Best of the 2011/2012 Season: BEST PLAYER!By: Ade C. | June 14th, 2012
Ladies and gentlemen, this is it. This is the big one. Who is the player who has made the difference, who has wowed us with their skills, who has… stop saying “duh, Messi!” and wait to read our writers’ votes first, will you? Or just go to the poll at the end of the post and cast your own vote!
Natasha: it’s obviously Messi, isn’t it? But I’m going to choose another player who I think has been outstanding – Mascherano. He’s been our most reliable and consistent defender this season, without a doubt. You could say that’s not difficult, given Piqué’s drop in form and Puyol’s injuries, but he’s improved so much since joining the club. Certain commentators like to mention how he’s “not actually a centre back” but the position suits him perfectly. He’s made a name for himself as a top class defender and he’s no longer starting games on the bench. He’s starting almost every game and given his improvement and form, he deserves to.
Kage: You mean, besides Messi? Puyol was a rock — an ancient rock who played a ridiculous number of games with a ridiculous amount of energy. But let’s not ignore the patently obvious. Leo Messi not only led the Champions League in scoring for the fourth time in a row, but tied the 50 year-old record for most goals in the competition. He scored five goals in one game against Bayer Leverkusen. Within La Liga, Leo drove home 50 goals. To give an idea about how astronomical that number is, the previous Barca record had been 34 (set by the redoubtable Ronaldo). No one had ever scored over 41 in La Liga before. Or to put it another way, no one in ANY league had EVER scored more than 47. And that 47-goal haul was in the Rumanian League, and it was over 35 years ago. (Unnoticed went Messi’s total of 28 assists, which I believe is also more than anyone in Europe.) Leo played virtually every game, and did it all thrillingly, modestly. We’ll never see his like again.
Yazan: Pinto, who else?! It looks very worrying when you have more trust in your back up keeper than your first choice one, at least you expect him to do something idiotic. No but seriously, 73 goals in a season is something crazy. This guy has been scoring for fun all season, in every competition, finishing as league and champions league top scorer and winning the European shoe award. The award is quite useful because he’ll probably need it to shut Mourinho’s mouth who say’s his goals meant nothing and CR7 should get Ballon D’Or. I would like to introduce you to Lionel Messi!
Fcbfandrivel: Well, it’s got to be Messi, as cliched as that choice is. Not just for the plethora of records shattered during the season or for his unbelievably high standards and consistency or for being involved in every part of the play or for being such an utter joy to watch or even for doing his very best to keep the rest of the team from noticing our severely depleted front line thanks to a seemingly never ending plague of injuries. But for a whole that is much much more than the combination of parts mentioned above. Best summed up by Drogba to Lampard as “We play football, Messi creates football”.
Ramzi: My ego demands that I say “Mascherano!”, a kind of “I told you so!”, and obviously it is easy to build a strong argument to prove that not only Mascherano can pass, and play for Barcelona, but he can play as a center back – brilliantly. Yet, Barcelona’s best player this season was Busquets. He was just perfect, checked all the boxes, and was the most consistent player thoughout the season. He had to execute the most demanding work for the group both physically and tactically, and had different functionality almost with every match. And he felt at home, all the time. Messiastic!
Ade C.: I’m usually the contrary one, but Natasha and Ramzi have already done that for me, and really, how can you not choose Messi? Just watch this video of all his goals and assists for Barça this season… although I’d like to nominate Andrés Iniesta for Best of the Rest, as he has also had an incredible year.
Now, it’s time for you to vote:
Some Related Barcelona Posts:
- Best of the 2011/2012 Season: Best Canterano!
- Best of the 2011/2012 Season: Best Signing!
- Best of the 2011/2012 Season: Best Moment!