Barca Blaugranes Awards: Best Player: The Winner

Denis Doyle

And the winner of the 2012-2013 Barca Blaugranes Award for Best Player is...

WIINER – Lionel Messi – 85%

Given that Lionel Messi has already won four of the other six Barça Blaugranes Awards, it should come as no surprise that he has scooped award number five with a staggering 85% of the vote. Beating off "competition" from Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué, Messi has now won this award for three seasons in succession.

It didn’t matter whether he was fully fit or playing on "one leg", Messi was far and away the best player on the field in every single one of his 50 appearances and his influence was total. Without his contributions, Barcelona wouldn’t have even come close to challenging Real Madrid, let alone win La Liga by a record-breaking 15 points.

RUNNER-UP – Andrés Iniesta – 13%

Although one cannot help but feel sorry for Andrés Iniesta. Sure, he’s paid an awful lot of money to kick a ball around, and he wins a lot of trophies, but by playing alongside Messi, he doesn’t quite get the recognition he deserves. In fact, his UEFA Best Player in Europe Award was just the second time ever that he’d won an individual accolade ahead of Lionel Messi; even if he is one of the finest midfielders to ever grace the sport. And this ward is no exception as once again, Iniesta has to settle for second place.

THIRD PLACE – Gerard Piqué – 2%

A surprise nomination for this award, Gerard Piqué would probably be glad to have secured 2% of the vote ahead of both Messi and Iniesta.

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