The La Liga season is set to kick off this weekend for the 2021/2022 campaign.
Following the exit of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Pichichi battle will be finally open to new contenders as both superstars colonised the honour between themselves. Anyway, that was right before
Luis Suarez came into the equation and disrupted their monopoly.
At the moment though, the Uruguayan is still plying his trade in the Spanish League after helping Atletico Madrid lift the title last season. He doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon.
Here are the top five most likely players to win the Pichichi this season –
– Luis Suarez
The former Barca star will be gunning for the star prize this time around as Atletico’s top marksman after a successful debut season.
His finishing can be wayward sometimes, but you can always rely on the Uruguayan to produce spectacular goal moments to bail his team out at anytime.
Last season, he scored 21 goals and gave three (3) assists to other teammates, suggesting a shift in game play as opposed to his time in Barca when he gave more assists per season.
– Karim Benzema
The Real Madrid forward is another one to look out for after having a great outing in 2020/2021 campaign.
Benzema will be expected to shoulder the bigger burden of scoring for the capital side again. He scored 23 goals last season, making him a good contender for the award in 2021/2022 La Liga season.
– Antoine Griezmann
Griezmann may not have scored as much goals like his compatriot above, but he did enjoy a good season.
The departure of Messi is sure to get the Frenchman more playing time in his most preferred position on the pitch.
This is definitely going to uplift his performance and opportunity conversions.
So, expect Griezmann to better his statistics in the past campaign. He is definitely in the competition for Pichichi.
– Memphis Depay
The Netherland International was snapped up by Barca in a free transfer.
Since his arrival, Depay has been on fire, mesmerizing the fans with his astounding displays during the preseason matches.
If he were to keep up with his current form all through the upcoming season, Suarez and Co will have to sit up. Also another angle to his game is that he is a big chance creator which has resulted in high assists yields for his teammates. He assists as much as he scores.
– Gerard Moreno
The Spaniard has been progressing very well over the last four years, and now he is La Roja’s number 9.
The Villarreal striker has been a big revelation since his arrival at the Yellow Submarines. His prolific goalscoring abilities has turned him to one of Europe’s most coveted lethal strikers.
He helped Villarreal lift their first ever Europa League trophy and reached the Semi-finals with Spain at the Euro’s.
The 29yrs old forward will be hoping to build on from his 23 goals haul last season.
Who do you think will win the Pichichi in La Liga for 2021/2022?