(Original post by jam278)
The problem with using stats in this case is because Di Maria was generally deeper than the other two and his job was to make early crossing opportunities for the forwards. He's going to have a bad pass completion rate in this instance.
Di Maria had a great game against Barcelona in the 4-3 loss too btw. He was probably MOTM before Madrid had a man sent off.
Finally the other two stats make no sense. You're using shots on target when Ronaldo was playing behind the striker, Bale was playing a bit more advanced than Di Maria and Di Maria plays a supporting winger role and fouls commited for 2 wingers and a striker make no sense. Bale e.g. may have fouled Atlético players to prevent the counter attack, meaning he potentially prevented 3 counter attacks. That would be better than not making a tackle and Atlético getting into a good position and breaking at pace.
Personally think that Marcelo was the difference, or at least the dynamic between Marcelo and Di Maria.
One could argue that Di Maria had 'easier' passes to make because he was in the center. Typically, CB's and CM's have the best pass-completion rates because they have more team-mates around them (and usually a safety pass - back to the CB's). However, most of Di Maria's crosses were poor. Most of them were too short or too long. I felt for most of the game he was crossing too early. However, people only remember the few runs he made and deduce that he was the best player in the final. Well he wasn't.
I agree that Marcelo was the turning point. Coentrao wasn't helping Ronaldo out enough. But then Ancelotti shifted Di Maria out-wide with Marcelo overlapping. This worked well against the tired legs of the Atletico defence. Also, Modric has been exquisite this year. He really deserves more praise.
People need to understand that Atletico don't give the front-three much space. Messi hasn't scored in like 6 or 7 games. Ronaldo struggles to find space. Benzema was non-existent in the final. Ronaldo actually put Bale through on a few occasions, but Bale missed them all.
I didn't expect Ronaldo/Bale/Benzema to run riot in the final, because Atletico are set up to stop the front three. To beat Atletico, you rely on your midfielders/full-backs running at the defence and drawing fouls. This is common knowledge for most people who watch Atletico week in, week out. However, the hipsters don't seem to know this and therefore wonder why the front-three 'didn't do anything' for the majority of the match. This is of course forgetting the injuries the three front players had/have.
To conclude; I think Marcelo, Ramos and Modric were the best players in the final. Ronaldo, Di Maria and Varane were average. Khedira and Benzema were the worst.
(Original post by qua)
Based on this calendar year, who do you think should win it?
I agree though that the attention Di María is getting is a bit unfair considering it was Modric who was one of, perhaps the best RM player this season, and he doesn't get mentioned much now after the final. Definitely best midfielder in la liga this season.
Ronaldo is the favourite at the moment just because of his CL performances/goals/assists. But it's pointless to have a debate about this until after the World Cup, as that will be the most significant factor.