La Liga Awards

The La Liga Awards, previously known as the LFP Awards, are presented annually by the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (known as the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) until 2015) to the best players and coach in La Liga, the highest division of association football in Spain. They should not be confused with other similar awards associated with sports newspaper Marca. 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]

Argentine legend Lionel Messi has dominated La Liga's best player and best forward awards, with 6 & 7 wins respectively.

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 six times and La Liga's best forward for seven times, both all time records. 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 Iker Casillas of Real Madrid and Víctor Valdés of Barcelona with two wins each.

Main categories


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][4] 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[5] 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[6] 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[7] Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Claudio Bravo (Barcelona) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luis Enrique (Barcelona)
2015–16[8][9] Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid) Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid) Luka Modrić (Real Madrid) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid)

Additional categories

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[5] Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad) Not awarded Not awarded
2013–14[6] Ivan Rakitić (Sevilla) Rafinha (Celta Vigo) Carlos Bacca (Sevilla)
Yacine Brahimi (Granada)
Not awarded
2014–15[7] Not awarded Not awarded Neymar (Barcelona)
Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2015–16[8] Not awarded Marco Asensio (Espanyol) Luis Suárez (Barcelona) Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)

The following awards were presented once:

Season Category Recipient
2012–13[5] Most Valuable Player Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2013–14[6] Best Goal Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Other La Liga honours

Team of the season

Season Category
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2013–14[10] Thibaut Courtois (Atlético Madrid) Juanfran (Atlético Madrid)
Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao)
Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid)
Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid)
Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao)
Gabi (Atlético Madrid)
Koke (Atlético Madrid)
Ivan Rakitić (Sevilla)
Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2014–15[11] Claudio Bravo (Barcelona) Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Nicolás Otamendi (Valencia)
Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
Jordi Alba (Barcelona)
Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla)
Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona)
James Rodríguez (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)
2015–16[12] Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid)
Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Luis Suárez (Barcelona)

Player and manager of the month

See also



  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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