Lionel Messi is the highest scorer in LaLiga, Luis Suarez has the most assists, Diego Llorente has the best tackling rate and Steven Nzonzi has the best passing statistics.

These statistics are the most popular, but there are other less well-known bits of data from across top flight of Spanish football.

MARCA dives into 10 numbers you probably did not know:

1. Messi has 12 braces in LaLiga, but no hat tricks

The Argentine international has scored twice in games more than any other LaLiga player this season, with 12, but he has not managed a single hat trick.

The last time he finished the season without a hat trick was in 2008/09, and he has two games left to remedy it.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored two hat tricks in LaLiga action in 2016/17.

2. Ruben Castro has one goal for every three shots on target

The Betis striker is one of the most effective players in the league, and on average, he has needed just three attempts to score a goal.

The veteran has had 36 shots and scored 11 goals, compared to Messi, who has scored 35 from 72 shots and Ronaldo, who has 20 from 54.

3. Luis Suarez is the most offside player in LaLiga

Uruguayan international Suarez has been flagged offside 47 times this season, more than any other player. His closest rival to this unfortunate title is Eibar’s Sergi Enrich, who has been caught offside 35 times, closely followed by Deportivo’s Florin Andone, with 32.

Messi, by contrast, has been flagged offside just once this season.

4. MSN have hit the woodwork 18 times

Barcelona trio Messi, Suarez and Neymar have all been frustrated by the woodwork six times each this season, more than anyone else in LaLiga.

Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas joins MSN on six, with Gareth Bale, Aritz Aduriz and Yannick Carrasco all hitting the frame of the goal five times in 2016/17.

5. Morata would be top Spanish scorer, if penalties were not counted

Despite not playing as much as he would like this season, Morata has still netted 15 goals in 1,254 minutes of LaLiga action this season.

He would be the front-runner for the Pichichi Trophy, ahead of Aspas on 17, if penalties were discounted from the total. He would also be the leading LaLiga scorer for Real Madrid if spot kicks were ignored, ahead of Ronaldo, who has 20 League goals.

6. Lucas Vazquez and Marc Ter-Stegen have played in the most victories

Vaquez and Ter Stegen have been the lucky charms for their clubs this season, in 31 and 34 games played by the pair respectively their team has not lost in LaLiga.

The closest player to matching Vazquez’s record is Lucas Hernandez, who has 12 wins in 13 games for Atletico, while Samuel Umtiti has 22 victories in 23 games this season for Barcelona.

7. Mantovani is head and shoulders above in clearances

Leganes defender Martin Mantovani has made more headed clearances in LaLiga than any other player.

The Argentine has successfully headed away 103 balls this season, with Espanyol’s Diego Reyes second with 97 and Florian Lejeune of Eibar third with 93.

Mantovani has played a key role in helping Leganes avoid relegation this season, with Asier Garitano’s side conceding just seven headed goals in 2016/17.

8. Only three players have completed every minute of LaLiga action

Only three players have played in every one of the 3,240 minutes of LaLiga action this season, and they are all goalkeepers.

Granada’s on loan keeper Guillermo Ochoa, Betis’ Antonio Adan and Real Sociedad’s Geronimo Rulli have achieved the marathon feat.

The outfield player without the most minutes this season is Gerard Moreno, who has racked up 3,100 minutes in attack for Espanyol.

9. Roberto Soriano is the most substituted player in LaLiga

Villarreal midfielder Soriano has been hauled off more than any other player this season. He has been withdrawn in 20 of their 32 of the League games, teammate Nicola Sansone and Atletico Madrid’s Carrasco are next on the list with 19.

10. Sansone is the top penalty winner

Italian striker Sansone has won more penalties for the Yellow Submarine this season, with four, than any other LaLiga player. The closest to him is Osasuna’s Sergio Leon, who has won three penalties in 2016/17.

On the other hand Real captain Sergio Ramos and Vigo’s Facundo Roncaglia have conceded the most penalties this season, with three each.


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