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Lionel Messi surprisingly had to settle for second-best as another Argentine player finished as the nation’s top goalscorer for 2020.
Ramiro Rocca has beaten Lionel Messi as the highest-scoring Argentine footballer in 2020 at club level by a single goal.
The 32-year-old striker transferred to CSD Municipal in Guatemala last January and quickly made his mark, scoring 27 goals in only 28 games across all competitions.
Rocca had a low-key start last season by scoring five times in his first 12 outings in the Liga Nacional Clausura. However, he has sprung to life in 2020/21 by smashing home 21 goals in only 15 league games.
Add the goal he scored in Municipal’s 4-1 defeat to Saprissa CONCACAF League in June, Rocca’s total tally rises to 27 goals as per Transfermarkt.
Messi’s absence from Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Eibar on Tuesday, meanwhile, means he had to settle for second-best with 26 club goals – although he did bag 23 assists compared to Rocca’s 0!
Of course, the Liga Nacional Clausura and Spanish La Liga are on a completely different scale in terms of quality.
But for Rocca, it’s a priceless achievement he won’t forget anytime soon.
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