2021 was a year of many firsts for FC Barcelona.
Lionel Messi left the club in the summer after spending his whole career in the Catalan club, achieving legendary status and carrying them to glory almost year after year.
With the great Argentinean not with them for almost half a year now, it will be interesting to look at who made the list of FC Barcelona's best players in the year 2021 from January to December.
Let's take a look:
FC Barcelona's best players in 2021
1. Memphis Depay
Imagine coming in to fill the boots left by a striker of Sergio Aguero's quality.
But Memphis Depay went on to prove why he is a better fit for the club as he performed very well for them since the season began.
Depay is Barcelona's top scorer this season and could salvage a decent 2021-22 campaign for the club.
2. Frenkie De Jong
The Dutchman has proved to be one of the best in the world when we speak of the 2021-22 season.
Frenkie De Jong has been exactly the player Barcelona thought he would be when they signed him.
His consistent performances in midfield, coupled with his dynamisim and ideas for important passes on the field of play makes him a genuine contender for future Barcelona captaincy.
Another one from Barcelona's famous academy, Gavi has shown incredible ability to become a club legend in the future.
His performances in the 2021-22 season especially earned him a call-up to Luis Enrique's Spain national team squad.
If you look at Gavi playing in Barcelona's midfield, you'll believe that he has been playing at the club for years.
Perhaps it is in his best interest that Xavi is at the club and is one of the greatest of all time in the position that Gavi favours on the field.
4. Sergio Busquets
An ever-present superstar in Barcelona's midfield, Sergio Busquets has started in every single game for his club this season.
Overall, the defensive midfielder had a great year as he led a young, deveioping midfield around him to learn from the best.
Busquets' trademark qualities of positioning and passing coupled with his footballing brain were enough to make him one of the best players for the club in the calendar year, 2021.