Strikers are the face of football. From the beginning of the beautiful game, scoring has been valued above everything. And when it comes to La Liga, Spain possesses some of the world's best scorers.
But there is a big difference between being a great goal scorer and deadly one. A deadly scorer is an assassin that uses attitude, power and strength to break the hearts of opponents.
In this article we will take a look at the top 10 deadliest scorers in La Liga.
The rating system will not solely be based on the amount of goals. Significance of goals, power, aggression and all around strength will also play a big role in our list.
So continue reading to find out who is the best of the best. There will be a few surprises along the way.
Note that all statistics are courtesy of WhoScored.com
Along with the sensational run of Real Sociedad has come the arrival of Imanol Agirretxe. The Basque striker has come into his own as of late and has become a real force in Spanish football.
Though he has only scored 12 goals in the current campaign, it is his way of finding the back of the net that makes him so deadly.
Agirretxe has a knack for scoring when it counts most. What he lacks in quantity, he more than makes up for in significance.
La Real has been in several close games this year and has come away victorious thanks to the efforts of Imanol Agirretxe. He may not put up big numbers, but when the game is on the line, he can light up any defense.
Iago Aspas is a weapon. Simply put, the 25-year-old lives to make defenders have the worst day possible. Do not let his 11 goals fool you; he is nothing to mess around with.
The Spanish striker can really do it all. He is capable of heading the ball, keeping possession and counter attacking. But Aspas is never more comfortable than when he is blasting shots from outside the box.
Aspas does have an attitude about him which has seen him get into some big trouble this season (via Football-Espana). But it is this same attitude and swagger that has made him the player he is.
When it comes to deadly strikers, Aspas strikes fear into every keeper as you never know just when or how he will strike.
The next man on our list of deadly striker is placed in this very spot because of how important he is to his club. To be clear, every goal Aritz Aduriz scores is vitally important.
Many would not expect the former Valencia man to be as good as he has been at 32 years of age. But Aduriz has aged like a fine wine.
Athletic Bilbao has gotten 14 goals out of their former youth product and not a single goal was wasted. Aduriz is very strong in the air and has a knack for finishing his chances.
Playing for a struggling side like Bilbao has put extreme pressure on Aduriz, but he has carried the load without missing a beat.
When Aritz Aduriz rises to meet a cross or has time to settle the ball around the box, be sure that the keeper takes a quick, bracing breath.
It might seem strange to see Roberto Soldado so far down this list. But the Valencia man is not quite as deadly as some of the other stars in La Liga.
Soldado has currently scored 21 goals in Spain, fourth best in the league. But despite his amount of goals, Soldado has not shown that killer instinct.
For Soldado, things still haven’t quite panned out.
The 27-year-old is still fighting to make it into the Spanish National Team and find his way into a top European club. But until he can make that next step as a deadly and tenacious scorer, Soldado will continue to be overshadowed.
Do not get me wrong, Soldado is a tremendous talent and wonderful scorer. But he is not yet a deadly striker.
In a very real sense, Ruben Castro has been the offense for Real Betis this season. His ability to play in multiple positions has come in handy, and he has scored from all over the pitch.
Castro has already scored 17 goals in La Liga at this point, but expect him to surpass the 20 mark before the year concludes.
For Real Betis, Ruben Castro is the epitome of a target man.
Every offensive play comes through the 31-year-old. But there is something stunning about the way Castro plays with the ball. The Spaniard has the ability to test the keeper with almost any shot and never puts in anything easy.
If there is one word to describe Ruben Castro it would be finisher. He does not waste chances. He does not mess around. Scoring is not a game for him. Ruben Castro is an assassin and defenders always have one eye on him.
Before you ask, yes Real Sociedad has two representatives in our list. Carlos Vela may have only scored 14 goals so far, but no one in Spain is questioning his ability at this point.
The Arsenal reject has found a safe haven at the Basque club and has played a very big role in Sociedad’s rise to glory. Using speed and power, there aren’t many other attackers in La Liga that make defenders work quite like Vela does.
