• Lionel Messi has outshined rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the list of players with the most Man of the match award in Spain
  • Messi has an incredible 227 Man of the match award in La Liga which is more than double of what Cristiano Ronaldo possesses
  • The 35-year-old Argentine forward left Barcelona for PSG in 2021, ending his 17-year association with the Catalan club

Lionel Messi has outlined himself as the greatest player to have grazed the Spanish La Liga with his incredible records in Spain’s topflight league in over 17 years.

The 35-year-old who has won 7 Ballon d’Or awards in his illustrious career boasts of the record with the most “Man of the Man award” in the history of La Liga.

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Messi and Ronaldo are regarded as two of the best players to have ever played in Spanish La Liga. Photo by David Ramos/NurPhoto
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According to SportskeedaMessi made his La Liga debut for Barcelona in 2004 as a teenager but the Argentina captain has won 227 “Man of the Man” awards in just 520 appearances La Liga appearances.


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Messi tops the list that includes former Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, and Antoine Griezman of Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo placed second behind Messi with 93 “Man of the Match” awards in 292 appearances for Real Madrid in La Liga.

Top 5 players with the most Man of the Match awards

5. Antoine Griezmann – 49 awards

Antoine Griezmann has been named as the best player in a La Liga games 49 times in 432 appearances in the division.

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Antoine Griezman is listed as the 5th best player with the most “Man of the Man’ awards in the history of Spanish La Liga. Photo by Fran Santiago
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The Frenchman made his La Liga debut as a Real Sociedad player in 2010 before moving to Atletico Madrid.

4. Iago Aspas – 49 awards

Iago Aspas has enjoyed a successful career with Celta Vigo in Spain. The 35-year-old striker has scored 141 goals and laid on 51 assists in the league.


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Iago Aspas is one of the best forwards in Spain and the Celta Vigo forward has bagged 49 “Man of the Match” awards. Photo by Quality Sport Images
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Aspas rejoined Celta in 2015 and has been talismanic for the club since then he has been named Man of the match in 49 of his 296 La Liga appearances.

3. Karim Benzema – 53 awards

Karim Benzema won the 2022 Ballon d’Or after a stellar year for club and country. The veteran striker has impressed greatly for La Liga giants Real Madrid.

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Karim Benzema was recently awarded the 2022 Ballon d’Or award and the Real Madrid star has won 53 La Liga “Man of the Match” awards. Photo by NurPhoto
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Benzema has been named the Man of the Match in 53 of his 412 games in the Spanish league.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 93

From Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo rapidly established himself as one of the greatest players in history. He stayed with the team until 2018, when he transferred to Juventus.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the second player with the most man of the man awards in La Liga with 93. Photo by NurPhoto
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In 292 La Liga games with Real Madrid, the Portuguese attacker received 93 Man of the Match awards.

1. Lionel Messi – 227

In 2004, when he was still a teenager, Lionel Messi made his La Liga debut for Barcelona. He cemented his reputation in the league’s history during the following 16 years.


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Lionel Messi made 520 La Liga appearances for Barcelona and was crowned as the Man of the match in 227 games. Photo by David Ramos
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In 2021, he left Barcelona for PSG, ending his 17-year affiliation with the team.

In 520 La Liga games, Messi has won the Man of the Match award an incredible 227 times.

Mega match between the two football superstars

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will go down as two of the best footballers in the history of the sport.

The two superstars dominated European football for nearly 20 years and were close to playing a super match at Wembley, where each player chose their teammates.

Ronaldo and Messi broke numerous records and won every individual award in the last decade. The two have played against each other plenty of times in the El Clasico, arguably the biggest football rivalry.

Source: SportsBrief.com

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