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Barcelona's forward Lionel Messi has dominated La Liga's best player and best forward awards, with 9 and 10 wins respectively.

The La Liga Awards, previously known as the LFP Awards, are presented annually by the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) to the best players and coach in La Liga, the first division of association football in Spain. Established in the 2008–09 season, they are the first official awards in the history of the Spanish competition.[1] La Liga's best coach and player in each position—goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, and forward—are chosen based on a voting by the captain and vice-captains of each club, while the best player overall is determined via statistical analysis.[2]

Since the La Liga Awards' creation, Barcelona players have won 32 honours in the six main categories, almost triple the number won by any other club. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been named La Liga's best player for a record-breaking nine times and La Liga's best forward for ten times in eleven years, with the latest honour received for the 2018/19 season. Across all positions, the other outstanding individuals are Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta with five wins, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola with four wins, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos with four wins, and goalkeepers Jan Oblak of Atlético Madrid with four wins, Iker Casillas of Real Madrid and Víctor Valdés of Barcelona with two wins each.


Main categoriesEdit


Season Category
Best Player Best Goalkeeper Best Defender Best Midfielder[note 1] Best Forward Best Coach
2008–09[3]   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)   Dani Alves (Barcelona)   Xavi (Barcelona)
  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)
2009–10[3]   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)   Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)   Xavi (Barcelona)
  Jesús Navas (Sevilla)
  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)
2010–11[3]   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)   Eric Abidal (Barcelona)   Xavi (Barcelona)
  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)
2011–12[3]   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)   Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)   Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)
  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)
2012–13[4]   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Thibaut Courtois (Atlético Madrid)   Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)   Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad)
  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid)
2013–14[5]   Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)   Keylor Navas (Levante)   Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)   Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
  Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)   Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid)
2014–15[6]   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Claudio Bravo (Barcelona)   Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)   James Rodríguez (Real Madrid)   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Luis Enrique (Barcelona)
2015–16[7]   Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)   Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid)   Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid)   Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid)
2016–17[3]   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid)   Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)   Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   José Luis Mendilibar (Eibar) and   Asier Garitano (Leganés)
2017–18[3]   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid)   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2018–19[3]   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid)   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)   José Bordalás (Getafe)

Additional categoriesEdit

Season Category
Fair Play Breakthrough Player World Player[note 2] Fans' Five-Star Player
2008–09[3]   Juan Carlos Valerón (Deportivo)   Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) Not awarded Not awarded
2009–10[3]   Marcos Senna (Villarreal)   Pedro (Barcelona) Not awarded Not awarded
2010–11[3]   Alberto Rivera (Sporting Gijón)   Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao) Not awarded Not awarded
2011–12[3]   Carles Puyol (Barcelona)   Isco (Málaga) Not awarded Not awarded
2012–13[4]   Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)   Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad) Not awarded Not awarded
2013–14[5]   Ivan Rakitić (Sevilla)   Rafinha (Celta Vigo)   Carlos Bacca (Sevilla)
  Yacine Brahimi (Granada)
Not awarded
2014–15[6] Not awarded Not awarded   Neymar (Barcelona)
  Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia)
  Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2015–16[7] Not awarded   Marco Asensio (Espanyol)   Luis Suárez (Barcelona)   Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)

The following awards were presented once:

Season Category Recipient
2012–13[4] Most Valuable Player   Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2013–14[5] Best Goal   Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Other La Liga honoursEdit

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ Until 2015, the category was divided into Best Midfielder (listed first) and Best Attacking Midfielder.
  2. ^ In 2014 and 2015, the category was divided into Best American Player and Best African Player.


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