Pichichi was more than a great goalscorer who died before his time. He was a law student, an Athletic Bilbao legend, an Olympian, a referee and a man who ‘lived life on the edge’.
Long before he became immortalised as synonymous with La Liga’s top goalscorer award, Rafael Moreno Aranzadi – known as Pichichi – was Spanish football’s first great goalscorer, excelling for Athletic Club.
Like so many parts of the world, football in the Basque Country of Spain owes debt of thanks to the early Brits who settled and brought the sport with them.
In 1989, for the first time in 40 years, Real Sociedad decided that they needed foreign blood to compete. Step forward Liverpool hero John Aldridge.
Only two teams in the history of the Primeira Liga have won the title outside of Benfica, Sporting and Porto. One of those was Boavista in 2000/01.