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Spanish Top Flight More Competitive Now- Messi
After collecting the Trofeo Di Stefano for the division’s best player in 2017-18 season, Lionel Messi stated that the Spanish La Liga is “more competitive than ever” and he hopes it stays that way for many years.
The Barcelona superstar received the award from Spanish sports newspaper Marca on Monday, while also being presented with the Trofeo Pichichi for his 34-goal haul last season.
Messi took his La Liga tally for 2018-19 to nine with a double in Barca’s surprise 4-3 loss at home to Real Betis on Sunday, a result that saw their advantage at the summit cut to just one point.
Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Deportivo Alaves and Espanyol are all above perennial title challengers Real Madrid – who sit four points off the top in the table – and Messi welcomes the more open nature of the division.
“It’s good that the league is like this,” Messi said.
“It’s more competitive than ever, anyone beats anybody, it’s good for the spectators.
“I hope it stays that way for a long time.”