La Liga Top Scorers 2015-16

La Liga top scorers 2015-16

The 2015/2016 season in La Liga was a close battle for the league title with just three points separating Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. All three were very strong at the time with the Catalans ultimately clinching the title, largely thanks to the incredible goalscoring exploits of Luis Suarez. While the Madrid clubs missed out on the main domestic prize, they did both reach the Champions League Final. Read on for the full list of La Liga top scorers 2015-16, as well as the final league table and a look at the players who provided the most assists.

La Liga Top Scorers 2015-16

The list below features every player who scored 10 or more goals in La Liga 2015-16.

Pichichi Trophy Winner – Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 40 Goals

While this season fell right in the middle of the Messi/Ronaldo era, this was the only campaign in the 2010’s where one of the dominant duo didn’t win the Pichichi. Instead Luis Suarez was the 2015-16 top scorer in La Liga. The Uruguayan hit top form, scoring 40 of the incredible tally of 90 league goals that the famous MSN trident of Messi, Suarez and Neymar racked up.

Suarez went on an absolutely spectacular goalscoring run towards the end of the campaign to pip Ronaldo to the Pichichi and help Barcelona clinch the title. He remarkably netted four times in back-to-back league games as Barça beat Depor 8-0 at the Riazor before demolishing Sporting Gijon 6-0 at home. Suarez scored 14 times in his final 5 league appearances in the 2015-16 season and would even net a hat-trick in his first La Liga match of the following campaign to extend one of the most extraordinary scoring runs in Spanish football history.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 35 Goals

This was Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth most prolific season in a Real Madrid shirt. He was his usual brilliant self with 35 goals in 36 league appearances for Los Blancos in 2015-16, comfortably outscoring his long-standing nemesis Leo Messi, although the late heroics of Luis Suarez, denied him a third straight Pichichi crown.

3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 26 Goals

Only by his own ridiculously high standards, 2015-16 wasn’t a great season for Leo Messi. Playing on the right side of the famous Barça trident, Messi posted his worst scoring season of the 2010’s, with 26 league goals. His slightly lower tally is largely explained by a knee injury which saw him miss two months of the campaign in late 2015.

4. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 24 Goals

Neymar (Barcelona) – 24 Goals

6. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – 22 Goals

7. Aritz Aduriz (Athletic) – 20 Goals

8. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – 19 Goals

Ruben Castro (Real Betis) – 19 Goals

10. Borja Baston (Eibar) – 18 Goals

11. Lucas Perez (Depor) – 17 Goals

12. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada) – 16 Goals

Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla) – 16 Goals

14. Iago Aspas (Celta) – 14 Goals

15. Agirretxe (Real Sociedad) – 13 Goals

Paco Alcacer (Valencia) – 13 Goals

17. Nolito (Celta Vigo) – 12 Goals

Cedric Bakambu (Villarreal) – 12 Goals

Charles (Malaga) – 12 Goals

Javi Guerra (Rayo Vallecano) – 12 Goals

21. Antonio Sanabria (Sporting) – 11 Goals

Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid) – 11 Goals

23. Jonathan Viera (Las Palmas) – 10 Goals

La Liga 2015/16 Table & each club’s Top Scorer

The table below highlights how dominant the big three were this season with Barcelona and Real Madrid both easing past 100 goals while defensive maestros Atleti finished 24 points clear of 4th place. Villarreal clinched the final Champions League slot despite having no player score more than the 12 league goals chalked up by Cedric Bakambu while Europa League winners Sevilla also secured UCL qualification despite only finishing 7th with Kevin Gameiro top scoring for the Andalusians.

Points Goals Scored Top Scorer
1) Barcelona 91 112 Luis Suarez (40)
2) Real Madrid 90 110 Ronaldo (37)
3) Atletico Madrid 88 63 Griezmann (22)
4) Villarreal 64 44 Bakambu (12)
5) Athletic Club 62 58 Aduriz (20)
6) Celta Vigo 60 51 Aspas (14)
7) Sevilla 52 51 Gameiro (16)
8) Malaga 48 38 Charles (12)
9) Real Sociedad 48 45 Agirretxe (13)
10) Real Betis 45 34 Ruben Castro (19)
11) Las Palmas 44 45 Viera (10)
12) Valencia 44 46 Alcacer (13)
13) Espanyol 43 40 Caicedo (8)
14) Eibar 43 49 Baston (18)
15) Deportivo 42 45 Lucas Perez (17)
16) Granada 39 46 El-Arabi (16)
17) Sporting Gijon 39 40 Sanabria (11)
18) Rayo Vallecano 38 52 Guerra (12)
19) Getafe 36 37 Sarabia (7)
20) Levante 32 37 Deyverson (9)

There were some standout goalscoring seasons from a number of individuals further down the league too. The likes of Ruben Castro, Youssef El-Arabi and Lucas Perez enjoyed stellar campaigns while this was also the year of one-season wonder Borja Baston. On loan at Eibar from Atleti he registered 18 times in La Liga to help keep the Basque minnows up. It wasn’t enough to convince Diego Simeone though with Baston being sold to Swansea that summer. A club-record signing, Baston would net just once in the Premier League in his debut season for the Swans and has since struggled to revitalise his career during various loan spells.

Despite Getafe’s relegation, this was also something of a breakthrough campaign for Pablo Sarabia. He top scored for the South Madrid side with 7 goals from midfield before joining Sevilla for the bargain fee of just €1million in the summer of 2016.

La Liga Assists 2015-16

The following players registered 10 or more assists in La Liga 2015/16:

Most Assists – Leo Messi & Luis Suarez (both Barcelona) – 16 Assists

Perhaps surprisingly, this list features a number of players who are better known for scoring goals than creating them, not least Luis Suarez who notched up an impressive 16 assists to go with his outstanding goal haul. Suarez and Messi tied for the most assists with 16 apiece and only Koke prevented an ‘MSN’ one-two-three with the Atleti man enjoying one of his best seasons.

3. Koke (Atletico Madrid) – 14 Assists

4. Neymar (Barcelona) – 12 Assists

5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 11 Assists

6. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – 10 Assists

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – 10 Assists

Roberto Soldado (Villarreal) – 10 Assists

Marco Asensio (Espanyol) – 10 Assists

Espanyol loanee Marco Asensio is another standout name on this list. Just 19 at the start of the campaign, he was one of the breakout stars of La Liga 2015-16, shining for the Barcelona club in his debut top flight season.

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