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  • Updated: July 18, 2020

Marca Ranked Marc Ter Stegen Barcelona Best Player Of The Season Ahead Of Lionel Messi

Marca Ranked Marc Ter Stegen Barcelona Best Player Of The Se

Marca, the Spanish organization behind La Liga football has ranked Marc Ter Stegen as the Barcelona Best Player of the year ahead of Lionel Messi. The Argentine No. 10 usually tops the list but this year is an exception with the Barcelona goalkeeper coming out on top of the ranking.

Lionel Messi has finished second in Marca's Barcelona end of season player rankings which saw Antoine Griezmann voted 18th out of the club's 22 first-team players.

Messi has scored 28 goals in 41 games in all competitions this season which is less than his usual haul but still an impressive run amidst a poor season for the club. The Barcelona skipper's efforts weren't enough to fire Barca to LaLiga with Real Madrid lifting the title this week following Barca's defeat to Osasuna.

Following the conclusion of the title race, Marca published the results of their annual poll of the club's 22 first team players and ranked them in order of votes.

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Messi normally tops the list but dropped below goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who Marca named as the club's best performer this season.

Antoine Griezmann finished way down in 18th place on the back of a disappointing first season at the Nou Camp, which has yielded just 15 goals.

There were notable mentions for youngsters Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig, who finished in third and fourth place.

After the defeat to Osasuna at Camp Nou,  the Barca captain noted the Champions League defeats to Roma and Liverpool in 2018 and 2019 as evidence of their lack of mettle in pressure moments.

On both occasions, Barca was knocked out of the competition after squandering sizeable first-leg leads.

He said: 'I said a while ago that if we carry on like this it will be very hard for us to win the Champions League.

'I'm sure the fans are running out of patience because, playing like we have done, and after the Roma and defeats, we're not giving them anything.

'We were not expecting this. We didn't want to end La Liga playing like this, but it kind of reflects how this whole year has gone.'

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