Best La Liga players of 2020
Last season it was Real Madrid who came on top and won La Liga in a thrilling topsy-turvy campaign. They are favorites to win it again in the new season, although Barcelona, Sevilla, and Atletico Madrid vow to make things hard for Zinedine Zidane and his players. the new season of Spanish La Liga is going to be hot affair for title challengers as the hegemony of Barcelona seems faded and other teams have closed the frustrating gap between themselves and the three giants of the league. Now without further due, let us take a look back at La Liga top players of the year.
A look at La Liga Best Players of 2020
From the evergreen Santi Cazorla who finished his La Liga Career in stye to Madrdid title winning stars and ofcource Lionel Messi, here is owr choices for the best La Liga players of 2020.
Despite a fair share of competition from Jan Oblak, Courtois has established his place in the list of Best La Liga Players of 2020
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
The giant Belgium goalkeeper had a torrid first year with Real Madrid and was the subject of constant internet memes throughout the 2018-2019 season. This season, however, he demonstrated his great spirit and showed why Madrid was willing to splash the cash for him and let their goalkeeper and three-time UCL champion, Keylor Navas leaves the club. Courtois was a wall in goal for Zidane's side and his quality performances, especially in the closing stages of the title race, was a key factor in Madrid's title-winning campaign.
Thibaut Courtois won the prestigious Zamora Trophy with an impressive record of 18 clean sheets, conceding only 25 goals in the season. He also had the best save percentage (79%) among the goalkeepers with at least 7 games played. One of his best performances came at the 2-0 win against Barcelona in the Santiago Bernabeu. Courtois may still be behind Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblack in terms of athleticism and achievements, but he was without a doubt among Best La Liga players of 2020.
Honorable Mentions: Aitor Fernandez (Levante), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona) and Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
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Here is the our choices for best defenders of La Liga in 2020
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
The evergreen Madrid symbol was on the verge of leaving his beloved club at the end of 2018-2019 season, but with Zidane back in charge, Sergio Ramos was again at his very best this year and showed no sign of slowing down.
Sergio Ramos was Madrid's guiding star and captain in their quest for their second La Liga title in 5 years, marshaling his team with Great Spirit and contributing a lot in the final third as well. The 34-years-old veteran defender scored an amazing tally of 11 goals in 2019-2020 season (6 of them coming from penalties) and will look to continue this form in the rest of the year
.Ramos' best performance was arguably the away game against Getafe in which his memorable goal-line clearance gave Madrid the vital win they needed so badly in the title race. Having spent almost all his career at Real Madrid and winning every possible trophy along the way, Sergio Ramos is one of the most prolific stars of the La Liga history and in 2020 he was surely among La Liga top players of the year.
Jesus Navas (Sevilla)
Since the day Pep Guardiola decided to use Jesus Navas as the right-back, the Spaniard has shown his great versatility by pulling off amazing performances for Manchester City and Sevilla. He has made the new tactical role his own and was one of La Liga Best Players of 2020. He created 62 chances and provided 7 assists for Julen Lopetegui's impressive Sevilla side last season, the best stats among the defenders in the Spanish La Liga.
Jesus Navas played all the 38 games of the season for Sevilla and reached 500 appearances for his childhood club. With him on fire, Sevilla reached Uefa League Final and managed to qualify for Champions League, finishing fourth in La Liga. Navas's incredible campaign assured him a place in many different player rankings at the end of last season. According to AS, Some of these rankings are as below:
- Total minutes played (3317), third behind Jan Oblak and Soria
- Sum of all of players ball events (3017), second behind Gerard Pique
- Accurate crosses (55), best in the league
- Total attempted crosses (232), best in the league
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Sergio Reguilon (Sevilla)
Another star defender in Julen Lopetegui's Sevilla side which ended last La Liga season at the fourth place, Sergio Reguilon has been flawless in 2020 and is indeed among La Liga top players of the year. He played 29 games for Sevilla, scoring 2 goals and assisting 4. He is famous for making an impact on both sides of the pitch.
Reguilon came to Sevilla last season as an on-loan player from Real Madrid. He benefited a lot from getting more playing time and established himself as one of the best defenders of the league. He registered 40 key passes, second-best stats among defenders in La Liga in 2019-2020 season. A fact which shows why he certainly deserves a place in the list of La Liga best players of 2020.
Honorable Mentions: Felipe (Atletico Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Jules Kounde (Sevilla), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Pervis Estupinan (Osasuna), Diego Carlos (Sevilla) and Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
Casemiro, Ocampos, Odegaard and Cazorla have been the best midfielders of La Liga in 2020
Casemiro (Real Madrid)
Los Blancos defensive midfielder is arguably one of the best in the world in his position. He was certainly a key player for Zidane's title-winning squad last season and is one of the Best La Liga players of 2020. The 28 years-old Brazilian has a unique set of skills and his timely interventions have so many times proved crucial for Real Madrid. Last season, The Brazilian recovered 12.6 balls for every 90 minutes, giving the front line many opportunities for setting up attacks. He also made 294 recoveries, 68 interceptions and 60 successful tackles, more than any other midfielder in La Liga last season.
