The jury has decided! Marc-André ter Stegen wins the Aldo Rovira Award for being the best Barcelona player of last season. It’s an award given by a group of journalists and this is now its 11th iteration so far.
For the Catalans, 2019/20 has been a season to forget. Disappointment, heartbreak and, above all, embarrassment were the highlights of a highly unsuccessful campaign. However, despite underperforming on all fronts, one man has given his all.
Of course, we are talking about the German goalkeeper who rightfully takes the prize for himself. The award was created by former manager Josep Lluís Rovira as tribute to his son Aldo, who died in a motorcycle accident back on March 18, 2009 at the age of just 37.
The trophy is actually a statue made by the artist Montserrat García Rius and will be presented to the winner soon. Interestingly and perhaps surprisingly, Ter Stegen wins the Aldo Rovira Award ahead of Lionel Messi, whose last win was two years ago.
Last season, Gerard Piqué was the one to claim it and now, it belongs to the German. The winner was also chosen in a telematic meeting attended by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Rovira himself and his son Borja.
As for Ter Stegen, he is still recovering from his injury and we still don’t know when he’ll be ready to return. Recently, Ronald Koeman said the German is unlikely to feature in El Clásico later this month.
That would mean his full recovery is still some time away. Still, that doesn’t take anything away from this award, which feels well deserved.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.