Lionel Messi named only 10th best player of 2020 by Madrid media

It has been a year of two halves for Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.

The Argentinian has had an excellent 2019-20 campaign at the individual level, scoring 31 goals and registering 27 assists. Fifty-eight goal contributions in just 44 games have been a remarkable comeback from the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

However, Messi remained depressed after Barca’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in August. Soon after, there was shocking news that the striker wanted to leave Camp Nou.

The 33-year-old had made his decision. He thought it was in everyone’s best interest to move on. Manchester City were waiting behind the scenes, set to take them to the Premier League.

However, when it became clear that Messi would need to sue Barca to force his exit, a move away from Camp Nou failed.

By all accounts, Messi remains determined to leave Barcelona when his contract expires this summer.

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The South American will be free to discuss conditions with foreign clubs from January 1 and Paris Saint-Germain will be leading the queue for his signing, with Man City also being a potential destination.

Although Messi insisted in an interview at the start of the season that he will give anything for Barca, he has not been at his best world level in recent months.

In 18 appearances, Messi has scored 10 goals and put in five more for his teammates. Decent stats for most footballers, but we’re used to a lot better from the player who many football fans consider to be the best ever.

Barcelona Currently sits in sixth place in La Liga, nine points behind Atletico Madrid, and a title challenge seems unlikely unless Messi suddenly shifts into high gear.

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As we come to the end of 2020, Madrid store Marca has ranked the 100 best players of the year.

But they have Messi all the way down to 10th place, despite his performances in the first half of the year.

“There is not much more to say about Messi,” Marca to write. “He won Pichichi’s top scorer award in LaLiga Santander, in addition to recording the most assists (21).

“But it was his activity off the pitch that made most of the headlines in 2020, especially his explosive Burofax and his interview affirming his wish to leave Barcelona.”

That might be true, but 10th place still seems pretty tough.

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It is Marca 50 first …

50. Jesus Navas | Seville

49. Georgino Wijnaldum | Liverpool

48. Rodri | Manchester city

47. Lautaro Martinez | Inter Milan

46. ​​Frenkie De Jong | Barcelona

45. Andy Robertson | Liverpool

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44. Ansu Fati | Barcelona

43. Fede Valverde | real Madrid

42. Jan Oblak | Atletico Madrid

41. Marquinhos | PSG

40. Alisson | Liverpool

39. Ederson | Manchester city

38. Marcus Rashford | Manchester United

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37. Jules Koundé | Seville

36. Roberto Firmino | Liverpool

35. Leon Goretzka | Bayern Munich

34. David Alaba | Bayern Munich

33. Joao Felix | Atletico Madrid

32. Angel Di Maria | Paris Saint Germain

31. Romelu Lukaku | Inter Milan

30. Bruno Fernandes | Manchester United

29. Thibaut Courtois | real Madrid

28. Timo Werner | Chelsea

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27. Raheem Sterling | Manchester city

26. Zlatan Ibrahimovic | AC Milan

25. Serge Gnabry | Bayern Munich

24. Luka Modric | real Madrid

23. Son Heung-min | Tottenham

22. Harry Kane | Tottenham

21. Mohamed Salah | Liverpool

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20. Toni Kroos | real Madrid

19. Sadio Mane | Liverpool

18. Marc-André ter Stegen | Barcelona

17. Thiago Alcantara | Liverpool

16. Alphonso Davies | Bayern Munich

15. Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool

14. Ciro Immobile | Lazio

13. Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester city

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12. Trent Alexander-Arnold | Liverpool

11. Thomas Muller | Bayern Munich

10. Lionel Messi | Barcelona

9. Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund

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8. Manuel Neuer | Bayern Munich

7. Karim Benzema | real Madrid

6. Neymar | Paris Saint Germain

5. Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus

4. Sergio Ramos | real Madrid

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3. Kylian Mbappe | Paris Saint Germain

2. Joshua Kimmich | Bayern Munich

1. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich

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An interesting top 10, for sure.

Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be flattered to see his name drop to fifth place, while Joshua Kimmich in second is a bold cry.

There is no doubt, however, that Robert Lewandowski was the best player of the year 2020. Fifty-five goals and 10 assists in 47 competitive appearances is a phenomenal comeback from the Polish striker from Bayern Munich.

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