The Highest Scorer in La Liga 2024?

The Pichichi Trophy is awarded every season to the highest scorer in La Liga. Since Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo departed the league, there have been three first-time winners. Here is the list of the highest scorers in La Liga in 2023/24.

Kaylan Geekie
Kaylan Geekie

Last Updated: 2024-07-08

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Artem Dovbyk stunned Spanish football by scoring a final-day hat-trick to win the 2024 Pichichi Trophy in his debut season at Girona. Dovbyk finished the campaign as the highest scorer in La Liga in 2023/24. He edged Alexander Sørloth by one goal. The dead-eyed striker added two more assists, but he played two games more than the Villarreal frontman. 

The Ukraine striker signed for the Catalan club from SP Dnipro-1 for £5,930,000. Dovbyk began a dramatic final day of the season with 21 goals, two behind Sørloth. Girona thrashed Granada 7-0. Dovbyk scored a hat-trick. Villarreal drew 1-1 away at Osasuna, but Sørloth could not find the back of the net. 

A 90th-minute penalty completed his treble and saw Dovbyk sneak past Sørloth to finish top of the scoring charts. Girona finished third in the league and qualified for the 2024/25 UEFA Champions League. SportsBoom recaps the thrilling 2024 Pichichi race and the top 10 highest scorers in La Liga last season.

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Pichichi Trophy: Recent History of Top Scorers in La Liga

Spanish tabloid newspaper Marca awards the Pichichi Trophy to the top scorer in La Liga. Named after Athletic Club de Bilbao player Rafael “Pichichi” Moreno, the trophy has been handed out yearly since the 1952/53 season. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the top two highest scorers in La Liga history. They collectively won eleven Pichichi Trophies. 

The Argentinian won the award eight times, Ronaldo three during their epic rivalry. Hugo Sánchez, Alfredo di Stéfano, and Quini all won the award five times; only Messi has won more. Between the 2009/10 and 2021/22 seasons, Luis Suárez (2015/16) was the only player to top score in La Liga other than Messi and Ronaldo. 

Since they departed Spain, there has been a different winner of the coveted Pichichi Trophy for the last three years. Karim Benzema topped the charts in 2021/22, scoring 27 goals in 32 games for Real Madrid. Robert Lewandowski claimed the prize the following season. The Barcelona forward won the award with 23 goals from 34 matches to finish top scorer in La Liga in 2022/23. Dovbyk took home the title this year.

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Who are the Top 10 Scorers in La Liga in 2024?

Eight Europeans make the top 10 scorers in the La Liga list. Two players from Spain lead the way. The other European nations are Ukraine, Norway, Poland, England, Croatia, and France. Vinícius (Brazil) and Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco) represent South American and African countries. 

It is not often the La Liga top-scorers come from clubs outside El Clásico. Dovbyk and Sørloth were the only players to score 20 or more goals. Both finished ahead of the 2022/23 Pichichi Trophy winner, Lewandowski. The most impressive output came from Jude Bellingham, who scored 19 goals.

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Bellingham is not only the best midfielder in La Liga, he is the highest-scoring midfielder in Europe. He has scored more goals than wingers Mohamed Salah and Vinícius Júnior. Bellingham scored four more goals and one assist more than Júnior in the league. 

Vinícius is statistically the best left winger in 2023/24. He has scored more goals than Salah, the best right winger in world football. Salah has been the best winger for years, but Vini Jr. had an incredible domestic and European campaign with Madrid. Júnior and Bellingham are the favourites for the 2024 Ballon d’Or.

1. Artem Dovbyk (Girona)

Dovbyk top-scored in La Liga in 2023/24. He had an excellent season with Girona. The
Ukraine international scored 24 times and added eight assists in 36 matches for the Catalan club.

 

2. Alexander Sørloth (Villarreal)

Norway has a duo of deadly strikers in Europe. Erling Haaland and Sørloth finished first and second top-scorers in the Premier League and La Liga, respectively. Sørloth scored 23 goals with six assists but only played 34 games for Villarreal.

Top 10 Scorers in La Liga 2023/24

RankPlayerClubCountryGoals/Assists
1Artem DovbykGironaUkraine24 (8)
2Alexander SørlothVillarrealNorway23 (6)
3Robert LewandowskiBarcelonaPoland19 (8)
4Jude BellinghamReal MadridEngland19 (6)
5Ante BudimirOsasunaCroatia17 (2)
6Antoine GriezmannAtlético MadridFrance16 (6)
7Youssef En-NesyriSevillaMorocco16 (2)
8Vinícius JúniorReal MadridBrazil15 (5)
9Álvaro MorataAtlético MadridSpain15 (3)
10Borja MayoralGetafeSpain15 (1)

 

*Where equal on goals scored, rankings decided by assists

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3. Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)

Lewandowski is the only previous Pichichi Trophy winner on the top 10 highest scorers in La Liga in 2023/24. The Polish striker top-scored last season with 23 goals. His 19 goals and eight assists in 35 matches were only good enough for third on the list.

4. Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid)

Bellingham was voted Most Valuable Player of the Year in La Liga after a sensational debut season at Real Madrid. The English midfielder was the highest-scoring midfielder in Spain in 2023/24. He scored 19 times and added six assists in only 28 matches to tie third with goal- scoring machine Lewandowski.

5. Ante Budimir (Osasuna)

Ante Budimir had a productive season at Osasuna. He scored 17 goals in 33 matches, adding a couple of assists.

 

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6. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)

Antoine Griezmann once again makes the top 10 list. The France striker notched 16 goals and six assists in 33 games for Atléti.

7. Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla)

Youssef En-Nesyri tied Griezmann for goals; however, the Moroccan forward added four fewer assists in the same number of matches

8. Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid)

Vinícius had a stellar season in Madrid. The Brazilian cemented himself as the best left
winger in the world. Júnior scored 15 times and added five assists in 26 games on his way to another

9. Álvaro Morata (Atlético Madrid)

Álvaro Morata netted 15 times, with three assists, in 32 games for Los Colchoneros. Morata’s goals helped Atléti qualify ahead of Athletic Bilbao for the final UEFA Champions League spot.

10. Borja Mayoral (Getafe)

Borja Mayoral completes the top 10 highest scorers in La Liga in 2024 list. The Getafe
frontman is level on goals with Vinícius and Morata from 27 games, but he only added one assist.

 

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FAQs

Who is the highest scorer for Real Madrid in La Liga history?

Cristiano Ronaldo scored 311 La Liga goals. He is also Madrid’s all-time top scorer, netting 450 goals in 438 matches.

Who is the top scorer in UEFA European Championship (Euros) history?

Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest scorer in UEFA European Championship history. Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in 30 Euro matches across six tournaments, five more than Michel Platini, who only played in one Championship.

Who was the best striker in the EFL Championship in 2023/24?

Sammie Szmodics was the highest scorer in the EFL championship. The Blackburn Rovers striker scored 27 goals, with four assists, in 44 matches.

Kaylan Geekie
Kaylan Geekie Sports Writer

Kaylan Geekie is a sports fanatic. He attended Durban High School before moving to Scotland, where he lived for 15 years. During his time in the United Kingdom, Kaylan graduated with a first-class BA Honours Degree in Sports Journalism at the University of the West of Scotland. Kaylan worked for nine years as the Match-Day Editor of SuperXV.com, reporting on Super Rugby, The Rugby Championship, the 2015 Men's Rugby World Cup and the 2017 British & Irish Lions series for the website.