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Barcelona's 10 Best Goals of the 2013/14 La Liga Season

Jason PettigroveContributor IMay 20, 2014

Barcelona's 10 Best Goals of the 2013/14 La Liga Season

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    Alexis Sanchez scored one of the goals of the season against Real Madrid.
    Alexis Sanchez scored one of the goals of the season against Real Madrid.Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press

    Barcelona ended up with 100 La Liga goals during the 2013/14 season.

    Given that such an amount was still not enough to win them the league, it puts into perspective how competitive Atletico Madrid have been throughout the campaign.

    Some of Barca's goals were tap-ins, others works of art. Team goals, own goals and goals of individual brilliance. We had them all.

    In this list we will look at the top 10. Let's see if you agree with the choices...

Pedro Rodriguez vs. Rayo Vallecano

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    Pedro Rodriguez has a knack for scoring and whilst he may have gone off the boil at various stages of the 2013/14 season, the fact remains that he still finished with an acceptable 15 goals to his name, per WhoScored.com.

    Two hat-tricks, including one in nine minutes against Getafe, were the highlight but his finishing prowess was never better illustrated than in the goal above against Rayo Vallecano.

    After winning the ball in his own half, Alex Song strode forward with purpose. At this point in the move, Pedro was well behind his colleague and still in his own half, yet just seconds later he had bombed forward to receive an inch-perfect pass from Lionel Messi.

    Without breaking stride, Pedro opened his body up and hit the ball first time with his left foot, placing it expertly inside the far post.

Sergio Busquets vs. Real Sociedad

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    Sergio Busquets only scored one goal in La Liga during the season but what a goal it was.

    The move which led to the goal started out on the left-hand side with Neymar abandoning his trickery for a short pass to Pedro. 

    His floated cross found Alexis Sanchez, who controlled it expertly on his chest before beating three players and finding the overlapping Dani Alves.

    Quite how Lionel Messi's backheel and follow-up stayed out is anyone's guess but Antoine's Griezmann's attempted clearance was poor, finding only Busquets.

    An expert first-touch with his right foot set himself for the half volley with his left, which he dispatched with aplomb.

Adriano Correia vs. Rayo Vallecano

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    Adriano Correia doesn't get too many goals but when he does, they are usually pretty spectacular.

    The one that he scored against Rayo Vallecano was no exception.

    Out wide on the left there seemed little danger when Pedro Rodriguez played a short pass to the full-back.

    As the Brazilian stepped back inside, there were still six defenders and the goalkeeper in the way but no matter, Adriano fancied it anyway.

    Without thinking, he unleashed a right foot curler into the bottom corner and when seen from behind, one can appreciate the skill that went into placing the shot exactly where he wanted it to go.

Andres Iniesta vs. Real Madrid

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    Unbeaten since their reverse at the Camp Nou earlier in the season, Real Madrid hadn't lost in 30 games going into the second El Clasico of the season.

    All that was about to change, and although the game will be remembered for Lionel Messi's hat-trick and a sterling all-round effort, Andres Iniesta's stunning goal got proceedings underway.

    As the ball was played centrally, Iniesta was already on his bike. Gareth Bale looked up and noticed him edging toward goal but didn't bother tracking him.

    Some fancy footwork by Cesc Fabregas and Messi opened up the space and an inch perfect ball from the latter fell kindly for Don Andres to lash the ball home with barely six minutes on the clock.

Alexis Sanchez vs. Elche

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    The first of three Alexis Sanchez goals in the top 10 is a pearler of a free-kick and it's not too dissimilar to Lionel Messi's vs. Almeria. 

    Dead centre of the goal is hardly a perfect placing for a free-kick, however. Either slightly left or right (as Messi's was) to give a player the angle would be far more preferable.

    The Chilean isn't generally known for his dead-ball prowess either, given that it is almost always Messi or Xavi that would take a free-kick in such areas.

    Tono in the Elche goal gave a dive for the cameras but was never anywhere close to stopping the ball from nestling in the onion bag.

Lionel Messi vs. Almeria

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    A master at work.

    Like the elegant brush-strokes of a renowned painter, Lionel Messi's free-kick against Almeria was a work of art.

    Despite the full-length dive of goalkeeper Esteban, the quality of the strike was still too good. Bending way outside of the post, the trajectory and spin on the ball took it back inside at the last moment.

    Esteban is dead-centre of the goal without the need to go too far to claim the save, and Messi takes just two steps before striking the ball.

    Twenty-seven yards out, and with only the smallest area to aim at, the Argentine still had enough power in the shot to find the net.

Alexis Sanchez vs. Real Madrid

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    A quite exquisite chip from Alexis Sanchez is what ultimately won Barcelona the first El Clasico of the season. It was a goal to win any game.

    A great ball from Neymar presented the chance to Sanchez centrally, but there was still much work to be done. Real Madrid's Raphael Varane, himself no slouch, was turned inside out and a slight movement backwards gave the Chilean the opportunity to score a picture-perfect goal.

    Barely six yards off of his line, Diego Lopez was beaten all ends up by the accuracy of the chip, the flight of the ball agonisingly just out of the keeper's reach as it dipped under the crossbar.

    Cue an ecstatic Camp Nou.

Neymar vs. Rayo Vallecano

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    In a game that had already seen five goals, including the wonderful strike by Adriano to open the scoring, Neymar provided the piece de resistance to round off a remarkable night's work by the Blaugrana.

    Picking up the ball just outside of the centre circle, the Brazilian expertly rode a challenge before surging with intent toward goal.

    Despite five defenders in close attendance, no one made a challenge and once Neymar had moved to the right to make the angle, there was only one thing on his mind.

    The shot that followed flew high into the net. Aesthetically, it was just about as good as it gets.

Lionel Messi vs. Sevilla

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    It's a wonder the game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan wasn't abandoned, such was the deluge of rain before and during the match against Sevilla.

    How Barcelona managed to conjure up a goal of such brilliance in those conditions defies belief.

    Stuck down by their own penalty area, some neat work by Martin Montoya and Xavi Hernandez released Andres Iniesta. His cross-field ball was just reached by the on-rushing Adriano Correia before a tackle could be made and after the first touch, the Brazilian allowed the ball to run to Lionel Messi.

    An immediate pass out to Pedro Rodriguez opened up the pitch, his return ball inch perfect for Messi to tee-up with his first touch and hammer home a half volley with his second.

    A breakneck speed counter-attack in a monsoon with the finish to complement the excellence of the move.

Alexis Sanchez vs. Atletico Madrid

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    We had to wait until the last day of the season for the best goal but my goodness it was certainly worth the wait.

    Alexis Sanchez's bullet against Atletico Madrid was just about as perfect a goal as you could wish for as a striker.

    A pure connection on the ball, it simply flew into the net at Thibaut Courtois' near post. Given his size and prowess between the posts, any strike would need to be out of the very top drawer to beat Chelsea's on-loan keeper. And it was.

    The Chilean has been guilty of over thinking things this season, taking far too long to dispatch the chance. Not this time. Instinct took over and the ball was in the net before Courtois had a chance to move.

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