Even though Catalonia is – for now – a state within Spain, being named its best player is no small feat.
The region in northeastern Spain has produced some of the best talents of the post-2000 era.
Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique all hail from Catalonia and each can show you their Champions League and World Cup winning medals.
Think of it as Spain’s answer to Yorkshire.
Anyway today the Catalan football federation came together for its annual gala to announce the winner for the Best Catalan Player in 2016-2017.
Unsurprisingly it was a Barcelona player who scooped the prize.
But the fact Sergi Roberto has clinched it ahead of Pique, followed in joint-third by Sergio Busquets and Girona’s Pere Pons may raise a few eyebrows.
Monaco’s Keita Balde and Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin were both nominated but couldn’t match up to Roberto, establishing himself as a starter in one of the best teams in the world.
After Dani Alves left the Camp Nou ON A FREE in June 2016, Barca struggled to find his replacement immediately.
Originally deemed a central midfielder, Sergi tried to break into Barcelona’s star filled line up to no avail.
Then during the 2015-2016 season Luis Enrique converted him to right back and he has continued to impress, scoring the final goal in a historic comeback against PSG in the Champions League last term.
Roberto is firmly first choice right back these days, making 32 league appearances for La Blaugrana last season.
Well done Sergi, you deserve it.