Lionel Messi wins 6th Pichichi Trophy, equals Telmo Zarra 66 years record

Lionel Messi wins 6th Pichichi Trophy, equals Telmo Zarra 66 years record

- Lionel Messi has won his sixth Spanish League top scorer's award after finishing the season with 36 goals

- The 32-year-old star beats teammate Suarez and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema to win the prize

- It will be the first time in the history of the league that the winner would beat other competitors by five goals margin

Lionel Messi scored twice against Eibar to help Barcelona end their La Liga season with a 2-2 draw against Eibar at the Municipal del Ipurua on Sunday, May 19.

The two goals took the Argentine's tally in the Spanish League to 36 after featuring in just 34 games at the recently concluded season. He also assisted 13 other goals in the process.

At the end of the campaign, the 32-year-old finished as the highest goals scorer with 36 goals - beating teammate, Luis Suarez (29) and Karim Benzema (29) to win the top prize.

Messi, who won the top goals scorer in Spain for the third consecutive time took his tally of Pichichi Trophies to six and equal the record set by former Athletic Club star Telmo Zarra 66 years ago.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner also contributed heavily to his side emerging victorious in the league, although was unable to help them avoid crashing out of the Champions League.

According to Goal.com, no player has ever won the Pichichi by such a clear margin - the previous record of 14 was set in 1986-87 by Hugo Sanchez.

This is the fifth season the Argentine has scored 50 goals in a season and could increase the tally when Barcelona battle Valencia for the Copa Del Rey title this weekend.

His incredible performance in the season makes him one of the favourites to win the Ballon d'Or title this year.

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The five-time winner of the award finished fifth in the running last year as he and Cristiano Ronaldo's long hold on it was brought to an end by Luka Modric.

Messi is also on course to win the European golden boot award this season having scored a total of 50 goals in all competitions for Barcelona in the out-gone season.

The Catalans captain is battling with Paris Saint Germain youngster Kylian Mbappe, who has 38 goals in all competitions so far.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona were forced to 2-2 draw by Eibar in last La Liga match of the season.

A goal each from Marc Cucurella and Pablo De Blasis in either halves of the meeting ensure the home team share spoils at the end of the game.

The Catalans finished the league with 87 points after 38 matches and retain the La Liga title at the end of the recently concluded season.

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