Lionel Messi, Modric, 8 others make La Liga best XI shortlist – CIES study

Lionel Messi, Modric, 8 others make La Liga best XI shortlist – CIES study

- Lionel Messi has been shortlisted among best Spanish League stars since the star of 2019

- The 31-year-old might be winning treble with Barcelona this season as they are still in contention for every title

- 4 other Barcelona stars along with Real Madrid's trio also made the list by CIES Football Observatory

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been listed among the best performing La Liga players since the start of the year (2019).

The Argentine forward has been impressive for the Catalans all through this season - scoring 39 goals and 14 assists in 36 matches in all competitions.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique are other four Barca teammates who made the list of eleven best players in the league according to new research.

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Messi and his colleagues are still on course to win treble this campaign as they are at the summit of Spanish league table with ten points clear of Atletico Madrid.

They are also in the final of the Copa Del Rey while they battle Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League tourney next month.

Meanwhile, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema are the two Real Madrid stars who made the cut while three other teams have on representative on the list.

CIES Football Observatory have developed a unique algorithm to measure the technical performance of players based on on-field statistics according to Express.

The publication reports that they are using this to highlight the best players over the past 1000 minutes of action.

Only taking into account players fielded for at least 630 minutes since January 1, the research has produced starting line-ups for the top five European leagues.

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Premier League this campaign has seen stars from Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United dominate the league.

Unlike the Spanish League where Barcelona and rivals Real Madrid account for eight of the eleven-man Spanish squad.

La Liga best XI since January 1 – CIES Football Observatory

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Jordi Alba (Barcelona)

Gerard Pique (Barcelona)

Yeray Alvarez (Athletic Bilbao)

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Dani Parejo (Valencia)

Sergio Reguilon (Real Madrid)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Fabian Orellana (Eibar)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) earlier reported that Argentina legend Diego Maradona slammed Lionel Messi and the national team following their 3-1 defeat to Venezuela in a friendly encounter.

A goal each from Salomon Rondon, Jhon Murillo and Josef Martinez handed Albiceleste side a painful defeat on Messi's return from nine months break after 2018 World Cup.

The footballer turned coach couldn't find the right set of words to describe the disappointing defeat last week. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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