Luis Suárez’s hat-trick on the final day of the league season confirmed his status not only as La Liga’s top scorer but of Europe too.
The Uruguayan entered a rich vein of form in the season run-in, hitting 14 goals in the last five games to put himself at the summit of the goal scoring charts both at home and on the continent.
His may have saved his best form until the very end but the 29-year-old has been at it throughout the campaign. At the start of the season, he scored in seven consecutive matches before going onto break the tallies of legends Maradona, Romario and Ronaldo.
Suárez’s brace at the Santiago Bernabeu in that famous 4-0 win, his back-to-back four-goal hauls against Deportivo and Sporting and his hat-tricks against Athletic, Eibar, Celta and Granada showed just what a lethal striker he is.
European Golden Shoe
With his relentless hunger for goals, Suárez has reached an incredible 40 goals in the league, a total which hands him the two biggest goal scoring prizes at stake: the Pichichi and the European Golden Shoe.
Only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have achieved the same feat. The Real Madrid forward finishes runner-up behind the Uruguayan with 35 goals, while Messi comes in third with 26.
Suárez now has two Golden Shoes to his name, after his incredible season at Liverpool in 2013/14.
Source: FC Barcelona