Unai Simón Leads The Race For La Liga’s Zamora Trophy
The Zamora Trophy was established in 1958 and is awarded every season to the La Liga goalkeeper with the lowest ratio of goals conceded per game. Named after legendary goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora, the Zamora Trophy is one of the most prestigious awards in all of Spanish football. Only four goalkeepers from Athletic has ever won the award, but Unai Simón could be the next.
The 22-year-old has kept six clean sheets in eleven appearances so far this season, second only to Atlético Madrid’s Jan Oblak. However, Simón has only conceded six goals which equates to 0.55 goals conceded per game, slightly lower than Oblak’s 0.58 figure. Simón is also the only goalkeeper in La Liga with a save percentage over 80%, having stopped 82% of shots he’s faced at this point.
It will be interesting to see if Simón will be able to continue his incredible form over the course of the season, but it’s clear the 22-year-old has already established himself as one of La Liga’s best goalkeepers. Simón currently leads the race to win the Zamora Trophy and if he does he will be the first Athletic goalkeeper to do so since the great José Ángel Iribar received the award at the end of the 1969/1970 season.