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La Liga roundup after Matchday 16

La Liga Roundup - Messi hits 50-goal mark for 5th straight season

December 17, 2018 By Oscar Rojas
There were no changes among the top four teams this weekend, but that was irrelevant as soon as Messi stepped in to dazzle fans.

Another week has gone by in La Liga and Barcelona seems to be en route to defend their title properly.

The slow start of the season has not deterred Valverde's men from their goal, and with a brilliant Lionel Messi leading the pack, it's hard to see them not ending the season as the best team in Spain.

This week, Messi's hat-trick stole a number of headlines, especially since he became the most-winning player in Barcelona's history, with his 323 wins surpassing those accomplished by former team-mate Xavi. Furthermore, the Argentine ace scored his 50th goal in 2018, which means that he's repeated that feat in eight of the last nine years.

Speaking about Barcelona's bitter rivals, Real Madrid earned a hard-fought win against Rayo Vallecano, who made Los Blancos battle for a 1-0 victory. During that game, Karim Benzema managed to silence a few of his critics with the game-winning goal for one interesting reason.

Pichichi race

Once again, Messi extended his lead as the best striker in the Spanish top flight, with Cristiano Stuani and Luis Suárez a few goals behind.

La Liga standings after 16 games

At the moment this article is being written, there is only one game left to be played in Matchday 16. How will it change the landscape of the Spanish top flight?

 

Pos.TeamMPWDLGFGAGDPForm
1 Real Madrid 32 21 8 3 60 21 +39 71 WWWWW
2 Barcelona 33 21 7 5 74 35 +39 70 DDWDW
3 Atlético Madrid 33 15 14 4 43 25 +18 59 DWWWW
4 Sevilla 33 15 12 6 48 33 +15 57 WDDDD
5 Villarreal 33 16 6 11 53 40 +13 54 WWDWW
6 Getafe 32 14 10 8 42 30 +12 52 WDDDL
7 Athletic Club 33 12 12 9 38 28 +10 48 WWLWD
8 Real Sociedad 32 14 5 13 48 41 +7 47 LLLLD
9 Granada 33 13 7 13 40 38 +2 46 WLDLD
10 Valencia 33 12 10 11 41 48 -7 46 LLLWL
11 Levante 33 12 6 15 41 46 -5 42 DWLWD
12 Osasuna 32 10 11 11 38 47 -9 41 WWLLD
13 Real Betis 33 9 10 14 43 54 -11 37 LLWLD
14 Real Valladolid 33 7 15 11 27 37 -10 36 DDDLD
15 Deportivo Alavés 33 9 8 16 32 50 -18 35 LLLLW
16 Eibar 32 9 8 15 34 48 -14 35 WWDDL
17 Celta de Vigo 33 7 13 13 32 42 -10 34 LDWWD
18 Mallorca 33 8 5 20 35 56 -21 29 WLLDL
19 Leganés 33 5 10 18 24 49 -25 25 LLDDL
20 Espanyol 32 5 9 18 26 51 -25 24 LLLDW
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