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19/20 Players of the Season

Premier League


Winner: Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne has been sensational in the Premier League this season. After an injury-ravaged 18/19 in which he only managed 2 assists all year, KDB came back with a bang, equalling Thierry Henry's long standing assist record of 20 and also adding on a remarkable 13 goals to that tally. However, according to De Bruyne himself, he should have beaten the record as the Premier League "took two away from me!" .

In addition contributing a huge 33 goals and assists in 35 games from the centre of the park, the Belgian maestro also managed to help out his City teammates considerably by winning the ball twice for his teammates every 90 minutes, also chipping in with a solid 1.5 successful take ons per match.


Add onto that an unbelievable 4.4 key passes - which is the highest in Europe by a mile - and you have the best midfielder in the world who is the best player in the English Premier League.


Jordan Henderson might have won the FWA Footballer of the Year, but Kevin De Bruyne has undoubtedly had an all-time great season for an underperforming Man City.



Bundesliga


Winner: Robert Lewandowski

This was finally the season in which the world properly appreciated the genius that is Robert Lewandowski. 34 goals and 4 assists in just 31 games is astonishing, but somewhat expected for those who really knew the guy. He works incredibly hard off the pitch, is the perfect professional, and has always had the talent to go with it. He is the ultimate striker; fast, strong, good in the air, able to finish anything that comes his way, and an aptitude for movement and timing that few have mastered.

And this season he has finally transcended to a new level, with his numbers reaching new heights. 4.5 shots is only bettered by the likes of Messi and Ronaldo in Europe, and he still puts up very respectable numbers in the chance creation and dribble areas.



Lewandowski was touted for the Ballon d'Or this year, and rightfully so - regardless of the fact that the ceremony is not taking place. He was so important to a team stacked with world class talents, which just goes to show his ability and the insane season which he has just finished.


He may be turning 32 soon, but this guy just keeps getting better.



La Liga


Winner: Lionel Messi

They may say that the Little Magician has had a bad season, but they are all wrong. 25 goals is his worst tally in quite a while, but this Barcelona team is arguably the worst he has ever played in, and he also managed to quietly break the La Liga assist record, meaning that he has still had a hand in an astonishing 47 goals this term, the most in any of the Top 5 Leagues in Europe.

The 4th most successful dribbles per 90 in Europe, the 2nd most shots, a great number of key passes(to go along with an insane number of assists), Messi's underlying numbers shows that he is still performing brilliantly, even though he turned 33 in June, and became ever more relied on at the Catalan club.


Barcelona performed poorly, but the 19/20 La Liga season always belonged to Messi, from the start to the finish.



Serie A


Winner: Ciro Immobile

36 goals, 8 assists, 29 points won for his side. A world class season if nothing else, with the Italian forward finally hitting the heights he was tipped for years ago. He bounced around club after club after club, until he finally found a home in Rome, at Lazio. His first two campaigns were big successes, before a third fell short. However Ciro Immobile fixed that this season, equalling Higuain's record for most goals in a Serie A season, and providing a very good 8 assists - amounting to him being only 2nd for most goals and assists in Europe behind Messi.

He isn't particularly prolific outside of scoring and shooting, but 1.7 key passes is still respectable. He may have scored 14 penalties this season , which makes up almost 40% of all his goals, but the fact is that he stepped up for his team when they needed him most, and converted from the spot with a brilliant 93% conversion rate.

Few players can take a penalty like the Italy-international can, and even without them this still would have been a brilliant season. Serie A probably had the closest race for Player of the Season, between Ronaldo, Dybala, Ilicic, Papu Gomez, and more all vying for first, but Immobile has been by far the most important player to an exciting Lazio side in 19/20. He may already be 30, but this guy does not rely on physical attributes to score - his biggest strength is his match intelligence and that will stay there for as long as he plays - so never ever write off Ciro whenever he steps onto that pitch.


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