VITORIA (SPAIN), July 20: Lionel Messi won a record seventh top scoring title in the Spanish league after netting twice in Barcelona�s 5-0 rout of Alavas in the final round.
Messi ended with 25 goals, four more than Karim Benzema, who did not score in Real Madrid�s 2-2 draw at Leganas.
Messi is the first player to finish as the league�s top scorer in seven different seasons. He reached the milestone despite missing games because of an injury early in the season. The Argentine�s 25 goals came in 33 matches.
Messi was tied with Telmo Zarra with six scoring titles. He has also now equalled Hugo Sanchez�s feat of four straight top-scorer trophies.
�Individual achievements are always secondary,� Messi said on Sunday.
�I wished it could have come along with the league title.�
This is also the third successive season that Messi finished with the most assists �21� in the league.
Ansu Fati, Luis Suarez and Nelson Semedo also scored on Sunday for Barcelona, which had already secured second place behind Madrid.
Fati opened the scoring in the 24th minute, Messi added to the lead 10 minutes later and Suarez closed the first-half scoring in the 44th. � AP