Lionel Messi in an astonishing fashion has been voted the second-best La Liga player this season.
Karim Benzema took the top spot with 37% of the votes flying in his favour while Messi received just 31%.
The latter could not lead Barcelona to a third consecutive league title but enjoyed a stellar individual campaign. He collected his 7th Pichichi award with 25 goals and also led the assist charts with 21, which is a new La Liga record now. Benzema scored 21 goals and was greatly influential for his team.
But fans across the world will be wondering if the Frenchman was truly better than Messi? Here is how the top 10 players stood on the voting charts.
10. Diego Carlos (Sevilla) – 1%
9. Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) – 1%
8. Martin Odegaard (Real Sociedad, on loan from Real Madrid) – 2%
7. Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) – 2%
6. Santi Cazorla (Villarreal) – 3%
5. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – 4%
4. Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla) – 4%
3. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – 14%
2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 31%
1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 37%
Messi will still be hoping for Champions League glory this season as Real Madrid face a difficult task of overcoming Manchester City in the quarter-final second leg. Barcelona’s overall form has been highly inconsistent with two managers struggling to get this team firing on all cylinders.