Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Suarez: Who has the most La Liga MOTM awards?

What Lionel Messi achieved in La Liga while playing for Barcelona may never be repeated by another footballer.

During his 17 years playing in the competition, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner produced numbers that fall into the superhuman category.

Messi is the leading scorer in La Liga history with 474 goals and he holds the record for most assists with a whopping 192.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar made the Spanish top-flight his own personal playground for nearly to decades and that’s also reflected in the absurd number of Man of the Match awards he won.

According to PopFoot, Messi scooped the individual prize in 55% of the La Liga matches he played in from 2009 onwards, which is a truly outrageous statistic.

Even Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t come anywhere close to competing with that…

The 20 players with the most La Liga MOTM awards since 2009

20. Nabil Fekir (21 in 94 games)

19. Ivan Rakitic (22 in 384 games)

18. Isco (22 in 317 games)

17. Neymar (22 in 123 games)

16. Gareth Bale (23 in 176 games)

15. Santi Cazorla (23 in 168 games)

14. Alvaro Negredo (24 in 258 games)

13. Nolito (24 in 240 games)

12. Diego Godin (26 in 313 games)

11. Gabi (26 in 397 games)

10. Raul Garcia (31 in 410 games)

9. Aritz Aduriz (32 in 323 games)

8. Luis Suarez (34 in 254 games)

7. Dani Parejo (39 in 410 games)

6. Gerard Moreno (44 in 253 games)

5. Antoine Griezmann (49 in 416 games)

4. Iago Aspas (49 in 280 games)

3. Karim Benzema (53 in 412 games)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (93 in 292 games)

  1. Lionel Messi (227 in 411 games)

No, you’re not seeing things, since 2009 Messi really was named Man of the Match an astonishing 227 times in La Liga.

Ronaldo’s return from his Real Madrid days is also mighty impressive and if he had notched those numbers in the Premier League, he’d be comfortably ahead of Chelsea legend Eden Hazard at the top of the tree.

Unfortunately for the Manchester United striker, he’s competing with a footballing alien named Messi, who makes his numbers look bang average in comparison.

Lionel Messi: Can you get 20/20 on this quiz about his Barcelona career?

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