Barcelona: 5 candidates for pending La Liga champions player of the year
As Barcelona edge closer to an unbeaten La Liga season, RealSport assess five candidates for their player of the year award.
Barcelona quickly put the blow of a Champions League exit against Roma behind them on Saturday. They beat Valencia 2-1 at the Nou Camp to all but secure the title and move within six games of an unbeaten La Liga season.
There was understandable disappointment in midweek, but it should not detract from the achievements of Ernesto Valverde and his players in domestic competition.
Barcelona have proved an inexorable force in Spain, impressive both offensively and as a defensive unit. A number of standout performers have emerged, some more predictable than others. Here are five contenders to be named player of the year.