The Pichichi Trophy is a name that resonates with football fans as the benchmark for La Liga top scorers.

Named after the legendary forward Rafael "Pichichi" Moreno, this annual award has celebrated the leading goalscorer in Spain's premier division since the 1952-1953 season.

While not an official La Liga accolade, its prestige is unquestionable.

Past winners range from legendary players like Alfredo Di Stéfano to contemporary icons like Lionel Messi.

In this article, we'll take a chronological journey through each season's winner, spotlighting the exceptional skill and scoring prowess that define La Liga's finest strikers.

2023-2024

TOP SCORER

Club

La Liga Top Scorer

As of now, the Pichichi Trophy for the 2023-2024 La Liga season remains up for grabs. With the campaign still in progress, several strikers are vying for the title of La Liga top scorer.

The race is tightly contested, and it's anyone's guess who will ultimately seize this prestigious award by the season's end.

Stay tuned as the drama unfolds and a new name is added to the illustrious list of Pichichi winners.

2022-2023

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

Barcelona

Lewandowski top goalscorer

In the 2022-2023 La Liga season, Robert Lewandowski of FC Barcelona clinched the coveted Pichichi Trophy by leading the scoring charts with 23 goals. This achievement adds to his impressive resume, which includes multiple top-scorer titles in the Bundesliga, where he set records for goals scored in a single season with clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

2021-2022

KARIM BENZEMA

Real Madrid

Benzema Pichichi Trophy Winner

The 2021-2022 La Liga season concluded with Karim Benzema leading the goal tally. The forward from Real Madrid secured his first Pichichi Trophy, netting 27 goals during the campaign, and finally made his mark as the La Liga Top Scorer.

2020-2021

LIONEL MESSI

Barcelona

La Liga - Messi

In the 2020-2021 La Liga season, Lionel Messi claimed his eighth Pichichi Trophy by leading the scoring charts with 30 goals in 35 matches for FC Barcelona. He easily surpassed competitors Karim Benzema and Gerard Moreno, who each netted 23 goals.

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2019-2020

LIONEL MESSI

Barcelona

Lionel Messi has won the 2019-20 Pichichi trophy

In the 2019-2020 La Liga season, Lionel Messi secured his seventh Pichichi Trophy, setting an all-time record for the award. Messi, who has claimed the trophy seven times in the past 11 seasons, netted 25 goals during this particular campaign. A brace in Barcelona's 5-0 victory against Alaves on the season's final matchday confirmed his win, edging out Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, who ended the season with 21 goals.

2018-2019

LIONEL MESSI

Barcelona

Pichichi Trophy

With a two-goal performance against Eibar, Lionel Messi closed the league season with 36 goals, tying the record for most Pichichi awards with his sixth win.

2017-2018

LIONEL MESSI

Barcelona

Messi Top Scorer Trophy

At the 2018 Marca Awards, Lionel Messi was recognized as La Liga top scorer for the 2017-2018 season, netting 34 goals in 36 matches.

2016-2017

LIONEL MESSI

Barcelona

Pichichi Messi

In the 2016-2017 La Liga season, Lionel Messi was the league's top scorer with 37 goals.

This performance was another highlight in Messi's illustrious career and further cemented his status as one of the greatest footballers of all time. During this season, he also provided numerous assists and was instrumental in Barcelona's overall play, although the club finished second in the league, behind Real Madrid.

2015-2016

LUIS SUÁREZ

Barcelona

Luis Suarez leading goal scorer Spain

In the 2015-2016 La Liga season, Luis Suárez claimed the Pichichi Trophy as the league's top scorer. Playing for FC Barcelona, the Uruguayan striker had an incredible season, scoring 40 goals in 35 league appearances. His goal tally was the highest in La Liga that season and helped Barcelona secure the league title.

Suárez's prolific form didn't stop at just scoring goals; he also provided a significant number of assists, contributing to Barcelona's dynamic attacking play alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. in what was famously known as the "MSN" attacking trio.

This season was a personal high for Suárez in La Liga and solidified his reputation as one of the world's premier strikers. It was also remarkable as it broke the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly on the Pichichi Trophy, which had been ongoing since the 2008-2009 season.

2014-2015

CRISTIANO RONALDO

Real Madrid

Ronaldo Top Scorer

In the 2014-2015 La Liga season, Cristiano Ronaldo emerged as the league's top scorer, securing the Pichichi Trophy for himself. The Portuguese forward, who was playing for Real Madrid at the time, had a phenomenal season, scoring 48 goals in 35 league appearances.

