Messi, Ronaldo, Benzema: Who has won the most Man of the Match awards in La Liga?

La Liga, Spain’s top division, is one of the leagues with the highest concentration of elite players.

Many of the biggest clubs and players in the game’s history have graced the league over the years. The quality of Spanish football teams and players is evident to any football fan.

La Liga teams have produced more Ballon d’Or winners
The fact that La Liga clubs have produced the most Ballon d’Or winners is a testament to the quality of players in the competition.

Real Madrid and Barcelona (12 each) dominated the Ballon d’Or, making La Liga the most successful club in terms of Ballon d’Or winners. Since 2008, no player from any other league has received the award.

However, there are winners and comebacks galore in the Spanish top flight. Certain players have been more effective than others in influencing the outcome of games.

Without further ado, here is a list of the five players with the most Man of the Match awards in La Liga history.

#5 Antoine Griezmann – 49

After establishing himself as one of the best players in the world in the late 2010s, Antoine Griezmann has suffered a slump in recent years.

Griezmann has been named the best player in La Liga games 49 times in 432 games in the division. The Frenchman debuted in La Liga as a Real Sociedad player in 2010, before moving to Atlético de Madrid.

It was at Atleti that Griezmann really reached great heights. He joined Barcelona for over €100m, but the move didn’t work out and he is back at Wanda Metropolitano, albeit on loan.

Griezmann scored 164 goals and provided 70 assists in La Liga. The 31-year-old has five goals and three assists in 11 games this season.

#4 Iago Aspas – 49

Celta Vigo’s talisman, Iago Aspas, is a perfect example of how players’ performances can differ in different leagues. The Spanish veteran has been one of the most consistent players in the Spanish top flight for the past seven years, but has had a short, failed stint in the Premier League.

Aspas made his La Liga debut for Celta de Vigo before moving to Liverpool in 2013. He failed to score at the club and was loaned back to Sevilla after just one season. Aspas eventually rejoined Celta in 2015 and has been a talisman for the club ever since. He was named man of the match in 49 of his 296 appearances in La Liga.

Aspas had a successful career at Spain’s Celta de Vigo. The 35-year-old forward has scored 141 goals and provided 51 assists in the league, including six goals and two assists in 11 games this season.

#3 Karim Benzema – 53
Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema is one of the best players in the world. The Frenchman won the 2022 Ballon d’Or after a stellar year for club and country. The veteran striker impressed a lot for La Liga giants Real Madrid.

Benzema joined Real Madrid in 2009 as a highly rated young forward for Olympique Lyonnais. He was tasked with replacing iconic striker Raul, who was in the twilight of his career at the Bernabéu.

The Frenchman lived up to the hype, with the Ballon d’Or his crowning moment in Spain. He was named Man of the Match in 53 of his 412 league appearances.

Benzema has been one of the most underrated players of his generation, with his brilliance often going unnoticed. The 34-year-old has 224 goals and 117 assists in the Spanish top flight. That includes five goals and one assist in seven games this season.

#2 Cristiano Ronaldo – 93

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players who graced the game. The great Portuguese has had a successful career that others can only dream of. The 37-year-old has won the coveted Ballon d’Or five times.

Ronaldo moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 and quickly established himself as one of the best ever. He remained at the club until 2018, when he moved to Juventus. The Portuguese forward was named Man of the Match 93 times in 292 games for Real Madrid in La Liga.

The Portugal captain has enjoyed a hugely successful career with both club and national team. The veteran striker has scored 311 goals in 292 La Liga games. He also contributed 85 assists.

#1 Lionel Messi – 227
Lionel Messi is arguably the greatest player to play in La Liga. His achievements are unparalleled, and his competition record is outrageous. Messi won the Ballon d’Or seven times.

Messi debuted in La Liga for Barcelona in 2004 as a teenager. For the next 16 years, he put his name in stone in the league’s history books. He left Barcelona for PSG in 2021, ending his 17-year association with the club. He has been named Man of the Match an astounding 227 times in 520 appearances in La Liga.

Messi has had a successful career and has had several individual accolades to show for it. The 35-year-old scored 474 goals and provided 216 assists in La Liga, both records.

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