LALIGA SANTANDER

Real Madrid top LaLiga points ranking in 2020

Zidane's team registered more points than anyone else during the calendar year (83), followed by Atlético (73) and Barça (68). Messi, the top scorer on 19 goals.

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Real Madrid top LaLiga points table for 2020. Zidane's team end the calendar year in pole position with 83 points, ahead of Atlético on 73 (having played two games less) and Barcelona, third on 68 points (with one game less). One of the keys to Madrid's tally was the excellent final sprit to  the title when play resumed after the Covid-19 lockdown, when Los Blancos recorded nine wins and  one draw in 10 games, to clinch the league. Madrid only dropped points when they had already had been crowned champions.

Real Madrid top the table during a calendar year for the first time since 2016 - the previous four years were dominated by Barcelona. Madrid's figures this year were as follows: 26 victories, five draws and just five defeats; with 65 goals for and 28 against. It's worth noting that during 2020, LaLiga has been more closely-fought than ever - with the leader having the lowest points total since 2008, when Barça and Villarreal ended joint-top on 74 points.

The final standings for 2020 also reflect the excellent moment of form which Atlético are in - they finish the calendar year in second position as they did two years ago. Much of that is down to the flying start they had to the current campaign in which Simeone's team have racked up 11 victories, two draws and just one defeat, which leaves them top of the table, two points ahead of Real Madrid with a couple of games in hand.

If the table just for 2020 was definitive in determining European places, Sevilla (62 points) would 'theoretically join' Real Madrid, Atlético and Barcelona in the Champions League while Villarreal and Granada would theoretically go into the Europa League. Diego Martínez's Granada have enjoyed a great 12 months, finishing last season in seventh place which gave them the chance to play in the current edition of the Europa League and in spite of the demands of competing in Europe they occupy the same position in the table, seventh, going into 2021.

At the other end of the table, Elche, Espanyol and Huesca finish in the relegation places. It must be noted though that none of them played as many games as rival teams in the top division in 2020 - Elche and Huesca played 14 and 16 games respectively; while the Catalans went down after a miserable season: in 20 games, they won just three, with six draws and 11 defeats.

Messi, the top goal scorer of 2020

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Once again Leo Messi was the top scorer.  The Argentinean has topped the standings for the past four calendar years, practically unrivalled since his old strike partner Luis Súarez finished above him in 2016. The Barça's strike rate has dipped a little - in 2020, he found the target 19 times. In second place is Gerard Moreno with 18 and third is Karim Benzema, with 17. Messi is also the player to have given out the most assists (16), had the most shots on target (88) and struck the woodwork more than anyone else (seven). The player to have converted the most penalties was Sevilla's Ocampos, with eight out his 12 goals for the year coming from the spot.

Fekir, the player to have been fouled the most

Betis' Fekir was fouled more than any other LaLiga player in 2020, 97 (3.12 fouls per game). And Real Sociedad's Mikel Merino was the player to have committed the most - 86 (2.52 per game). Athletic's Iñigo Martínez received the most bookings (14); and lastly, the goalkeepers, Levante's Aitor Fernández made the most saves - with 117 blocks and saves in total, an average of 3.77 per game.