Messi awarded La Liga 19/20 top goal scorer
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VIDEO SHOWS: MARCA FOOTBALL AWARDS CEREMONY, COMMENTS BY PLAYERS KARIM BENZEMA, LIONEL MESSI AND THIBAUT COURTOIS AND COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE
SHOWS: UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION, SPAIN (DECEMBER 21, 2020) (MARCA TV HANDOUT - LOGO MUST NOT BE OBSERVED)
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1st MARCA FOOTBALL AWARDS CEREMONY IN PROGRESS
2. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID STRIKER, KARIM BENZEMA, SAYS:
"I would like to thank the fans for this award. I feel very happy and honored with this award. I hope that I can continue to perform on the pitch as I did, work and show everyone that I have a lot on the pitch can do good things. " . Many Thanks."
3. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA FORWARD, LIONEL MESSI, SAYING:
"I want to thank you again for this award. It is an honor to have achieved seven of them and to surpass (Telmo) Zarra because it means. Thank you very much, I hug you."
4. JOURNALIST TALKING TO REAL MADRID GOALKEEPER, THIBAUT COURTOIS
5. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID GOALKEEPER, THIBAUT COURTOIS, SAYS:
"I attach great importance to this year (this season's award) because it is my first at Real Madrid. Besides winning the league, which is the main goal, individual awards are nice to have, but the collective is always better. That is due to the work of the entire team. "
6. JOURNALIST TALKING TO COURTOIS
7. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID GOALKEEPER, THIBAUT COURTOIS, SAYS:
"As I said, it is important to fight for the league and if we obviously want to fight for the league we have to try to keep a clean sheet like we did recently against Sevilla and Atletico. If we can do it in to stay in this league. " I hope I won it (the Zamora award for the fewest goals conceded). The most important thing is to win the league and if I can't win the Zamora it doesn't matter, I prefer to win the league. "
8. JOURNALIST TALKING TO REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE
9. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:
"What the players wanted was to play football again (after the COVID-19 lockdown), and in an extraordinary way. They were desperate to quit the league and become champions, and that is exactly what they did. This award is enclosed them." . "
10. JOURNALIST TALKING TO ZIDANE
HISTORY: Lionel Messi received the seventh Pichichi trophy for last season's top scorer in the league at the Marca Football Awards on Monday (December 21).
The Argentine striker scored 25 goals in the 2019-20 season and topped the scorers list for the seventh time in his career, once more than Telmo Zarra, who played for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and 1950s.
Messi can break another goal record on Tuesday evening (December 22nd). If he scores a goal for Barca against Real Valladolid, it will be his 654th goal, beating Pele's record for the number of goals scored for a single club.
In the meantime, Karim Benzema has received two awards - the award as the best player of the fans and the award of Alfredo di Stefano as the best player in the league in the 2019/20 season. The Frenchman scored 21 goals when Real Madrid won the league for the first time since 2017. Alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema is the first player to win the Alfredo di Stefano Prize since Raul in 2007/08.
Benzema's teammate, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, received the Zamora Award for the fewest goals conceded. It's the third time the Belgian has won the award after winning it twice for Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has been named the league's best manager for the 2019-20 season.
(Production: Silvio Castellanos, Tim Hart)
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