Pichichi: 100 Years On

Today is the 100th anniversary of the day Pichichi scored his first goal.

Pichichi 100 year anniversaryPichichi‘ whose real name was Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, was the stuff of legend, scoring 200 league goals in 170 appearances over a 10 year career with Athletic Bilbao. His name went on to become one of legend, that which we refer to the player who has scored the most goals in a season in Spain, but not before the man himself had his life cut incredibly short.

Pichichi was labelled a mischievous and unruly troublemaker by his uncle, a local priest, and it was these traits that led to his early death at just 29 years of age. Officially his death was put down to contracting typhus as a result of eating some bad oysters but his family later admitted that he died as a result of his ‘living life on the edge’.

17th March 1913 was the day of Rafael Moreno Aranzadi Pichichi’s debut for his boyhood club Athletic Bilbao: A Copa del Rey semi final. It took him just 2 minutes to register his first Bilbao goal, the first of 77 in 89 Copa del Rey matches.

In 1953 Spanish newspaper Marca decided to set up the award for the season’s top scorer, and named it after the prolific forward from Bilbao.

100 years on and it is Lionel Messi who is odds on to take the Pichichi trophy for 2012-2013 for the third time in four seasons (the other one going to Cristiano Ronaldo).

Read more about the history of Pichichi here.

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