WINNER – Jordi Alba – €14 million from Valencia CF – 85%
In less than a year with Barcelona, Jordi Alba has already become a fan favourite at the Camp Nou – and anyone who has seen him play will know why. Full of enthusiasm and talent; Alba arguably works harder than any other player on the field, always offering himself as an option for the man in possession, despite starting as the club’s left-back. While that can leave the Blaugrana defense open for any counter-attacks, it offers a valuable extra dimension to the Barça attack – and who knows how Barcelona would perform without the width and energy that Alba provides?
Certainly Alba’s incredible work-rate won at least one match over the course of the season, as he popped up in injury-time to score a timely winner in the UEFA Champions League group stage against Celtic. Roughly two months earlier, Alba provided a crucial assist in a difficult La Liga fixture against Osasuna; an assist that ultimately secured the three points for Barcelona in a 2-1 win.
And overall, it’s obvious that Alba’s positive contributions far outweigh any weaknesses his presence in the starting XI reveals, and headed into the new season, Alba will surely be looking to build upon an excellent debut season at the Camp Nou.
RUNNER-UP – Alex Song – €19 million from Arsenal FC – 15%
Unfortunately, the same does not apply to Alex Song. While he had a relatively solid debut season at FC Barcelona, Song has not really won the support of the Camp Nou crowd in the way that Jordi Alba has, and despite the €19 million transfer fee, he doesn’t look like he will ever break into Barça’s starting XI. In fact, I’m genuinely puzzled as to how Song won 15% of the vote ahead of Jordi Alba...