Ronaldo's goal tally for that season was one of the highest in La Liga history and showcased his extraordinary goal-scoring abilities. Despite his individual success, Real Madrid finished second in the league that season, trailing behind FC Barcelona.

2013 - 1929

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2012-2013: Lionel Messi

Goals: 46, Club: FC Barcelona

2011-2012: Lionel Messi

Goals: 50, Club: FC Barcelona

2010-2011: Cristiano Ronaldo

Goals: 40, Club: Real Madrid

2009-2010: Lionel Messi

Goals: 34, Club: FC Barcelona

2008-2009: Diego Forlán

Goals: 32, Club: Atlético Madrid

2007-2008: Daniel Güiza

Goals: 27, Club: Mallorca

2006-2007: Ruud van Nistelrooy

Goals: 25, Club: Real Madrid

2005-2006: Samuel Eto'o

Goals: 26, Club: FC Barcelona

2004-2005: Diego Forlán

Goals: 25, Club: Villarreal

2003-2004: Ronaldo

Goals: 24, Club: Real Madrid

2002-2003: Roy Makaay

Goals: 29, Club: Deportivo La Coruña

2001-2002: Diego Tristán

Goals: 21, Club: Deportivo La Coruña

2000-2001: Raúl

Goals: 24, Club: Real Madrid

1999-2000: Salva Ballesta

Goals: 27, Club: Racing Santander

1998-1999: Raúl

Goals: 25, Club: Real Madrid

1997-1998: Christian Vieri

Goals: 24, Club: Atlético Madrid

1987-1988: Hugo Sánchez

Goals: 29, Club: Real Madrid

1986-1987: Hugo Sánchez

Goals: 34, Club: Real Madrid

1985-1986: Hugo Sánchez

Goals: 22, Club: Real Madrid

1984-1985: Hugo Sánchez

Goals: 19, Club: Atlético Madrid

1983-1984: Jorge da Silva

Goals: 17, Club: Real Valladolid

1982-1983: Poli Rincón

Goals: 20, Club: Real Betis

1981-1982: Quini

Goals: 26, Club: FC Barcelona

1980-1981: Quini

Goals: 20, Club: FC Barcelona

1979-1980: Laurie Cunningham

Goals: 24, Club: Real Madrid

1978-1979: Hans Krankl

Goals: 29, Club: FC Barcelona

1977-1978: Mario Kempes

Goals: 28, Club: Valencia

1976-1977: Mario Kempes

Goals: 24, Club: Valencia

1975-1976: Quini

Goals: 21, Club: Sporting Gijón

1974-1975: Hugo Sánchez

Goals: 19, Club: UNAM

1973-1974: Quini

Goals: 20, Club: Sporting Gijón

1972-1973: Marianín

Goals: 19, Club: Oviedo

1971-1972: Enrique Porta

Goals: 20, Club: Granada

1970-1971: José Eulogio Gárate

Goals: 17, Club: Atlético Madrid

1969-1970: Amancio

Goals: 16, Club: Real Madrid

1968-1969: José Eulogio Gárate

Goals: 14, Club: Atlético Madrid

1967-1968: Fidel Uriarte

Goals: 22, Club: Athletic Bilbao

1966-1967: Waldo

Goals: 24, Club: Valencia

1965-1966: Vavá

Goals: 19, Club: Elche

1964-1965: Cayetano Ré

Goals: 25, Club: Elche

1963-1964: Ferenc Puskás

Goals: 20, Club: Real Madrid

1962-1963: José Eulogio Gárate

Goals: 19, Club: Atlético Madrid

1961-1962: Juan Seminario

Goals: 25, Club: Zaragoza

1960-1961: Ferenc Puskás

Goals: 27, Club: Real Madrid

1959-1960: Ferenc Puskás

Goals: 25, Club: Real Madrid

1958-1959: Alfredo Di Stéfano

Goals: 23, Club: Real Madrid

1957-1958: Manuel Badenes

Goals: 19, Club: Real Valladolid

1956-1957: Alfredo Di Stéfano

Goals: 31, Club: Real Madrid

1955-1956: Alfredo Di Stéfano

Goals: 24, Club: Real Madrid

1954-1955: Juan Arza

Goals: 28, Club: Sevilla

1953-1954: Alfredo Di Stéfano

Goals: 27, Club: Real Madrid

1952-1953: Telmo Zarra

Goals: 24, Club: Athletic Bilbao

1951-1952: Pahiño

Goals: 28, Club: Real Madrid

1950-1951: Telmo Zarra

Goals: 38, Club: Athletic Bilbao

1949-1950: Telmo Zarra

Goals: 24, Club: Athletic Bilbao

1948-1949: César

Goals: 28, Club: FC Barcelona

1947-1948: Pahiño

Goals: 21, Club: Celta Vigo

1946-1947: Telmo Zarra

Goals: 34, Club: Athletic Bilbao

1945-1946: Telmo Zarra

Goals: 24, Club: Athletic Bilbao

1944-1945: Isidro Lángara

Goals: 25, Club: Oviedo

1943-1944: Mundo

Goals: 27, Club: Valencia

1942-1943: Mariano Martín

