Mid-December could very well prove to be the pivotal moment for many of La Liga's traditional powers this season.
Barcelona may have just wrapped up La Liga in December after beating Atletico Madrid, who themselves finished one win shy of their greatest start in history.
Real Madrid probably lost the title after dropping more points, this time to Espanyol. They've now dropped more in four months than they did all of last season.
Valencia failed to get a result against Rayo Vallecano and now sit 12 points out of third place, with any Champions League qualification looking difficult to attain.
The current La Liga tables could not look much more different than the way they finished in May, but that is what makes Spanish football so great, after all.
Let's review some of the top individual performances of the weekend by recognizing some of the best players from Matchday 16.
Note: Stats taken from WhoScored.com.