The La Liga season is almost coming to an end and it looks like Real Madrid will be the champions. They are 4 points ahead of the Catalans and have a superior H2H because they won one of the El Clasico this season.
However, like every other season, there is always an accolade given to the best player of the season. So who should be the best player in La Liga this season?
Let's look at some stats.
1. The number of goals:
Lionel Messi is the highest goal scorer of La Liga having scored 22 goals while Benzema has 19 goals. Of the 22 goals scored by Lionel Messi, 5 were penalty while Benzema scored 4.
Messi is the penalty kick taker of Barcelona but Benzema isn't the one in charge of penalties for his club. If Benzema had been, then he would have surpassed Lionel messi.
2. Number of Assists:
Lionel Messi also has a better record in the number of assists compared to Benzema. The Argentine has made 20 assist this season already while the Real Madrid number 9 has 8 assists.
With these 2 stats, one will easily pick Lionel Messi as the player of the season but on a second note, must the player of the season be the highest goal scorer? There is already the golden boot award to honor the player with the most goals.
To win the player of the season, you have to do more than just goals and assists. I think a player has to be able to help his team win the ultimate prize for him to be the player of the season.
If your assist and goals don't give your team a trophy at the end of the second, why should you be called the player of the second?
Football is a team game and only players that help their teams become champions should be called the best.
Like in the Serie A case of the 2018/2019 season, where Quagliarella scored 26 goals to win the golden boot but Sampdoria ended the season 9th in the league, there was no way he could have been given the best player of that season. I think that should apply in La Liga also.
I think Benzema has been the best player in the league so far because of his contributions to Real Madrid this season. He has placed Real Madrid in a pivotal position to win the league for the first time since the 2016/2017 season when Madrid won the title with 93 points while Barcelona was 90 points
I know some Barcelona fans will not agree with this so I await tour argument and logic in the comment section.
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