We all know it by now: Barcelona won, Messi is its Messiah, and Xavi, his prophet. But who were the hidden leaders of this recently finished edition of La Liga? Read up!
Minutes needed to score a goal : Well, Lionel Messi is actually the leader in this category as well. The Argentinean has scored one goal every 87 minutes, or slightly more than one goal per game.
Since Hugo Sanchez (Real Madrid) decades ago, nobody had done anything like this. Gonzalo Higuain (one goal every 91 minutes) and his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo (one every 99 minutes) followed closely.
Goals using one's head: Bermejo (Xerez) was one of the key reasons why the small Andalusian team did not get officially relegated until the very last game.
Seven header-goals show his superiority when it comes to using, well, his head. Never-ending striker Pandiani was second, with six headers.
Total Shot attempts: Cristiano Ronaldo is selfish when it comes to scoring; we all know that. However, 210 shots in one season are a lot of shots.
The fact that the second maximum shooter, Lionel Messi, is more than 50 shots away at 158, says something about Real Madrid's dependency on the Portuguese.
Red cards: Gonzalo Rodriguez (Villarreal), Negredo (Sevilla) and Pareja (Espanyol) all with three cards. However, the Argentinean from Villarreal was the one who was affected the most by his bookings—he lost his place in Villarreal's defense mid-season, and brought his team down with him when it came to fighting for European spots.
Yellow Cards: Midfielder Luna, from Tenerife, earned 16 yellow cards, or one every 130 minutes. When you play for the less skilled teams of the league, you have to stop Ronaldo, Messi and company with "tactical fouls," something that, on the other hand, would be as cheered by your fans in England as a goal. In Spain, they simply book you.
Good passes: No contest. Xavi (Barcelona) has delivered once again; the Catalan midfielder gave over 2,600 good passes, or one every 71 seconds.
Xabi Alonso, from Real Madrid, ended second, over 400 passes away from the best midfielder in the country.
Goal assists: When you have the best players in the world on the other hand of the pass, assisting them becomes fairly easy. Daniel Alves crossed 11 goal passes from the right, with another right wing, Jesus Navas, second with 10.
Alves' skill when it comes to passing upfront shows how little he sometimes cares about the defense.
Goalkeeper Saves: Diego Alves showed in Almeria he could play in the World Cup, but ultimately he did not have enough of a worldwide reputation to get a spot. However, he was the best goalkeeper in the league, arguably; 170 saves, or one every 20 minutes, are a lot of saves.
Iraizoz (Athletic), second stays behind with almost thirty saves less. And a fun fact; Victor Valdes, the goalkeeper who conceded the least goals in La Liga, is also the one who intervenes the least during a game: one save every 40 minutes, or a little over two per game. With that amazing defense, his job is that much easier.
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