Number 2: Leo Messi
When you are talking about La Liga, there was clearly no one better than Leo Messi. The Argentine simply dominated the Spanish top flight like it was child’s play. 33 goals,12 assists, 84 chances created, 174 successful dribbles, Messi was first in all categories. With just a single league loss throughout the season, the forward also brought in the European Golden Boot for his 34 league goals. It is expected that the reason for his demise from the top list is the main reason he isn’t among the top three is due to Barcelona’s poor performance in Champions League. The Catalans had a premature exit in the quarter-finals. Argentina also failed to progress beyond the second round dumped out by France. This isn’t the first time when Messi missed out on the top three. In 2015/16 and 2013/14 season, where Barcelona struggled in Europe, Messi struggled to make the list.