La Liga Rankings: 1975-93

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  1. comme

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    Feb 21, 2003

    Player of the year

    Leo Messi. “Don’t write about him, watch him,” Pep Guardiola once advised. So Pep Guardiola did.

    Team of the season
    (4-3-3) Diego Alves (Valencia); Dani Alves (Barcelona), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Nicolás Otamendi (Valencia), José Luis Gayà (Valencia); James Rodríguez (Real Madrid), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona); Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Leo Messi (Barcelona)

    Substitutes: Suárez, Neymar, Busquets, Iniesta (all Barcelona); Kroos (Real Madrid), Bacca, Banega (Sevilla), Parejo (Valencia), Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano), Nolito, Kron-Dehli (Celta de Vigo), Juanfran (Atlético Madrid), Jonathas (Elche), Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Cheryshev, Vietto (both Villarreal), Sergio García (Espanyol), Kakuta (Rayo), Castillejo (Málaga).
  2. comme

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    Feb 21, 2003

    Player of the Year
    Luis Suárez. “When Neymar and Messi play I try to get out of the way,” the Uruguayan said and yet it turned out that when he got in the way he was quite good. Finished the season with more goals and more assists than anyone else in Spain, scoring Barcelona’s first goal of the year at San Mamés and their last at Los Cármenes, to take them to the title. On 40 league goals, no one other than Messi and Ronaldo has ever got more in a season, and he has finally broken up their domination of the Pichichi awards, seven years on. “There’s a reason he’s called Luis Suárez,” cheered the only Spaniard ever to win the Ballon d’Or. His name, in case you’re wondering, is also Luis Suárez.

    Young player of the year
    Artiz Aduriz, 35.

    Team of the season
    GK: Navas(Real Madrid)

    RB: Juanfran (Atlético)

    CB: Piqué (Barcelona)

    CB: Godín (Atlético)

    LB: Felipe Luis (Atlético)

    M: Busquets (Barcelona)

    M: Bruno (Villarreal)

    M: Modric (Real Madrid)

    F: Messi (Barcelona)

    F: Suárez (Barcelona)

    F: Griezmann (Atlético)

    Subs: Aduriz (Athletic); Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo (Real Madrid); Neymar and Iniesta (Barcelona); Gabi and Oblak (Atlético); Augusto (Celta and Atlético); Bastón (Eibar); Lucas(Depor); Nolito (Celta).
  3. comme

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    Feb 21, 2003
    Player of the Year
    Leo Messi. In a season that defied easy analysis, teams shifting through different phases and players coming and then going again, stars soon slipping away, one thing was constant: Messi being brilliant. Top scorer in the league, top scorer in the Cup, and top scorer in the Champions League until he was overtaken by Ronaldo on the final day – and all that from a position that sometimes looked suspiciously like midfield. All that in a year in which it wasn’t even the goals that defined him, but everything else.

    The fact that Messi was hauled back in Europe and beaten to the league does introduce significant doubt, it is true. By the end, given the way it played out and the fact that Madrid ended as double winners, there is a temptation to turn towards Isco or Ronaldo instead, or maybe even Marcelo or Ramos – arguably their best player over the whole season (Marcelo) and the embodiment of their spirit respectively (Ramos). Maybe it would be right to do so, as well. After all, Isco and Ronaldo were symbols of the shift in power, the motors that drove Madrid in the final, decisive weeks. Truth is, it does feel a little funny to crown a player whose season ultimately felt like a disappointment, despite having Luis Suárez and Neymar alongside him . It may even be wrong.

    But no, it’s not. Not really. Because here’s the thing, the most simple, most basic thing: this season, Messi was the best player in Spain by a very, very long way. Maybe even better than he has ever been before. Asked to explain how Sevilla had lost to Barcelona, their president José Castro said: “Because they have Messi and we don’t.” And while even he couldn’t win every game single-handedly, that became a recurring theme. One day, cameras caught Suárez talking to Messi. “How do you strike the ball?” he asks. “I’m going to have to learn how to do that.”

    Team of the season
    GK: Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid – with Valencia’s Diego Alves taking over for penalties)
    RB: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)
    CB: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
    CB: Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
    LB: Marcelo (Real Madrid)
    M: Stephen N’Zonzi (Sevilla)
    M: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
    M: Isco (Real Madrid)
    FW: Messi (Barcelona)
    FW: Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)
    FW: Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

    Subs: Madrid’s

    OK, OK: Suárez, Neymar, Umtiti (Barcelona), Kroos (Real Madrid), Illaramendi (Real Sociedad), Aspas (Celta Vigo), Llorente (Alavés), Trigueros (Villarreal), Pedro León (Eibar), Sandro (Málaga), Aduriz (Athletic), Roque Mesa (Las Palmas).

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