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Pichichi 100 year anniversary

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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Messi breaks Muller's record!

Messi breaks Muller’s world record

Messi breaks Muller's record!Just 25 minutes in and he’s done it! 86 goals in a calendar year. Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona and it’s that man Lionel Messi that bags a brace to break the world record of goals scored in a calendar year held by Gerd Muller.

Can he now go on to equal Falcao and score five??

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Messi equals Muller record

Messi equals Muller’s record

Messi equals Muller recordJust 15 minutes in and he’s there. 85 goals in a calendar year. Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona and of course, it’s that man Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi has now equalled Gerd Muller’s world record of goals scored in a calendar year.

Can he now go on to break the record in the remainder of this match? Watch this space…

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Falcao 5 goal Pichichi

Falcao bags 5 in Pichichi race

Falcao 5 goal PichichiRadamel Falcao tonight scored 5 goals in Atletico Madrid’s 6-0 drubbing of Deportivo La Coruna! A first half brace followed up by an 8 minute second half hattrick saw Falcao jump from 11 goals to 16, leap-frogging Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in to second place in the race for the Pichichi 2012-2013. It’s the first time one player has scored 5 in La Liga for 10 years.

He remains 5 goals behind Lionel Messi who will play later this evening in Barcelona’s away game at Real Betis down in Andalusia. Messi himself is looking to break Gerd Muller’s record tally of 85 goals in a calendar year and just needs two to do just that. A few days ago it seemed like Messi may fall short of the record and lose ground in the Pichichi battle as he seemed to suffer a bad injury in the Champions League. However, the man, or perhaps machine, has recovered to come back instantly.

How Aston Villa fans have been made to suffer from afar since their club decided against spending £7m on Falcao in 2009 as they opted for Emile Heskey instead. Falcao is now widely regarded as the best out and out striker in world football and is Breaking the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly in La Liga’s Pichichi race.

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Top 15 World Footballers by Market Value

Top 15 Footballers by Market Value

Rooney-Aguero-Falcao-Transfer-ValueAs the January transfer window approaches, AS look at who is worth the most in the transfer market and discover that there are 15 players in the world that are valued at more than €40m.

The Madrid-based paper have highlighted the fact that 9 of the top 15 play in the Spanish La Liga. Just three players from the Premiership make the top 15: Rooney in 4th position is valued at €60.2m; Aguero is 7th (€53.7); and Hazard is 11th (€43.7).

Valued at €140m Lionel Messi tops the list compiled by Brazilian consultants, Pluriconsultoria , and the rest of the top 15 is as follows:

Top 15 World Footballers by Market Value

Messi – €140m
Ronaldo – €96.3m
Iniesta – €68.4m
Rooney – €60.2m
Falcao – €56.1m
Neymar – €55m
Aguero – €53.7m
Fabregas – €51m
Silva – €51m
Ozil – €44m
Hazard – €43.7m
Di Maria – €43.6m
Benzema – €42.5m
Thiago Silva – €40.5m
Buquets – €40m

So that’s four from Barcelona, 4 from Real Madrid, 1 from Atletico Madrid and one each from Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Pluriconsultoria analyse 16 factors to come to their conclusions including age, technical quality, finishing ability (passes as well as shots), force, position, level of championship, titles and international appearances. All sounds a bit championship manager really. Of the above you’d thik only Falcao and possibly Neymar would move in January, and if they do I wonder how close it would be to the value given above. Sadly for Spurs fans Gareth Bale doesn’t make the top 15 so according to this publication could be off for less than €40m. Doubtful though isn’t it.

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Messi scores against Athletic Bilbao

A Mess in the Pichichi Standings

Messi scores against Athletic Bilbao

After this weekend of matches there is now a mess with the Pichichi classification and it’s not the first time it’s happened.

After his 2 goals at the weekend in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, Leo Messi extended his lead at the top of this year’s Pichichi. But should he be tied at the top with another player (ahem, Ronaldo) then there will be all sorts of uproar.

There was similar controversy in both 2004-05 and 2010-11, stemming from the awarding of goals by Marca newspaper. Now, despite there being an official count of the league top scorer, the prestigious Pichichi trophy is set up and awarded by Marca newspaper, and Marca don’t use the official goals panel to decide who scored the goals. They decide themselves.

