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Barcelona 13-14 Grades: Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez, Neymar, Pedro, Cristian Tello, Dongou, Adama

The final chapter of last season's grades.

David Ramos

Note: these grades are given according to how well the player lived up to expectation.

Lionel Messi

Any player in the world getting these numbers - a phenomenal scoring record plus a boatload of assists - would have the fans in awe. Yet, many called Messi's season disappointing. He missed considerable time due to recurring injuries, and sometimes he seemed out of rhythm. Still, the criticism is mainly hyperbole. Messi was superb, producing arguably the best performance in Europe last season with a hat trick against Real Madrid. His wrongly-disallowed goal should have also given Barcelona the Liga trophy.

Grade: A

Alexis Sanchez

A return to form for Alexis after struggling last season. He scored his first hat trick, and scored one of the most important and beautiful goals of the season - a rainbow chip in a 2-1 Clasico win. The criticism against him must be that he didn't turn more big games like this (0 Champions League goals). Still, I find it hard to fault him much, as he ended the season second behind Messi in goals for Barcelona.

Grade A-


A mixed bag. He tended to shine when it mattered: a goal to give Barcelona the Spanish Supercup, a goal in the home Clasico, a penalty won in the return Clasico, a goal against Atletico in the Champions. Still, he finished behind Pedro and not far ahead from Fabregas in the goalscoring charts. His form dipped towards the end of the season, perhaps affected by the controversy surrounding the transfer. He is poised to improve in his second-go-around.

Grade: B

Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro was very inconsistent. He did score two hat tricks, looking unstoppable at times. But towards the end of the season he was a disappearing act. Still, his 19 goal haul was his highest in three years. Deserves commendation for improvement, but still needs to progress to become a true star.

Grade: B

Cristian Tello

Nothing we didn't know already. Tello scored five goals last season, including his first hat-trick in his career. He has speed to spare, but he's a fairly limited footballer. Considering his lack of defensive contribution, one could say he's at this point still ill-suited to Barcelona except as a supersub. His lack of progress in his time in the first team is worrying.

Grade: C

Jean Marie Dongou

Dongou made three appearances and scored one goal, in the Copa Del Rey. He showed some good stuff but was not exactly spectacular.

No grade

Adama Traore

Made two appearances and showed flashes of what could be.

No grade

Isaac Cuenca

Bet you forgot he was on the team, eh? Poor Cuenca has been marred with injuries since breaking into the first team from almost out of nowhere all those years ago. He made zero appearances.

No grade

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