There were many possible contenders for this award. The world's best player Lionel Messi did what many thought impossible and became a better and more effective player than in seasons past, Andrés Iniesta had a season for the ages after an injury-plagued 2009-2010, Eric Abidal had arguably his best season ever...still, it's hard to look past Sergio Busquets here.
In 20 years time, when Busquets is a Barcelona and football legend, 2010-2011 will be remembered as the season where he became one of the best players in the world. Pep Guardiola was heavily criticized in 2009-2010 when he insisted on starting Sergio ahead of Yaya Touré. But while Busquets did used to be error-prone, this season fully vindicated Guardiola's option.
The Catalan was flawless the whole season, breaking up play, covering for the centre-backs and Dani Alves and participating in the build-up process with Xavi and Iniesta.
His midfield partner Xavi Hernandez described Sergio as the best one-touch footballer on the planet, and it's hard to argue with him. Everything Busquets does is so simple, yet so effective. It's rare to find a 22-year-old with such calm and composure on the ball. Besides, Busquets is most fouled Barcelona player; that's right, not even Lionel Messi draws as many fouls as Busquets.
As if playing for one of the best sides of all time were not difficult enough, Busquets still had to deal, this season, with ridiculous and unfounded accusations of cheating and racism, yet he showed his maturity and class by rising above it with a spectacular performance in the Champions League final.
If everything goes well, Busquets will only keep improving, and he will become a club legend. Barcelona have found themselves a midfielder for the next decade.