This La Liga season has already been full of surprises at the macro level with many traditional powers underachieving and some recently promoted teams fighting for top spots.
If we look closely at the individual level though, we will learn that many of the best and most consistent players in Spain are not the big names we are used to praising, and most do not play for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
This list follows my ranking of the Top 10 Full-Backs in La Liga so far this season and lists the 10 best central defenders to date.
There are a couple of elite, household names, but most of these guys are relatively unknown to the casual football fan.
This does not mean that these players are or ever will be among the best in Europe. It is just an example of how unpredictable the 2012-2013 Primera Division season has been.
Honorable Mentions go to Mallorca's Geromel and Betis' Paulao who barely missed out on this list.
Note: All stats taken from WhoScored.com.