La Liga News: The Rise of Barcelona FC

La Liga is top of the UEFA Coeffcient and Spain are the current World and European Champions. Yet La Liga seems to be going through a stage of transition in terms of strength and depth. European giants and so-called 'best team in the world' Barcelona are leading the division by an almost unassailable amount - and being Barcelona, you have to say it is impossible to catch. 

Nine points clear of nearest rivals Athletico Madrid and surprisingly 16 points clear of defending champions Real Madrid, the La Liga crown appears to be going to the Nou Camp. But what are the reasons behind the sudden drop of Madrid and the ability of Barcelona to keep improving despite the loss of already legendary manager Pep Guardiola, the aging of Xavi and Puyol, the illness of current manager Tito Vilanova and limited summer spending. 

Barcelona have won 16 of their 17 games in the league drawing the other to give them 49 points from a possible 52. They also have a goal difference which is already fourteen goals better off than any of their rivals. 

One reason that Barcelona have been so successful is the continued goal-scoring of Argentine maestro Lionel Messi. Superlatives can no longer be used to describe the 25-year-old, who has broken records for goal-scoring in 2012 and is leading the La Liga 2012/13 season Pachici trophy - with 26 goals - nine more than Athletico's Falcao. 

Whilst Falcao has been impressive the players around him are perhaps the reason why Athletico are nine points behind Barca. Turan, Adrian and Emre have been impressive but compared to Barcelona they just simply are not as good. 

Real Madrid meanwhile have fallen from grace in terms of La Liga - losing double the amount of games in half of this season than they lost in the whole of the previous one. It would appear Portugese boss Jose Mourinho has conceded the title - in fact he has said so himself and Cristiano Ronaldo had scored significantly more goals at this stage last season - perhaps burnout following the European Championships. 

Between Ronaldo, Benzema and Higuain, they have failed to score the same amount of goals as Lionel Messi and therefore Madrid are lagging far behind. Mourinho will be focusing on the Champions League this year and it appears Barca have La Liga within their grasp already.

Barcelona have been impressive despite the various set-backs including injuries to key players and the reoccurence of cancer for the Barcelona manager, Tito Vilanova. 

Perhaps Barcelona are just very special, some would say: 'Més Que Un Club'