Believe it or not there are more than two players currently lighting up Spain’s La Liga on a regular basis and just in case you don’t know their names or their work, here are five of the finest.
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain)
The diminutive Barcelona midfielder has steadily developed into one of the world’s most cultured footballers over the last 5 years. Fast, nimble and with incredible balance, when in full flow he is a magnificent sight. Finding a weakness in his attacking armoury is almost impossible. Technically excellent with both feet, great vision, ability to play the killer pass and the gift to finish that would be the envy of most strikers, Iniesta is a vital component in the great Barcelona team which has dominated domestic and European football in recent times. Several nominations for World Player of the Year go to prove his impact within the game.
Xavi (Barcelona and Spain)
Xavi Hernandez is the heartbeat of Barcelona. The gifted playmaker is the closest thing to a Quarterback or an Orchestral Conductor to be found on a football pitch. His probing and cajoling can moving even the tightest of opposition defences around the field in the manner of a chess master. Although now entering the veteran stages of a medal laden career he shows very few signs of losing his influence.
Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid and Colombia)
The Colombian hitman is currently the hottest property in La Liga bagging goals for fun. After a successful spell with Porto in Portugal, his move to Atletico Madrid has propelled Falcao to another level. The combination of pace, power and finishing prowess is attracting interest from Europe’s superpowers, all desperate to add his killer instincts to their frontlines.
Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid and Germany)
One of La Liga’s most intelligent and influential stars, Ozil is a key ingredient in Jose Mourinho’s title winning team of last season. His combination with Ronaldo providing 16 assists to the Portuguese superstar earned him the title of top passer in the league. A menace to opposition defenders with his accurate left foot and ability to lose his marker in and around the penalty area means he is first choice for both club and country.
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid and France)
The spearhead to La Liga winning Real Madrid’s potent strike force. He was a much in-demand commodity when he was snapped up from French side Olympique Lyonnais. A frontman with all the qualities needed to be one of the world’s best all round strikers. Strong, quick and with great balance, Benzema has scored some spectacular and vital goals with his sense of awareness near the opposition net. Explosive finishing power with both feet and has proven a great foil for Ronaldo and Higuain.