The La Liga 2022/23 season gets under way on August 12 and there is plenty to be excited about. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will be fighting for the title, while a host of clubs will be involved in the relegation battle.
There is also the battle to be the top goalscorer. Once the preserve of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the departure of both players from Spanish soccer has in theory opened up the race. However, as the odds below demonstrate, there are once again two overwhelming favorites to finish at the top of the charts this term.
The season will run until June 4 due to a lengthy break during November and December for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar.
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|La Liga Top Scorers 2022/23 Odds||Odds|
|Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)||+200
|Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)||+200
|Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barcelona)||+1200
|Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)||+1400
|Raul de Tomas (Espanyol)||+2000
|Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo)||+2000
|Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)||+2000
|Arnaut Danjuma (Villarreal)||+2000
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Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema are neck-and-neck in the betting markets to finish as the La Liga top goalscorer. Lewandowski has joined Barcelona from Bayern Munich, where he averaged better than a goal per game in the last three seasons. Benzema won the award last term and will not give it up easily.
It is only natural that the main strikers from La Liga’s two biggest clubs are the favorites, but it is worth looking at some of the other options here. Celta Vigo will not get anywhere near Barcelona or Real Madrid, but Iago Aspas has a proven track record at this level. Look out, too, for Gerard Moreno, with Villarreal likely to do better in the league than they did last time out.
Vinicius Junior of Madrid and Raphinha of Barcelona could potentially rival Benzema and Lewandowski for goals, but that would probably be dependent on the center-forwards suffering injuries.
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|Player and Club||Goals|
|Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)||27|
|Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo)||18|
|Raul de Tomas (Espanyol)||17|
|Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)||17|
|Juami (Real Betis)||16|
|Enes Unal (Getafe)||16|
|Jose Luis Morales (Levante)||13|
|Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid)||12|
|Memphis Depay (Barcelona)||12|
|Player and Clubs||Goals|
|Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||474|
|Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||311|
|Telmo Zarra (Athletic Bilbao)||251|
|Hugo Sanchez (Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano)||234|
|Raul (Real Madrid)||228|
|Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid, Espanyol)||227|
|Cesar Rodriguez (Granada, Barcelona, Cultural Leonesa, Elche)||223|
|Quini (Sporting Gijon, Barcelona)||219|
|Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)||219|
|Pahino (Celta Vigo, Real Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna)||210|
(Last 10 seasons)
|Player(s), Club and Goals||Season|
|Karim Benzema, Real Madrid – 27||2021/22|
|Lionel Messi, Barcelona – 30||2020/21|
|Lionel Messi, Barcelona – 25||2019/20|
|Lionel Messi, Barcelona – 36||2018/19|
|Lionel Messi, Barcelona – 34||2017/18|
|Lionel Messi, Barcelona – 37||2016/17|
|Luis Suarez, Barcelona – 40||2015/16|
|Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid – 48||2014/15|
|Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid – 31||2013/14|
|Lionel Messi, Barcelona – 46||2012/13|
Lionel Messi has finished as the La Liga top scorer more times than any other player. He was the recipient of the Pichichi trophy on eight separate occasions during his Barcelona career, beating the previous record held by Telmo Zarra (six).Other notable multiple winners include Alfredo Di Stefano (five), Quini (five), Hugo Sanchez (five), Ferenc Puskas (four), and Cristiano Ronaldo (three).
The most goals scored in a La Liga season is 50. Lionel Messi racked up half a century of goals in the 2011/12 season when he played in all but one of Barcelona’s 38 matches. It was an astonishing achievement and a record that will probably never be beatenCristiano Ronaldo got close in 2014/15, when he found the back of the net 48 times for Real Madrid. Messi’s second-best tally was 46 in 2012/13, but he actually had a better goals-per-game ratio that year after making just 32 appearances in La Liga.
The La Liga top goal is simply the player who has found the back of the net the most times over the course of the campaign.The winner is only confirmed after each team has played all 38 of its matches, although the top goalscorer can often be predicted a few games before the end of the season if the player in the first place has established a substantial lead over his rivals.
The Pichichi trophy is given to the player who scores the most goals in the La Liga season. It is named after former Athletic Bilbao forward Pichichi, who died of typhus at the age of 29 in 1922. The Pichichi trophy was launched in 1953 by Marca, a Spanish sports newspaper.
Soccer fans based in the United States can watch La Liga on ESPN. Kick-off times usually range from 11.00 AM to 4.00 PM (EDT).
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