Messi joined by four Real Madrid players in LaLiga Team of the Season
Now the 2019/20 LaLiga campaign has concluded we can reveal our WhoScored Team of the Season. It may come as no surprise champions Real Madrid dominate the best rated XI. Zinedine Zidane’s side finished five points clear of Barcelona to secure their first league title since 2017.
Meanwhile, a draw on the final day of the season proved just enough for Atletico Madrid to beat Sevilla to third. Both teams are represented in our XI. At the bottom end of the table, Leganes were relegated despite twice battling back against Madrid on Sunday for a share of the points. They ended the season unbeaten in five but finished a point from safety.
Here we reveal the reasoning behind each selection in our LaLiga Team of the Season.
Goalkeeper: Aitor Fernandez (Levante) – 6.97 rating
Steady improvements were made by Levante this season compared to last, as Paco Lopez’s side ended up breezing their way to safety. There is no doubt Aitor Fernandez played a major part in Levante finishing 13 points clear of the bottom three this season. The 29-year-old remarkably made at least 36 more saves than any other goalkeeper in LaLiga this season (158). Moreover, no goalkeeper saved more penalties than Fernandez (3).
Right-back: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid) – 7.18 rating
Dani Carvajal overcame the injuries of last season to play a regular part in Real Madrid’s title triumph this season. The 29-year-old is one of four Madrid players in our best rated XI. Carvajal finished the season with five assists, his best ever return in a single LaLiga campaign. As well as excelling in the final third, Carvajal was also a solid performer out of possession. He returned 2.1 tackles per game, with a tackle success rate of 77.4%, and no played blocked more crosses than the Madrid right-back (20).
Centre-back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – 7.07 rating
Remarkably, only nine players scored more goals than Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos (11) in LaLiga this season. The Madrid captain netted more league goals than the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Nabil Fekir and Joao Felix. Ramos even managed to score more league goals than he was booked (10) this season. Ramos finished the season with a pass success rate of 91%, only on one occasion in the last decade has he bettered that figure. Madrid finished the campaign with the best defensive record in the league (25 goals conceded), with Ramos’ leadership at the back playing a key part in their success.
Centre-back: Gerard Pique (Barcelona) – 7.03 rating
Even at the age of 33, Gerard Pique only missed three league games for Barcelona this season. The problem for Pique was not having a settled back four around him for prolonged periods of the campaign. Pique completed more passes than any other player in LaLiga this season (2460), while only two others had a better success rate (91.8%) than the Barcelona centre-back. Furthermore, only Diego Carlos (105) managed more headed clearances than Pique (90). Pique may not be the quickest but he is intelligent and has a nose for danger, illustrated by the fact only one player completed more clearances off the line than Pique (2) over the course of the season in LaLiga.
Left-back: Sergio Reguilon (Sevilla) – 7.10 rating
On loan from Real Madrid, Sergio Reguilon certainly benefitted from getting regular playing time at Sevilla and emerged as the best rated left-back in the division. The 23-year-old may not have a long-term future at Madrid but he certainly will at another big team. Reguilon played a direct hand in six goals in total, while only one defender registered more key passes from open play (40). Reguilon only completed 1.6 dribbles per game but he usually picked the right opportunity to press forward. In fact, the Spaniard notably completed 71% of his attempted dribbles in LaLiga this season.
Right wing: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 8.71 rating
Lionel Messi believes Barcelona gifted Real Madrid the league title this season but it certainly wasn’t from a lack of effort on his part. Many people feel Messi wasn’t at his best this season, in part due to niggling injuries, but he still managed to deliever jaw-dropping numbers. The 33-year-old remarkably played a direct hand in 46 goals in 33 league appearances, claiming the WhoScored Man of the Match award on 22 occasions. Messi finished as top scorer in LaLiga (25 goals) and and broke the record for most assists in a single LaLiga campaign (21). Moreover, Messi completed 182 dribbles, one fewer than second and third combined and only 69 fewer than Alaves managed as a team. He is the WhoScored Player of the Season in LaLiga