Power Ranking Every Real Madrid Player from the 2013/14 La Liga Season

Rik SharmaFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2014

Power Ranking Every Real Madrid Player from the 2013/14 La Liga Season

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    Madrid finished third in La Liga... who was to blame?
    Madrid finished third in La Liga... who was to blame?Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press

    Real Madrid's La Liga campaign turned out to be a disappointment for supporters of Los Blancos but some players performed better than others.

    Here we wrap up Madrid's domestic season and sort the wheat from the chaff.

    Who let the team down and who propped them up?

    Based on their performances and influence in La Liga, these are the Real Madrid power rankings for 2013/14. 

22. Iker Casillas

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    Iker Casillas has barely featured.
    Iker Casillas has barely featured.Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press

    Obviously, had Iker Casillas played more than two La Liga games then he would be much higher up in this list.

    But, with Carlo Ancelotti deciding to play Diego Lopez in the league and Casillas in the cups, his influence was limited to two games in the last couple of weeks, to prepare for the Champions League final. 

21. Casemiro

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    Casemiro has had no real impact on the league season.
    Casemiro has had no real impact on the league season.Martin Meissner/Associated Press

    The Brazilian midfielder has played 12 times in the league this term but 11 of those were as a substitute.

    He hasn't really had too much influence on Madrid's season and is just a regular, run of the mill, reserve.

    As a player Casemiro is decent, offering solidity, but with Madrid's galaxy of midfield stars, he's found it hard to get much of a look in.

20. Nacho

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    Nacho is not often used at Madrid.
    Nacho is not often used at Madrid.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    Nacho is a versatile defender, but like Casemiro before him, he is merely a squad player.

    He's been useful to deploy when players have been injured or suspended, but he's not ever able to keep his place in the side.

    Nominally a centre-back, he can also play on either flank as a full-back. 

19. Alvaro Morata

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    Alvaro Morata is a decent young player.
    Alvaro Morata is a decent young player.Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

    Alvaro Morata is a talented striker but it looks like it will be impossible for him to make it at Real Madrid.

    The youngster is not very high up in Carlo Ancelotti's pecking order, with fellow graduate Jese ahead of him in Madrid's plans.

    Morata, 21, could well leave this summer, perhaps on loan, and Madrid supporters won't be devastated to see him leave.

18. Sami Khedira

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    Sami Khedira missed almost all the season.
    Sami Khedira missed almost all the season.Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

    Injury has restricted him to just 13 appearances this season and as such it's difficult to place him in this list.

    The midfield has been fine without him, with Luka Modric, Xabi Alonso and Angel di Maria doing good jobs.

    However, over the summer he should regain his fitness and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him play a key role next term.

17. Asier Illarramendi

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    Asier Illarramendi has not progressed much.
    Asier Illarramendi has not progressed much.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    The midfielder signed for nearly £33 million last term from Real Sociedad has not been impressive when called upon.

    To be fair to him, Ancelotti hasn't used him a whole lot, with 15 starts and 14 substitute appearances in La Liga.

    But when he has played he has not shown why he cost so much money.

    However, with Xabi Alonso suspended, he could start in the Champions League final for Real Madrid.

    Put in a good performance there and help Los Blancos win the decima and things will be changed for him in an instant.

16. Raphael Varane

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    Raphael Varane (left) vies with Ronaldo for the ball.
    Raphael Varane (left) vies with Ronaldo for the ball.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    Again, injury has undone the influence of this youngster.

    Raphael Varane was superb last season, taking the place of Pepe in the side and showing astonishing composure for a 20-year-old, now 21.

    However, Sergio Ramos and Pepe have been excellent and when fit Varane has found it hard to break into the team.

    He just has 12 starts and two sub appearances in La Liga.

    Definitely a talent, but one who will want more game-time next season.

15. Alvaro Arbeloa

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    Alvaro Arbeloa was not Madrid's best right-back.
    Alvaro Arbeloa was not Madrid's best right-back.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    Injury cut Alvaro Arbeloa's season short, too, but that's not the only problem he's had.

    Dani Carvajal has been impressive and has been the better of Real Madrid's right-backs this term.

    Of course, Arbeloa will still be fighting for his place next season and it's far from game over for the Spaniard.

14. Jese

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    Injury ended Jese's season.
    Injury ended Jese's season.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Another one who sustained an injury part-way through the campaign.

    The young forward was playing so well before his knee injury that he was even an outside bet to make Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad.

    When in the team he provided pace, flair and spark that was occasionally lacking.

    One to look out for next season.

13. Isco

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    Isco has impressed in fits and starts.
    Isco has impressed in fits and starts.Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

    At times Isco has been disappointing but that's not always been his fault.

    Ancelotti left him on the bench for a large chunk of the season.

    At other times, Isco has shown why Madrid shelled out £23 million to Malaga for him.

    The young creator thrives in games when Madrid are dominant and have plenty of the ball.

    At other times he looks a little lost as he's not the most dynamic or snappy player.

12. Marcelo

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    Marcelo has performed well.
    Marcelo has performed well.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Marcelo has played well when selected by Carlo Ancelotti.

    He attacks with menace and conviction and is a real threat down the left for Real Madrid.

    Marcelo's defensive contribution has improved, too, which is important for a left-back.

    However...

     

11. Fabio Coentrao

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    Ancelotti likes Coentrao on the big occasion.
    Ancelotti likes Coentrao on the big occasion.Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

    This man is in a good position and has played some of the most important games ahead of Marcelo.

