Lionel Messi: Fans shun Argentine, vote Ter Stegen best Barcelona player of the season

Lionel Messi: Fans shun Argentine, vote Ter Stegen best Barcelona player of the season

- Lionel Messi has been voted second best Barcelona player by fans this season

- German keeper Ter Stegen outperformed the Argentine according to poll conducted by Spanish news outlet

- Griezmann, Dembele and Umtiti ranked lowly in the votes cast by the fans

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Barcelona fans believe Lionel Messi didn't do well enough to be voted the team's best player of the season despite scoring 23 goals and 21 assists in 32 La Liga appearances.

The 33-year-old scored in his side's last home defeat to Osasuna during the week but his goal was not enough to save the Catalans from defeat at Camp Nou.

After the defeat that led to Real Madrid clinch their 34th La Liga title earlier this week, the Argentine lashed out at the Catalans, saying it was the worst team on over a decade.

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He also made reference to their Champions League debacles to Roma in 2018 and Liverpool in 2019 as examples of the failures of the team in recent times - saying they were "weak" and "lacked intensity".

Lionel Messi: Fans shun Argentine, vote Ter Stegen best Barcelona player of the season
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Meanwhile, the poll conducted by Spanish news outlet Marca on the 22 first team players revealed the German goalkeeper outshined Messi this season.

Teenage sensations Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati were also ranked highly in the poll, while French trio Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti make up three of the bottom five places.

Messi was clearly angry after the Osasuna loss, telling reporters: "I said a while ago that if we carry on like this it will be very hard for us to win the Champions League.

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"We couldn't even win La Liga. If we don't react, we won't beat Napoli (in the last-16 next month).

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"I'm sure the fans are running out of patience because, playing like we have done, and after the Roma and Liverpool defeats, we're not giving them anything.

"We were not expecting this. We didn't want to end La Liga playing like this, but it kind of reflects how this whole year has gone.

"We were weak and lost our shape. They beat us because we lacked intensity and conceded an easy goal. We have lost lots of points this season when we shouldn't have.

"Real Madrid did their job. They haven't lost since the break and credit to them for that, but we helped them a lot to win this season. We have to be critical of ourselves, starting with the players, but across the whole club." earlier reported that Lionel Messi might be leaving Barcelona at the expiration of his contract next summer after following Manchester City on Instagram.

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This came hours after the 33-year-old forward slammed the Catalans over their failure to retain the Spanish League title this season.

Real Madrid clinched the silverware for the first time since 2017 following their 2-1 victory over Villarreal a few days back.

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