into the bottom corner, came after just three minutes.
Known back in his native Brazil as ‘O Raio,’ or ‘Lightning Bolt,’ the Sao Paolo native has wasted no time in living up to his reputation as a scorer of fast goals. But he’s by no means the only player with the ability to strike early on. Here are the four fastest goals of the LaLiga Santander season so far… will we see Rodrygo on this list by the season’s end?
Bongani ‘Da Bongz’ Nkosi and Thabang ‘Da Real Cheez’ Kgeledi discuss this week’s soccer topics. But they should hurry because each topic has a time limit.
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