As well as being a perfect midfield destroyer, Casemiro contributed a lot in the final third. He scored three goals and provided 4 assists in his best year with Real Madrid. His best games in 2020 were the home game against Sevilla and the away win against Espanyol which paved the way for Madrid to win the title.
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Santi Cazorla (Villareal)
Santi Cazorla looked to be forced into an early retirement a few years ago, but he fought back to earn a place in the list of La Liga's best players of 2020. Following a potentially career-ending injury, he was told by the doctors that the chances of him going back to his feet are slim if none at all. Still, Cazorla didn't give up and after recovering, he inspired his old club to a place in the Europa League. Cazorla played 35 games and scored 11 goals, including an incredible double against Barcelona. At the end of 2019-2020 season, Cazorla had an emotional farewell with the yellow submarines and join Xavi Hernandez at Al Sadd in Qatar.
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Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla)
The Argentinian right-winger has been in superb form for Sevilla in 2020. With his goals and creative abilities, Ocampos was able to reach great heights with his team as the Andalusians finished fourth in La Liga and reached the final of the UEFA Euro League. According to transfer market data, he played 33 games for Sevilla in 2019-2020 campaign.
With 14 goals and 3 assists to his name, Ocampos contributed to 31 percent of his team's goal tally. His work-rate and amazing stats have attracted the attention of the best teams across Europe and he will be keen to prove his worth in the highest level by joining a bigger club by the end of 2020. Whatever happens, Lucas Ocampos has proved fans and critics that he is one of La Liga's top players of the year.
Martin Odegaard (Real Sociedad)
Never had given a chance at Real Madrid, the Norwegian sensation finally met the expectations as he was excellent for Real Sociedad in 2019-2020 season. Odegaard is a versatile player and can play in either of the wings. After joining Real Madrid as a teenager, he was loaned three times in three seasons. He found his best form in Real Sociedad and has been so good in 2020 that Real Madrid decided to recall the 21 years-old.
Odegaard played 31 games for Real Sociedad, scoring 4 goals and providing his teammates with further 6 goals. In total, he participated in 17% of his team goals and was a constant menace for the opposition defense. Odegaard is the youngest player ever to feature in a qualifying match for the UEFA European Championship and at 21 he surely will be in the list of the Best La Liga players of 2020 by the end of the year.
Honorable Mentions: Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid), Raul Garcia (Athletic Bilbao), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Nabil Fekir (Real Betis) and Ever Banega (Sevilla)
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Gerard Moreno, Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema has been on fire in 2020 and are the best strikers of the Spanish La Liga.
Gerard Moreno (Villareal)
28 years-old Moreno was among the Best La Liga players of 2020 and came third in the race for the Pichichi award, finishing with 18 goals in 35 matches for the yellow submarines. What's more incredible about his record is that only one of his goals came from the penalty spot. Moreno has scored all of his goals from shots inside the box. He was sensational at the start of the season and after experiencing a temporary drought in the winter, he came back to his best at the end of the campaign, helping Villareal to the fifth place and qualification for the UEFA Europa League.
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
The ever-present Frenchman had the best year of his career at Real Madrid. Following the departure of Portuguese legend, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema became Madrid's main attacking force. He struggled at first but his stats increased gradually, and in 2020 he was one of La Liga top players of the year. He scored 21 goals and came second behind Lionel Messi in the Pichichi race. He also set-up his teammates with 8 goals and single-handedly earned his team 16 points throughout the season.
He may have lost the Pichichi trophy to Messi, but many critics selected him as the best player of La Liga in the 2019-2020 season. He was lethal in front of the goal and scored the league's most goals from inside the box (20 goals). At 35 he may have passed the best years of his career, but with the form he has had in 2020, he could end his illustrated career at Real Madrid in the most honorable fashion.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
At 33, Lionel Messi is as effective as ever, and for the first time in his career, he managed to register 20+ goals and 20+ assists in a season. A feat only the great Thierry Henry could achieve before him.
The Argentine legend has transitioned into a playmaker's role for Barcelona and has been in magnificent form. Yet for all his brilliance, he could not guide Barcelona to their 28th La Liga title. Barcelona was marred by controversies during 2020 and paid the price in the most dramatic fashion as they lost the league to Real Madrid and literally got mauled by a ruthless Bayern Munchen in the Uefa Champions League.
Despite the frustrating experiences, Messi won his fourth consecutive Pichichi award and showed once more why he is still the Current best player in La Liga. He topped the chart in many categories of Opta's last season's best including:
- Most goals: 25
- Total shots at goal: 125
- Total dribbles attempted: 263
- Goal assist: 21
- Goal from a shot outside the box: 9
- Goal from a direct free kick: 5
Honorable Mentions: Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo) and Raul Garcia (Athletic Bilbao)
So let us know what you think of our list of Best La Liga players of 2020. Which star has been overlooked? Who do you think will make the list again in 2021?