    Real Madrid feel he is a better defender than the Brazilian and it would be no shock to see the Portugal star play ahead of the Brazilian in the Champions League final on Saturday.

    Coentrao started the Copa del Rey final and both league games against champions Atletico Madrid

    Because of Marcelo's injury he also played both legs of the semi-final in the Champions League against Bayern Munich and did a fine job. 

10. Dani Carvajal

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    Dani Carvajal has established himself in the team.
    Dani Carvajal has established himself in the team.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    This has been an excellent season for Dani Carvajal, who has established himself as the club's best right-back.

    He gets forward well and defends to the same level.

    With 25 starts in La Liga, he has the edge on Alvaro Arbeloa now.

9. Diego Lopez

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    Diego Lopez has been Madrid's Liga No 1.
    Diego Lopez has been Madrid's Liga No 1.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    The goalkeeper has been Carlo Ancelotti's first choice between the sticks in La Liga all season.

    It's only in the last couple of games that Iker Casillas has played, to keep him fit for the Champions League final.

    However, while Diego Lopez could only help Real to a third placed finish, Casillas could end up winning the double, after he lifted the Copa del Rey.

8. Xabi Alonso

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    Xabi Alonso makes a huge difference in midfield.
    Xabi Alonso makes a huge difference in midfield.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    This has not been the finest season for the Spanish defensive midfielder, but he's still been a strong player in the side.

    Madrid look much better with him helping protect the defence and start attacks from deep in midfield.

    His absence through suspension for the Champions League final could be key, with Atletico hoping to capitalise.

7. Gareth Bale

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    Gareth's got a few big fans in Madrid.
    Gareth's got a few big fans in Madrid.Julian Finney/Getty Images

    The Welshman has had an excellent debut season in Madrid.

    That he is only seventh in this list is testament to the performances of the players ahead of him.

    One problem is that he failed to make the difference in any big match this season.

    The one exception is the Copa del Rey final, but that doesn't count in these La Liga rankings.

    Scoring 15 goals and adding 12 assists is not to be sniffed at and Bale can congratulate himself on an impressive campaign.

6. Sergio Ramos

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    Sergio Ramos has put in his usual strong season.
    Sergio Ramos has put in his usual strong season.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Real Madrid's captain came into his own in the latter stages, scoring a couple of goals and continuing to lead from the back.

    He is the club personified and Madridistas will be as happy with him as they ever are.

    Four league goals for a centre-back is a decent return and Ramos has formed a superb partnership with Pepe, too.

    He was, of course, one of only two Madrid players to be sent off in the league.

    We'll get to the other one later.

5. Karim Benzema

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    Karim Benzema's brought his A-game this season.
    Karim Benzema's brought his A-game this season.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

    The Frenchman has been revitalised under Carlo Ancelotti.

    Not only has he scored 17 goals, but he has also improved as a producer, too.

    That's seen him pick up nine assists and he's helped countless other goals fly in with his impressive hold-up play and unselfishness.

    It looked like the 26-year-old may not have been the right fit for Madrid but he has proved that he is this season.

4. Pepe

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    Pepe has been rock-solid.
    Pepe has been rock-solid.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

    The perfect foil for Sergio Ramos, Pepe has been brilliant this term.

    If he is injured for the Champions League final that will be another huge miss.

    He has restrained the nastier elements of his game, for the most part, and it's paid off with his performances.

    Under-rated as a defender because of all the controversy that goes with him, Pepe has proved doubters wrong.

    He's also kept young Raphael Varane out of the side, after he was usurped by the Frenchman last season.

3. Angel Di Maria

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    Angel Di Maria has been frankly outstanding.
    Angel Di Maria has been frankly outstanding.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    It's difficult to believe this guy would have ended up in Real Madrid's top three league players but here he is.

    The Argentine has enjoyed a fabulous campaign.

    Carlo Ancelotti has helped him play in an attacking role in the middle, which has been a revelation.

    When Real Madrid have been without him they've looked lacking.

    Di Maria is extremely quick and very dangerous.

    He has four goals and 17 assists to his name in the league this term, the latter tally far greater than any of his team-mates'.

2. Luka Modric

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    Luka Modric has been a revelation.
    Luka Modric has been a revelation.Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

    This has been the Croatian's year and winning the Champions League on Saturday night would be the perfect way to cap it.

    Modric has run matches for Madrid and the crowd, who are notoriously difficult to please, have started singing his name.

    That makes a far cry from his first season at Real, where many felt he was a weak link.

    Like at Tottenham, he doesn't score or create too much, with one goal and six assists, but what he does do is get the whole team playing fluidly.

    Modric is an essential ingredient in Real Madrid's mixer.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Ronaldo: "Thanks for making me No 1, BR!"
    Ronaldo: "Thanks for making me No 1, BR!"Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    We won't patronise you.

    Everybody knows that Cristiano Ronaldo is not just the best player at Real Madrid but also in the world at the moment.

    He finished as La Liga's top scorer with 31 goals, three ahead of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.

    On top of that he also added nine assists for his colleagues.

    Ronaldo is, however, the other player that got sent off this season, against Athletic Bilbao.

    He slapped Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegi, who exaggerated the impact somewhat, and he was sent marching.

    If he hadn't missed the games afterwards you can be sure that Ronaldo would have added more goals to his tally.