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Ronaldo named the best Serie A player of the season statistically

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Cristiano Ronaldo has finished as the best Serie A player of the season statistically for the second time in a row.

The 2019/20 campaign was no walk in the park for Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus.

It was easily one of the most competitive and eye-catching campaigns in recent memory. In fact, no other big European league could boast such a level of competitiveness – not even the Premier League.

But Cristiano Ronaldo prevailed when Juventus needed him most, scoring 26 goals in his final 23 games to secure the Bianconeri a ninth successive title. They only finished a point above Inter, but it was enough in the end.

The Portuguese sensation may not have won the Capocannoniere award either, but he deservedly finished on top of WhoScored’s ratings for the best Serie A players this season.

WhoScored deduced these ratings using a unique and comprehensive statistical algorithm. It includes over 200 statistics based on a player’s stats, influence in games, and every important contribution made in the campaign.

Top 10 Serie A players of the 2019/20 season statistically

10. Duvan Zapata – 7.41

The 29-year-old recovered from injury problems early in the season to help Atalanta secure their second consecutive top-four finish in the Serie A, and Champions League again for next term.

Zapata’s strong form led La Dea to sign him permanently from Sampdoria in January for €12m.

9. Paulo Dybala – 7.44

This time last year, Dybala’s future in Turin was in serious doubt amid troubles to gel with new teammate Ronaldo. Tottenham and Manchester United were both interested.

Under new manager Maurizio Sarri, however, Dybala rediscovered his best form and struck an improved partnership with Ronaldo. In fact, Sarri credited the duo for Juve’s latest title.

8. Domenico Berardi – 7.45

The former Juventus striker enjoyed the best campaign of his entire career, scoring 14 times in 31 games. Add his nine assists to the mix, he made exactly 33.33% of Sassuolo’s goals.

The latter return was the third-best record in the Serie A behind Luis Alberto (14) and Alejandro Gomez (15).

7. Edin Dzeko – 7.48

After rejecting a move to Inter Milan last summer, Dzeko returned to his prolific best for AS Roma.

The 34-year-old remains a crucial element of the squad and led the way to a fifth-place finish in the league, with 16 goals and six assists.

6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 7.51

The big Swede has been nothing but brilliant since rejoining AC Milan in January. There were a few bumps on the road, but it’s been a roaring success overall. His character and convincing performances have been a great help.

Zlatan, who will turn 39 in October, also became the first player to score 50 goals for AC Milan and Inter in the Serie A.

5. Alejandro Gomez – 7.55

Papu has been an ever-present figure in the Atalanta line-up since joining from Ukrainian club Metalist in 2014.

The former Argentina international’s role in helping La Dea secure back-to-back finishes in the top-four cannot be underestimated. In fact, several teams were interested before he signed a new contract.

4. Luis Alberto – 7.55

The Spanish winger has finally found a club to call home in Lazio following failed spells at Sevilla, Barcelona and Liverpool.

Alberto was especially impressive this season, providing 15 assists to help spearhead an unexpected title challenge for Lazio. He also played a big role in Immobile’s Golden Shoe success.

3. Ciro Immobile – 7.57

Perhaps it was Ronaldo’s presence that unleashed a new level of performance for Immobile?

‘King Ciro’ may not be the most exciting player to watch, but his goal output and physical traits make him well suited as a forward. His timing and vision in the box are perhaps his deadliest assets.

That, and having a Lazio side suited to his strengths, helped Immobile win a third Capocannoniere award and a first European Golden Shoe.

2. Josip Ilicic – 7.65

Ilicic was arguably Atalanta’s go-to-guy when in need of some extra goals this season. He was especially important in the halfway stage, scoring nine goals in six games between December 22 and February 2.

Unfortunately, Ilicic didn’t complete the season and won’t be available for Atalanta’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain for personal reasons.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 7.82

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner deservedly finishes as the best Serie A player statistically for the second consecutive season.

Ronaldo may have finished five goals behind Immobile in the Capocannoniere battle, but his goal return was remarkable. In fact, WhoScored claimed nobody scored more clear-cut scoring chances than Ronaldo’s 23.

He was undoubtedly critical in maintaining Juventus’ domestic dominance and will now hope to do one better by ending the Old Lady’s 24-year wait for Champions League glory this month.