One Luis Suarez statistic means he should be Ballon d'Or favourite

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There's plenty of incredible stats doing the rounds in the aftermath of Barcelona's title win this afternoon.

The Catalan club secured their sixth title in eight years with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Granada, which meant they finished a single point ahead of Real Madrid, who beat Deportivo La Coruna at the same time.

The architect of Barcelona's win was Luis Suarez, who hit a hat-trick to end the season with 40 league goals to his name - five more than Pichichi runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former Liverpool ace is the first player not named either Messi or Ronaldo to claim the Spanish top scorer title in six years, plus he's also Europe's leading goalscorer, four goals ahead of PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

While there are plenty of headline statistics, there's one that stands out above the rest, and it means he should be considered the early favourite to win the Ballon d'Or next January.

Here goes. Suarez scored 40 goals in La Liga last season. He managed them from SEVENTY shots on target. 40 goals from just 70 shots on target. That's a goal for every 1.75 shots he had on target this season. That's just ridiculously deadly.

For context Ronaldo, widely considered the greatest goalscorer in the history of the game, finished with 35 goals from 98 shots on target at an average of 2.8 shots on target. Messi meanwhile scored 26 from 75 shots at a rate of 2.88-per-shot.

Even when taking in his total shots on target he's well ahead of Ronaldo; Suarez only had 125 shots all season to score his 40 goals while his Real Madrid rival took 65 more shots to score five goals less.

As it stands, with plenty of time to go in the year before the award is handed out in Zurich next January, Ronaldo is the consensus favourite at around 2/1, with Messi close behind at 5/2.

Suarez, third favourite at 3/1 should rocket to the top of that list very soon indeed. He's been the main man for Barcelona this season and he still has a chance to further enhance his chances in the Copa del Rey final next week. Watch this space.

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