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 Kevin’s ratings 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. The first KRS is here.
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 and do not include the matches I reviewed in Kevin’s place):
Abidal, Eric 7.88 (8.00)
Valdes, Victor 7.23 (7.00)
Puyol, Carles 7.14 (7.00)
Xavi 7.04 (6.50)
Pinto, Jose Manuel 7.00 (7.00)
Toure, Yaya 6.88 (7.00)
Messi, Lionel 6.86 (7.00)
Keita, Seydou 6.86 (7.00)
Guardiola 6.80 (7.00)
Ibrahimovic, Zlatan 6.68 (7.00)
Pedro 6.56 (7.00)
Pique, Gerard 6.48 (6.00)
Dani Alves 6.38 (7.00)
Iniesta, Andres 6.06 (6.00)
Fontas 6.00 (6.00)
Team 5.88 (5.00)
Chygrynskiy, Dmytro 5.88 (5.50)
Suarez, Jeffren 5.80 (5.00)
Dos Santos, Jonathan 5.50 (5.50)
Busquets, Sergio 5.35 (6.00)
Henry, Thierry 5.17 (5.00)
Maxwell 5.11 (5.00)
Assulin, Gai 5.00 (5.00)
Krkic, Bojan 4.55 (4.00)
Marquez, Rafael 4.00 (4.00)
The aberrations like Pinto are because they had very few appearances and usually only in the Copa del Rey.
Abidal is our best player by quite a bit and Marquez our worst. Busi, who was in last in the previous KRS, has move up steadily with some better performances and fewer backwards headers. The team average dipped from 5.91 to 5.88 while the average of all individual performances also dipped to 6.41 (median of 6).
Home league average: 6.48 (up from 6.28)
Away league average: 6.51 (down from 6.92)
Best average league performance: at Racing, 7.43 team average (team rating of 8 that day, same as before)
Best league performance by team: at Depor (9)
Worst average league performance: vs Almeria, 5.57 team average (team rating of 4 that day)
Worst league performance by team: at Valencia (3)
Best home player: Keita and Xavi (7.67)
Best away player: Abidal (8.60)
Those who have received 10s: Valdes (1), Pique (1), Puyol (1), Xavi (1), Messi (1), Keita (1), Abidal (1, UEFA Super Cup),
Worst rating of the year: 2 (Messi at Valencia)
Make of these numbers what you will, of course. I think they’re fairly accurate as to how players have been performing over the course of the season. Comments below, as usual.