🇪🇸 OneFootball’s Ultimate LaLiga season review 2021/22 | OneFootball

🇪🇸 OneFootball’s Ultimate LaLiga season review 2021/22

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Joel Sanderson-Murray

The 2021/22 LaLiga season has come to an end after 38 games with the title staying in Madrid, but this time white ribbons replaced the red and blue.

But what will 2021/22 be remembered for?


Player of the Season 👏

Who else but Karim Benzema?

At 34, the Frenchman continues to defy logic after posting a phenomenal season.

He finished top goalscorer in league with 27 goals, while equalling Real Madrid legend Raúl’s goalscoring record for the club (323) and was just as important creatively, providing 12 assists for his teammates.

Deadly in the box, powerful in the air and impossible to win a physical battle against, Benzema is the complete centre-forward.


Young Player of the Season 👶

There are no doubts that this has been Vinícius Júnior’s breakthrough season.

The Brazilian winger has stepped up to the plate, developing an almost telepathic partnership with Benzema, scoring 17 times and laying on 13 assists.

There has been no doubt about the 21-year-old’s speed and technique in the past, but now he has developed a deadly end product which makes him one of the most powerful forwards in world football already. And there’s plenty more to come.


Surprise of the Season

The second half of Rayo Vallecano’s campaign may have tailed off but head coach Andoni Iraola has worked wonders.

Rayo have the smallest budget in the league, a stadium with a capacity of just over 14,000 but up until Christmas were fighting for a spot in the top four.

“Next season we face Liverpool” the fans at the Vallecas sang for a while and although they ended up finishing mid-table, just staying in the top flight is a minor miracle for a club of its size.


Coach of the Season

Getafe had lost their first seven games of the season and looked to be heading for the drop at breakneck speed.

Quique Sánchez Flores arrived in early October for his third spell as head coach to not the most enthusiastic welcome but steered the Azulones to safety with relative ease, picking up 39 points from their remaining 31 games.


Goal of the Season

Ángel Correa’s opener for Atlético v Villarreal in January speaks for itself.


Game of the Season

Barcelona looked like the best team in Europe when they raced into a three-goal lead after 34 minutes.

But the old “game of two halves” cliché has never been more relevant with Celta coming out in the second half and scoring three themselves, with Iago Aaspas completing the most remarkable of comebacks with a 96th minute equaliser.

Special mention to Levante 3-4 Valencia and Valencia 3-3 Atlético Madrid but, sadly, they didn’t quite make the cut.