The Argentinian equalled Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra’s record of six honors last season, yet he is currently out all alone after another sublime campaign in front of goal.
His twofold in the final-day 5-0 defeat of Deportivo Alaves took him to 25 goals in 33 appearances, while his cross to Ansu Fati for the initial objective saw him set another precedent for most aids a solitary La Liga battle, breaking the past best set by previous colleague Xavi.
It was insufficient to direct Barca to a third back to back title, in any case, with Real Madrid pulling ceaselessly in the final weeks to seal top spot.
“I always say that the awards and individual goals are secondary,” Messi said when asked about winning the award.
“It is true that it could have been taken as an important achievement for being the seventh Pichichi, but I would have liked it to come accompanied by the league title.”
Madrid striker Karim Benzema was four goals behind in the race for the award with 21, while Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno was third with 18 goals, two ahead of Messi’s Barca team-mate Luis Suarez.