Spanish Papers: Barcelona and Messi win at Marca awardsDecember 19, 2017
Good Morning and Welcome to our brief round up of the Spanish Papers, which focus heavily on Barcelona, who dominated the Marca awards on Monday.
Heading into El Clasico week then and it is Barca who feature heavily in the Madrid papers after normally Real Madrid admirers Marca lavished the Catalan side with a whole host of awards.
Despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s triumph’s on the European stage for both club and country, arch nemesis Messi was handed the Pichichi award (leading scorer) and the Alfredo Di Stefano trophy (best player).
The Argentine forward scored an impressive 37 goals in 34 games last season as Barca finished runners up in the league.
Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak was handed the Zamora trophy (most clean sheets) for his excellent season which saw him concede just 21 goals in 29 games.
Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas won the Zarra award which honours the highest scoring Spanish player in the league, whilst Andres Iniesta won the Most Valuable Player for the Spanish national side.
Jose Luis Mendilibar won the best coach of the year to cap of an empty night for Real Madrid at the awards.
Following on from the awards; Catalan daily’s Mundo Deportivo and Sport both look ahead to El Clasico and claim that Messi, Iniesta and Luis Suarez are heading to the Santiago Bernabeu with one thing on their mind – victory.
Messi is quoted as saying that the Barcelona squad are looking for a nice Christmas present and will head into the game in good spirits after a brilliant performance against Deportivo La Coruna.
Finally, there is little comment on the situation involving Spain being thrown out of the World Cup next summer.
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