As most of you are aware, there’s this guy named Kevin that does the reviews for this here website. And some of you smart readers are even aware that during those reviews, he rates the players in each match. What you probably aren’t aware of is that there’s a bookish nerdboy collecting those ratings and putting them through the ringer and come up with averages, medians, and some analysis. That Peter Parker-esque science geek is, of course, me.
Each week I feed the numbers into my number crunching machine, carefully calibrated to understand exactly the emotions involved in these integers. The machine is, of course Excel. And it does fairly simple mathematical operations.
So, then, to the numbers themselves, with the highest average rating at the top and the median rating in parentheses (these are for all competitive matches, not just league matches):
Abidal, Eric 8.29 (9)
Messi, Lionel 7.56 (8)
Xavi 7.36 (7)
Chygrynskiy, Dmytro 7.33 (8)
Puyol, Carles 7.30 (7)
Pique, Gerard 7.20 (7)
Keita, Seydou 7.09 (7)
Toure, Yaya 6.86 (7)
Valdes, Victor 6.80 (7)
Dani Alves 6.73 (6)
Pedro 6.63 (7)
Ibrahimovic, Zlatan 6.38 (6.5)
Krkic, Bojan 6.00 (6)
Iniesta, Andres 5.67 (6)
Henry, Thierry 5.29 (5)
Maxwell 4.75 (4.5)
Suarez, Jeffren 4.50 (4.5)
Marquez, Rafael 4.33 (4)
Busquets, Sergio 4.17 (3.5)
Guardiola 7.00 (7)
Team 5.91 (5)
Please note that I included substitute appearances at their full value (that is if you had a start that lasted 90 minutes, your rating was weighted the same as your 10 minute sub appearance, so if it was 9 and 7, you’d get an 8 average. If you have a thought on how to better weight it, let me know. Also note the rating “incomplete” was just a blank, as if the player didn’t play, meaning it counter neither for nor against a player.
So it’s Eric Abidal that is our current “best” player while Busi is our undisputed “worst” player. The Kevin Rating Synthesis (KRS) does not lie. The team is playing at just over what one could argue is “average” (5), though the 5.91 team average is a bit different from the average of all the individual performances, which is 6.59. Rather than point to that as a weakness of the KRS, I would say that it is a strength that shows that individual talent and skill do not always help the team. Assuming that the team gets a 10, you would expect most players within that team to have something akin to that and the reverse is true too, about the majority of the players.
More things being tracked:
Home league average: 6.28
Away league average: 6.92
Best league performance: at Racing, 7.43 team average (team rating of 8 that day)
Worst league performance: vs Almeria, 5.51 team average (team rating of 4 that day)
Best home player: Abidal, 9.00, (1 appearance)
Best away player: Messi, 8.67 (3 appearancess)
Those who have received 10s: Pique (1), Puyol (1), Messi (1), Abidal (1, UEFA Super Cup)
Worst rating of the year: 3 (Busi and Messi once each)
The rest of you can parse these numbers, but I think they’re fairly spot on. We’ve got players saving our bacon and some players trying to fry that bacon to hell and gone…cough Busi cough.