Goals: 32, Club: FC Barcelona

1941-1942: Mundo

Goals: 17, Club: Valencia

1940-1941: Pruden

Goals: 33, Club: Atlético Aviación (now Atlético Madrid)

1939-1940: Vantolrá

Goals: 22, Club: FC Barcelona

1935-1936: Isidro Lángara

Goals: 28, Club: Oviedo

1934-1935: Isidro Lángara

Goals: 26, Club: Oviedo

1933-1934: Guillermo Gorostiza

Goals: 20, Club: Athletic Bilbao

1932-1933: Manuel Olivares

Goals: 12, Club: Real Madrid

1931-1932: Guillermo Gorostiza

Goals: 12, Club: Athletic Bilbao

1930-1931: Bata

Goals: 27, Club: Athletic Bilbao

1929-1930: Guillermo Gorostiza

Goals: 19, Club: Athletic Bilbao

1928-1929: Paco Bienzobas

Goals: 14, Club: Real Sociedad

THE HISTORY OF THE PICHICHI TROPHY

The Pichichi Trophy, known in Spanish as the "Trofeo Pichichi," holds a noted place in the annals of Spanish football.

Named in honor of Athletic Bilbao striker Rafael "Pichichi" Moreno, the trophy has been awarded annually since the 1952–53 season.

Bestowed by the Spanish sports newspaper Marca, the accolade recognizes the La Liga top scorer in each season.

Even players who led the league in scoring before the trophy's official introduction were retroactively named Pichichi winners, underscoring the award's historical import.

In a nod to the rise of women's football, the top scorer of Liga Iberdrola has also been honored with the Pichichi Trophy since the 2014–15 season.

Despite its storied history, it's important to note that the Pichichi Trophy is not officially recognized by La Liga's governing body, the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LaLiga).

The award relies on Marca's scoring data, which occasionally diverges from the league's official records.

Intriguing Statistics and Milestones

  1. Record Wins: Argentine superstar Lionel Messi holds the record for the most Pichichi awards, with an astounding eight wins, all while playing for Barcelona.
  2. Pioneering Winner: The inaugural Pichichi Trophy was claimed by Telmo Zarra in 1953, who ended his career with a total of six Pichichis, the second-highest number in history.
  3. Versatility: Quini is a unique figure in Pichichi history, having won the trophy with two different clubs, Sporting Gijón and Barcelona.
  4. International Flair: The current winner of the Pichichi is Poland's Robert Lewandowski, who secured the title in the 2022–23 campaign with Barcelona.
  5. Historical Highs: The single-season goal record for a Pichichi winner is held by Lionel Messi, who scored a jaw-dropping 50 goals in the 2011–12 La Liga season.
  6. Multi-Winners: Only a handful of players have won the trophy multiple times. Besides Messi and Zarra, the list includes legendary players like Alfredo Di Stéfano with five wins and Ferenc Puskás with four.
  7. Golden Connection: The European Golden Shoe, first awarded in 1968, has often found its way to Pichichi winners, marking them as not just national but continental top-scorers.
  8. Scoring Efficiency: In the 1930–31 season, Bata from Athletic Bilbao had a stunning ratio of 1.588 goals per game, one of the highest in Pichichi history.
  9. Shared Glory: Some seasons have witnessed a tie for the top spot, like in 1957–58 when Manuel Badenes, Ricardo Alós, and Alfredo Di Stéfano all scored 19 goals.
  10. Club Dominance: Historically, players from Real Madrid and Barcelona have most frequently won the Pichichi, highlighting the clubs' offensive prowess.

The Pichichi Trophy not only serves as an individual accolade but also as a historical document, tracking the evolution of offensive play in Spanish football. Through its highs and lows, triumphs and controversies, the Pichichi remains a much-coveted and highly respected prize.