In 2004-05 Diego Forlan won the Pichichi outright, with 25 goals awarded. This, however, despite Samuel Eto’o also being officially labelled as scoring the same amount with Barca. This is because Marca only gave him 24, attributing a goal against his old club, Mallorca, to Deco (despite official arbitrators giving it to Eto’o).

This also had an effect on the European Golden Boot (now called Golden Shoe!). The ‘Bota de Oro’ (Golden Boot) is the award presented each season to the leading goalscorer in league games from the top level of every European league. It uses the Pichichi standings and as such Eto’o missed out on a share of that as well (although, he made up for it by winning both the Pichichi and Golden Boot the following year).

Then for the 2010-2011 Pichichi Marca awarded Ronaldo the prize and listed him as having 41 goals, despite the official tally being just 40. They had given him a goal officially awarded to Pepe. This didn’t matter in terms of competition with others as 40 would also have won it, but it did mean the new Pichichi record he had set was a goal greater than it should otherwise have been. Though it only took a season for the record to be knocked out of the water as Messi racked up a cool 50 goals the following season (last year).

This time the official count gives Messi Barca’s second goal against Athletic but Marca refuse to do so as they say the goal was an own goal by defender Amorebieta, who, in his eagerness to clear Messi’s goal-bound chip, tipped the ball in to the net.

So, the goal is officially Messi’s, but not for the Pichichi Trophy organiser, Madrid’s daily Newspaper.

Right now, although the detail is serious, it is irrelevant because Messi is tyrannical leader of the classification of La Liga’s sharp shooters. Cristiano is currently second with 13 ‘targets’ and Falcao has 11. But if for some reason the final battle would end in a tie, there would be a big problem.

Messi scores against Athletic Bilbao

After this weekend of matches there is now a mess with the Pichichi classification and it’s not the first time it’s happened.

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Messi one less game | Barca sex promise | Falcao City bound?

Messi one less game | Barca sex promise | Falcao City bound?

Today’s video shorts:

The second legs of the next round of the Spanish Copa del Rey have been postponed until January meaning Pichichi perfectionist, Leonel Messi, has one game less to break Muller’s record.

A porn star who is a massive Barca fan has offered a night of passion with any Barcelona fan if Barcelona win the league this season. Don’t worry, she has a wide taste with her own choices, were she to have free reign, being Puyol, Xavi and Messi.

Falcao again left out of Los Colchoneros side in Europe last night meaning he’s still not cup tied should he move club. Mundo suggest that he’s destined for Man City.


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Messi Passes Pele and Closes in on Muller

Messi Passes Pele and Closes in on Muller

Most goals in a calendar year – Messi overtakes Pele and closes in on Gerd Muller’s world record:

  • Pele scored 75 goals in 53 games for Santos and Brasil in 1958.
  • Gerd Muller scored 85 goal in 60 games for Bayern Munich and Germany 1972.
  • Lionel Messi has, so far, scored 76 goals in 65 games for Barcelona and Argentina in 2012.

Messi has a potential 12 games left this calendar year, 2012: 11 for Barca (providing they qualify for the next round of the Copa del Rey) and one for the Argies this week against Saudi Arabia, who are managed by the man who brought Messi in to Barcelona’s first team, Frank Rijkaard!

A break down of the potential games remaining this year for Messi:

  • 6 x La Liga
  • 2 x Champions League
  • 1 x Copa del Rey, becoming 3 x Copa del Rey if Barcelona complete the win over 2 legs (currently 3-0 up after first leg, with home tie left to play)

His current ratio of goals per game in 2012 is 1.17. If he continues at that ratio he will only need he will only need to play 9 of the remaining 12 games to break Muller’s record..

Messi currently leads La Liga’s Pichichi after 11 games with 15 goals, three ahead of second placed Ronalado (12) and Falcao (10) in third.

Yesterday’s two goals that saw Messi first equal and then break Pele’s record came against his second favourite keeper, Mallorca’s Aouate. Messi has scored 11 goals against Aouate, a feat only better against Iker Casillas, against whom he’s scored 17 times.

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Messi level with Kubala

Messi level with Kubala

A quick review of the top news stories from the football newspapers today in Spain
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Barcelona 5-0 Villarreal: Matchday 2 2011

Barcelona 5-0 Villarreal: Matchday 2 2011

Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez and Leo Messi (2) scored the five goals for the Catalans. Villarreal could not do anything.

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