Barcelona Awards from the 2020/21 season: Best Players, Goals and More

Barcelona Awards from the 2020/21 season: Best Players, Goals and More. After a topsy turvy first season under new boss, Ronald Koeman, we can safely say that the 2020/21 season was a relative success. A major trophy in the first year of the transitional phase cannot be looked down upon and Barcelona could have easily picked up two trophies had it not been for the shock defeat against Athletic Bilbao in the finals of the Supercopa de Espana.

The season itself saw Barcelona climb tremendous heights however, there were many low points as well. The manager himself was put into question a lot of times regarding his tactics and the performance of the team. On top of that, every Barcelona fan was anxiously waiting for a response from Lionel Messi regarding his future with the club.

We saw the likes of Pedri, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza, Ansu Fati, and Ilaix Moriba step up on the big stages to replace the older generation of players. New transfers such as Sergino Dest, Francisco Trincão, and Matheus Fernandes also had mixed first seasons with the club. Many players had a huge impact on the club’s season while some failed to make any impact whatsoever.

However, this is the beauty of the game, the most unexpected player can become the most important player while players who are expected to perform week in and week out could have a bad season or could get injured, giving a chance to the youngsters. Barcelona had a memorable season with many ups and downs and a lot of important moments.

Today we will take a look back at this rollercoaster ride of a season and give awards to the best players and the best moments of the 2020/21 season.

Biggest Improvement

Antoine Griezmann has had the biggest improvement last season for Barcelona. The French Superstar who arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2019 for a massive fee of 120 million euros, had not been able to show his true form in his first season with his new club. It seemed like the player was not fitting into the Barcelona system and that he was just another big-money flop like Philippe Coutinho.

However, the Frenchman stepped up his game in the 2020/21 season and he scored 20 goals last season while providing 12 assists as well. This is a huge improvement and it is a reminiscence about his time at Atletico. Griezmann’s season started off poorly and he was often not started by Koeman however, by the end of the season, the superstar got more comfortable and he scored some beautiful goals as well. He deservedly takes the award for the biggest improvement.

Best Transfer

In a season where the Catalans could not make a lot of transfers, in fact, they could only bring in three new players, one player still managed to shine above the rest. Sergino Dest was handpicked by Ronald Koeman and Barcelona paid 21 million euros to Ajax to bring the American to Catalonia. Dest was chosen to be a direct replacement for Nelson Semedo who was on his way to Wolves after a below-average 2019/20 season.

The new right-back took a little time to fit into the team however, his natural talent helped him find his first goal for the club very quickly. The player was selected not mainly due to his defensive skills, but mostly due to his attacking nature which is similar to Jordi Alba or legend Dani Alves.

Dest appeared in 44 games across all competitions last season and was one of Koeman’s most important players. He may not have shown his true potential last season, however, he was miles ahead of the other transfers, Francisco Trincão and Matheus Fernandes.

Best Young Player

There were many young players representing the Catalan giants last season, players like Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza, Ansu Fati, and Ilaix Moriba, all stepped up to represent one of the biggest clubs in all of Europe. However, only one player can be given this award and it has to be Pedri.

The 18-year-old youngster from Las Palmas, has been an absolute sensation under the guidance of Ronald Koeman and Lionel Messi, and his efforts on field has led to him being compared to the club legend. Pedri has already played over 50 matches at the age of just 18 years and he will only go on to improve, thus we will have to give the young player award to the midfielder.

Best Moment

Barcelona had an overall decent season however, there were many ups and downs to the season. One of the biggest moments for the club was when they managed to lift the Copa del Rey trophy. After a hard-fought battle with Sevilla in the Semi-Finals, where Martin Braithwaite scored an extra-time winner, the Catalans faced off against Bilbao in the Finals.

The Blaugrana had already lost the Supercopa de Espana title to the side before and now they had the chance to redeem themselves. It was a fantastic final from the perspective of Barcelona fans as their club were completely dominant throughout the game and ended up winning 4-0.

It was a brilliant feeling for all the players as well as the fans as they finally won a trophy after going trophyless in the 2019/20 season. It must have been a phenomenal moment for Ronald Koeman as well, as he managed to win his first trophy in his debut season.

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