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For this year's list of La Liga's ten best performers, the previous Real Madrid goal machine is omitted as a result of he left mid-2018. We've additionally taken national-team duty under consideration for our criteria, as many players won FIFA World Cup winners' medals with France, for instance, however we've weighted players' positioning in favour of their performances at club level.
10. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Sergio Ramos continues to hog the limelight at Real Madrid. With the departure of Ronaldo, he has assumed even a lot of power at the Bernabeu, even as so much as taking the team's penalties. His form—particularly in the league—has been patchy and perhaps symptomatic of his side's inability to seek out consistency. However, his ability to dig out a giant performance in the games that matter remains unmatched, even if it extends to the execution of the dark arts. He will end his career as a club legend and one of the GOATs in Spanish soccer.
9. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
This has been the year during which Sergio Busquets, the unsung hero of Barcelona's team for the last decade, registered over five hundred official games for the club. He has been a remarkably consistent entertainer for Barca, providing the oil that greases the wheels of the team from his deep-lying position as a pivot. there's a reason why Messi says he continuously needs him on his team and why pep Guardiola plucked him from the club's youth academy to form one of the best midfield trios in the history of club soccer alongside Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
8. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
It s laborious to believe Jan Oblak is simply twenty five. He has already won the Zamora Trophy as La Liga's best goalkeeper for 3 seasons in a row, and in theory he has yet to achieve his peak as a 'keeper. He has been masterful for Atletico and was a decisive character in their booming Europa League campaign. And he's proving as mean as ever for opposition attacks in 2018-19. He may go down as one of the uncomparable greats, given he has already surpassed the achievements of Thibaut Courtois and David de Gea at the club.
7. iago Aspas (Celta Vigo)
No alternative player is as valuable for his club in La Liga as iago Aspas. He has been sensational over the previous few seasons at Celta Vigo—making goals, hassling defences, jawing in the ears of referees and scoring goal after goal. after a wretched time at Liverpool, it's nice to see he has found his magic once more back home in galicia. he is the simplest centre-forward Spain has at the moment, as his late crucial goal against Morocco (from off the bench) proved during the nation's forgettable World Cup in Russia.
6. Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Luis Suarez continues to fight against nature. He turns thirty two in January, and has vie through injuries throughout his career. His goalscoring returns in the Champions League are decreasing over the last few seasons, with solely four scored within the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 campaigns. however his hat-trick in the October Clasico against Real Madrid reminds us he ought to never be written off. His fighting spirit—and telepathic on-field relationship with Messi—is one in all the explanations why Barcelona have scored double as several goals as most alternative teams in La Liga in the 2018-2019 season.
5. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
The French centre-forward is in his tenth season at Real Madrid. it's only when he's gone that we will perhaps totally appreciate his worth to their historic series of Champions League wins, together with match-winning goals against Bayern Munich in last season's semi-final. He is, after all, already fourth on the list of uncomparable top scorers in the history of the european Cup, prior to Ruud van Nistelrooy, Alfredo Di Stefano and Thierry Henry, and his selflessness and intelligence helped Cristiano Ronaldo rack up 450 goals for Los Blancos before he left for Juventus.
4. Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Marcelo remains one among the nice players of his generation despite his occasional defensive frailties (and consequent targeting by opposition teams). No alternative defensive player is as deadly—for giving goals and breaking between defensive lines on the counter-attack, that was a key consider Real Madrid's third Champions League win in a very row. His ball control—the results of a childhood playing futsal—remains breathtaking, as does his eye for an assist. However, along with his chunky physique and currently in his 12th season at Real Madrid, he could also be a part of a clear-out at the Santiago Bernabeu next summer, though.
3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Antoine Griezmann had a unforgettable year (excluding his absurd La decision documentary regarding his preference to remain at Atletico rather than join Barcelona). He floundered early last season however hit his stride after Christmas, and his goals were decisive, as well as 2 in the Europa League final triumph. during France's march to the globe Cup title, he was the team's point of reference. He has an insatiable appetite for work, which is inevitably fostered by performing at club level with Simeone. One wonders, though, if he focused a lot of in the final third of the pitch, would he be a greater player?
2. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Luka Modric has had the best year of his life in soccer terms. together with hauling Croatia to the world final, he added a fourth Champions League title to his resume and broke the 10-year Messi-Ronaldo stranglehold on the Ballon d'Or. He remains fascinating to look at, with his easy ball management and talent to search out the telling pass. At thirty three years of age, it's troublesome to determine him maintaining his high standards for much longer, thus we'll fancy him while he lasts.
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Lionel Messi keeps astonishing us. Before he made his debut for Barcelona's team in 2004, the club had won eight league titles since 1960. he is dragged them to 9 more since then and will probably add a tenth this season. it's troublesome to isolate single moments from 2018, however his free-kick against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou in March (his third free-kick in a very row in La Liga) killed off Los Rojiblancos' charge for the title. Atleti manager Diego Simeone aforesaid afterwards Messi was the difference between the 2 teams—if he had been sporting an Atletico shirt, they might have won. In cold terms, that is the difference he makes.