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Stats Leaders for 2012-13 Season so Far: Feat. Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldo, Messi
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As the year draws to a close, we all have our subjective takes on the players who lorded it over 2012. Now it's time to see if the numbers back up our arguments.

Referencing 2012-13 season stats supplied by whoscored.com, we can rank players in Europe's top five leagues based on cold, hard data.

Some of the results will read exactly as you'd expect them to—with football's most celebrated names living up to their billing with the equivalent of straight As in their particular area of expertise. Other categories promise to throw up some surprises.

Back in October, I wrote a piece about how football is in the midst of a stats of revolution. Analysis of the kind supplied by whoscored is now freely available to fans, and it's become common practise for elite coaches to lean on numbers in selecting their teams, researching opponents and scouting new players.

They'll always be a place for subjectivity in football, but statistics are no longer the reserve of the geeky minority. Fans are hungry for information, and the increasing availability of intelligent game data is feeding their need.

WIthout further ado, here are a selection of whoscored.com's stats leaders for the 2012-13 so season far.

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