After winning 2 consecutive La Liga titles, FC Barcelona and Luis Enrique couldn’t seem to recover their previous form. This season has been exciting since the start. Atletico Madrid, who usually finish within the first 3 positions in La Liga, is 6th in La Liga. Moreover, Real Madrid, who last time won the league in 2012, is 2nd on the table 1 point behind Barcelona with a game in hand. As we are entering into the second half of the season, the real competition is arriving. Here is a list of 10 La Liga top scorers of 2016-17 season who have starred for their teams. We can expect extreme emotions at the end of this exciting season.
La Liga Top Scorers of 2016-17 season
10. Gerard Moreno
The Spain national and ex-Villareal striker Gerard Moreno is 10th among the La Liga top scorers of the 2016-17 season. He has scored 13 league goals for RCD Espanyol this season with 4 assists in 3280 game minutes. This makes a goal for him every 252 minutes. Gerard couldn’t break through during his time at Villareal. He finally joined the Catalan club in 2015 and is enjoying a decent season.
9. Neymar Jr
The Brazilian hasn’t been the mighty goal scorer he was in the last 2 seasons. But he was surely the one who was most consistent at Barcelona throughout the season. Neymar Jr has been the real driving force of the team. He has been creating chances selflessly and fought till the very end of the game whether it be a loss, draw, or a win. Apart from this, Neymar has scored 13 goals and provided 11 assists this season with an average of a goal every 204 minutes.
8. Sandro Ramirez
The ex-Barcelona starlet has settled very well at Malaga and is a serious threat to opposition defenses. He needed a loan spell away from FC Barcelona in order to get regular playing time and develop himself. The gamble of moving away from the Catalan club has paid off. In the current campaign, the Spaniard has scored 14 goals which make him the 8th La Liga top scorer of the season 2016-17.
7. Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata returned to Spain with a promise by the Los Blancos for an improved role in the squad. But the Frenchman Zinedine Zidane prefers playing Karim Benzema up front instead of the Spanish youngster fighting for the spot. Despite this little playing time, Morata has managed to score 15 goals and 4 provided assists in 1331 minutes played.
Aduriz is one of the most underrated players in the world. He has spent his entire career playing in several divisions of the Spanish football switching between the teams like Mallorca, Valencia, Real Valladolid, and Athletic Bilbao. With the growing age, Aduriz is becoming better. At the age of 36, he is the 6th highest top scorer of La Liga with 16 goals and 1 assist in 2430 minutes played.
5. Antoine Griezmann
Both national team and club team-mate of Kevin Gameiro, Antoine Griezmann hasn’t been up to the mark this time after a dream 2015/16 season. He won the La Liga player of the season award, progressed to the Champions league final, the best player of the UEFA Euro 2016, and best French player award in 2016. He also featured in UEFA team of the year and top 3 players in Europe for 2015/16 season. Griezmann also has 16 goals in La Liga this season and is 5th among La Liga Top scorers of 2016-17 season.
5. Iago Aspas
The Spain-born striker Iago Aspas came through the ranks of the Spanish club Celta De Vigo. After spending some seasons with his childhood club, he went to England to play for Liverpool. After a season, he returned to La Liga and joined Sevilla where he won a Europa league trophy. Iago joined Celta Vigo in 2015 again and had a decent first season. He has risen to his full potential this season and he has leveled his previous tally of 14 league goals in 35 appearances. Currently, he has 19 goals and 3 assists for 2016/17 season.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
The 4 times Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo lost the golden boot to Luis Suarez last season. Despite Real Madrid’s extraordinary form of Real in the league, Cristiano struggled for the goals in the start of the season. He made a comeback in the game against Atletico Madrid by scoring a hat-trick. He is now 3rd amongst the La Liga Top scorers of 2016-17 season with 25 goals. Cristiano has an average of 102 minutes per goal.
2. Luis Suarez
Adidas golden boot winner Luis Suarez hasn’t been anywhere close to the place he was in the previous 2 seasons. After scoring the most number of goals around the Europe in 2015/16, Suarez is really missing that spark that could lead Barcelona to glory. Despite all these struggles, Suarez has the 2nd most goals in La Liga this season. With 29 goals, Suarez has 13 assists as well with an average of a goal every 99 minutes played.
1. Lionel Messi
FC Barcelona’s savior since 2004, Lionel Messi has returned to goalscoring ways after playing as a playmaker for a couple of seasons. He is the only hope that FC Barcelona has to save their terrible season. Leo is doing his efforts to the full to rise up to the occasion every time, but this doesn’t seem to be enough. He has 37 goals and 9 assists in 2863 minutes played this season.