Barca vs Espanyol: Pichichi vs Zarra

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Barca vs Espanyol Messi fighting Borja Iglesias for scoring honours in Spain

Borja and Messi are on fire this season.
Borja and Messi are on fire this season.
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Barcelona can currently really feel the derby atmosphere in the air, and the battle is not just amongst the two teams as Lionel Messi and Borja Iglesias battle for scoring honours in LaLiga Santander.

Each players are fighting for the Pichichi and Zarra trophies respectively, the former awarded to the highest scorer in LaLiga Santander even though the latter is for the best Spanish marksman in the division, and each and every match brings these awards closer to the two players.

Messi is just about assured to win the Pichichi with his tally of targets this term currently sitting at 29, eleven ahead of his nearest challenger Luis Suarez, who has 18.

Wissam Ben Yedder and Cristhian Stuani each have 16 targets each and every in LaLiga Santander this season, on the other hand Messi is eyeing his record of 34 targets from final season this term.

1 of the issues Barcelona supporters have, especially in relation to winning the Champions League, is that Messi has accounted for just about 40 % of the club’s targets this season.

As essential as Messi is to the Blaugrana, Borja Iglesias is equally so to Espanyol with his return of 11 targets accounting for 34 % of the Catalan club’s targets this season.

With the Spaniard just two targets behind Jaime Mata of Getafe, Iglesias is in contention for the domestic Zarra trophy.

He was entrusted with the job of replacing Gerard Moreno and the 16 targets he supplied in the 2017/18 season, and he has settled into life with Espanyol completely.

So impressive has he been that Everton attempted to prise him out of Spain in January and had been prepared to spend his 28 million euro buyout clause, on the other hand the player decided to continue with Espanyol in the hopes of finishing the season as the highest scoring Spaniard.



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