Messi tops year end La Liga power rankings, suarez, and ronaldo trail

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi remained unparalleled in the 2017-18 season as he topped the Sky Sports La Liga annual Power Rankings. He remained all over the pitch during the season, helping his team in a successful year-round campaign. They did the Copa del Rey and La Liga double and remained the apex man in the race for Europe’s Golden Shoe. He had 34 goals in the Liga, and 47 total goals in all competitions. He also managed 21 assists during the campaign.

Messi got 126,991 points to secure the first position in the rankings. He was followed by Luis Suarez from Barcelona who got 76,774 points. On the third spot was Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo who received 67,133 points. It is quite evident that he has 65 percent more points than the second spot holder Suarez and 38 percent more points than Mohammad Salah, Premier League winner.

Ronaldo scored only four league goals in mid-January, but he finally found his form back as he finished the season with 26 goals to his credit, including a spectacular performance against Deportivo in a 7-1 win. Iago Aspas also had a good season with 22 goals to his credit for Celta Vigo. He has also managed to win a pot in the World Cup squad for Spain. The former Liverpool striker will be seen making a name for himself in the national team. When it comes to duels and aerials, one of the best performance of the season was Gerard Moreno who scored a total of 16 goals.

Atletico Madrid also sent their players to the top 10. Stopper Jan Oblak managed 109 saves during the year with 22 clean sheets. He was a step ahead from Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen who had 98 saves and 19 shutouts to his name. His teammate Antonie Griezman stole the seventh spot with 19 goals to his credit but he hasn’t committed to the team after the Europa League win. Saul is placed at the ninth spot.

Some other notable players that had a great season should also be mentioned here. ESPN experts have also weighed down their best performers of the year, with Messi topping the charts again. On the second spot was Harry Kane from Tottenham. He earned 30 goals in the Premier League this season and is third in the race for the Golden Shoe as well. Before the final ten matches of the season, his scoring rate was 0.89 goals per game which went down to 0.50 goals per game later.

Paulo Dybala from Juventus claimed the third spot in the rankings. He scored 10 goals in the first six matches of Serie A, establishing the 24-year-old as one of the most valuable players for his team. Even though his performances faded over time, scoring just 12 goals in the next 28 matches, he did well on the field and shows promise. Mohammad Salah slipped to no. 5 while Neymar and Ronaldo were placed at no. 6 and no. 7 respectively.

Dan Procter
Dan is a sports lover and airplane spotter. He has been a working journalist since the age of 18. When he is not busy analyzing performance of top players in the world, he explores the art of making pizza.

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