Cristiano: Operation Pichichi with Messi's goal haul now in reach

Barcelona's Messi on 25 goals leads the top scorers chart in LaLiga but with another batch for the Real Madrid machine, catching his greatest rival is no longer an impossible dream.
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Cristiano Ronaldo.

With Barcelona's LaLiga lead already 15 points, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has found a new motivation for scoring goals in the domestic competition: the Pichichi.

Cristiano hot on Messi's heels

Barça's Lionel Messi sits atop that individual list on 25 goals, but this is now only three more than his eternal Madrid rival. And with the vast majority of Cristiano's 22 goals coming since the turn of the year, the deficit has been gradually closing and now catching the little Argentinian looks a real possibility. Thanks to a four-goal haul on Sunday, Los Blancos' number seven is now second top scorer in the league, one better than Messi's teammate Luis Suárez.

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes the ball at the end of the Spanish League football match between Real Madrid CF and Girona FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on March 18, 2018.

This incredible vein of scoring form that the Portuguese star is on can be further seen from the ratio of his shots to goals. In the first half of the season he required more than 23 shots for every goal. So far in the second half of the campaign he has needed less than four shots to have the goalkeeper pick the ball out of the net.

Golden Shoe not impossible for CR7

With only four goals to his name in that first round of games, his eighteen in nine since the midway point has got him positioned as one of Europe's hottest strikers once again. Not only is Spain's Pichichi in sight, but he may also have eyes on the Golden Shoe. Liverpool's Mo Salah also scored a double-brace at the weekend against Watford and leads the way on 56 points (28 goals).

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
3Valencia 59 18 5 6
4Real Madrid 57 17 6 5
5Sevilla 45 14 3 11
Full standing
Next matches
Real Madrid - Girona D-18/03 20:45
Las Palmas - Real Madrid S-31/03 18:30
Real Madrid - Atlético D-08/04 17:00

*Update 18 de marzo de 2018