The curtain been rolled down. La Liga, the spanish biggest football show is now undergoing a winter break. Before the season started many pundits stated that this season will be another two-horses race between, Barcelona and Real Madrid. They also predict that this year will show no surprise. Real Madrid and Barcelona leaving the other teams behind and make the La Liga title race, theirs. But is that true? Is that what really happens in La Liga this season? Now I will try to review the La Liga in 2012/2013.
First of all, La Liga been said to be Real Madrid’s and Barcelona’s, it seems like they are on the higher level than any other teams in La Liga. So, is that what really happen in 2012? No. The pundit is wrong. La Liga is more than Real Madrid and Barcelona. This year, the last year champion, Real Madrid, is standing third in La Liga. Trailling Barcelona by 16 POINTS! Well, then who is the runner-up? Its Real Madrid local rival, the Atletico Madrid. The los Rojiblancos surprisingly sneak into the 2nd position with 40 points, leaving Real Madrid with 7 point differences while chasing Barcelona with 9 points gap. The fourth? Still the same like the last year, its Malaga, but its pretty surprising to see Malaga sit up there after their key player, Santi Cazorla, moved to Arsenal. Then where is the other big names like Valencia? Sevilla? Valencia sits 9th in the table with 24 points, while Sevilla, left on the 14th position.
Who is the MVPs this far? The most valuable players for the La Liga have been sorted out to 5 names. First one is, The messiah, Lionel Messi. The argentinian forward been scoring 26 goals this far, and breaking the all-time record, 85 goals in a year by Muller after Messi scored the 86th goal in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Real Betis. Not only Messi, there are other names that fill this list of MVPs like Radamel Falcao who help Atletico Madrid surpass their biggest Rival Real Madrid in the league table. The third name is, Cristiano Ronaldo. The CR7 himself keep performing consistently while Real Madrid is falling into the slump. Scoring the most goals in Real Madrid Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the most important players for Real Madrid. Sadly, rumours saying that he will leave the Galactico along with Mou in the next summer transfer window. And then, Its Isco! The Malaga’s ace! After Santi Cazorla left Malaga last summer, Isco starting to step up from the second class player into the untouchable player in Manuel Pellegrini starting XI! Thanks to Isco now Malaga still in for either La Liga and Champions league rsce. Last but not least, the fifth. This position isn’t filled by one player but several. Why? Because I think that these players deserve to be praised for their performance in 2012. Who are they? They are, Manucho, the Valladolid striker; Willy Cabalero, the Malaga’s goalkeeper; Thibaut Courtois, the Chelsea loanee in Atletico Madrid; and once again, last but not least, Beñat, the Anchor man of Real Betis.
And any other news going on in La Liga? Well, remember about Ronaldo sadness because Real Madrid haven’t offered him the contract extension? Now, rumours saying that Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid either this summer or next summer to Paris Saint-Germain, not only Ronaldo, the french powerhouse is also planning a move for the “upset” Mourinho, after he failed to impress the Real Madrid board this week, looks like Florentino Perez will replace him by the end of the season. And then, another one is, the Brazil wonderkid, Neymar is said to leave Santos and join Barcelona next summer. The Betis defensive midfielder, Benat, is said to be on his way to Real Madrid and to experience another international call-ups. Falcao to leave Atletico to Chelsea or Manchester City. Isco also rumoured to leave Malaga for City. Turan targeted by Liverpool and Arsenal. Adrian, another atletico forward is on Arsene Wenger’s radar. Adel Taarabt, the QPR midfielder, is on Tito Villanova’s shortlist. And many more! But one thing for sure, the end of La Liga will be very interesting and worth to wait!