The Mexican forward has been featured in several positions this season and all have been rewarding.
Carlos Vela is at his best when cutting into the box. But the Mexican is also very adept at taking free kicks and firing shots from long range.
He averages over three shots on goal per game and they usually look like they are all going in. Vela makes keepers work harder than almost anyone else. And when you least expect it, the net ripples.
Vela gets his position above other top talents because of his ability to adapt. When it comes to scoring, managers want forwards that can change their game to suit the situation.
No matter what tactics are used, Carlos Vela will not be denied. He is a deadly scorer through and through.
Alvaro Negredo is next up on our list and has truly deserved his spot. The Spanish striker has scored 20 goals so far in La Liga and every one of them has been important.
There is one thing that makes Negredo a dangerous target and everyone in Spain is aware of it.
Negredo is known as a finisher above all else. He can finish with his feet by either calmly slotting the ball home or rifling a chance from distance. But the 27-year-old is also one of the best headers in Spain.
When Negredo takes a chance at goal there is a high probability of it finding the back of the net. Sevilla constantly target the striker when the game is on the line and he usually delivers.
He and Roberto Soldado may be on par in the eyes of many. But Negredo easily tops his Spanish compatriot because he is consistent. You always know what you are getting with Negredo on the pitch, and so do keepers.
This was probably not very surprising to most fans. In many top leagues around the world Radamel Falcao would be the best striker around. But in Spain he is forced to perform behind the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But do not let others take away from Falcao’s ability; the Colombian is as deadly as they come.
El Tigre has already scored 28 goals in La Liga and will likely break the 30 goal barrier. His speed, pace, control and athleticism make him a tough mark for any defender and it seems as though no one can really stop Falcao.
He has the ability to head the ball, strike from long and create his own shot from dribbling. But Falcao’s biggest trait is that he is a big game player.
Radamel Falcao has already scored against the best sides in Spain this season, and the best in Europe at that. He always finds the back of the net at the perfect time and looks capable of scoring every time he is in possession.
They do not call him El Tigre for nothing. Deadly is not just a defining term for Radamel Falcao; it is his very style of play.
At this point you are either very concerned or nodding your heads. Lionel Messi comes in second of our list of La Liga’s most deadly scorers for a very good reason.
Allow me to be very clear. Messi is the best player in the world and possibly the best of all time. I will even go as far to say that he is the best scorer in the world by a long distance.
But Messi is not the deadliest scorer in Spain.
The Argentinian star has already scored 46 times this season and it looks as if that is where he will finish due to a late-season injury. Messi is able to score tons of goals and dazzle viewers with his incredible footwork.
However, the anger and attitude are the only things that separate Messi from the top man on our list. Messi may be able to score any goal he wants to, but that does not always mean they are assassin-like strikes.
Messi has showed his cold-blooded ability this season such as his unbelievable strike against Athletic Bilbao recently. But those types of goals are not always regular.
The world’s best player has impeccable finishing and dribbling which makes every opponent shake at the thought of defending him. But when it comes to being deadly, Messi is barely edged out due to his calm demeanor.
Messi is called La Pulga (the flea) because of his small stature and humble nature. Big things may come in small packages, but it is hard to view Messi as a killer.
As you all probably guessed, the deadliest striker in La Liga is none other than Cristiano Ronaldo. Though he normally lucks out to Lionel Messi in comparisons, this is one title that he deserves.
When it comes to being a deadly scorer there are a few things involved. A player must be able to score goals that matter. He has to be able to influence games. And above all else, he must do so with attitude and ice in his veins.
That is the perfect description of Cristiano Ronaldo.
In fact, the Portuguese winger could very well be the deadliest scorer in the world. His ability to get past defenders and use his pace and power to beat keepers is unbelievable.
Ronaldo is one of the best headers in the game as well as one of the strongest shot takers. His blasts always look like they came off of a rocket and keepers normally do not have an answer.
Never before has there been a player with such raw emotion and power. When Ronaldo scores it shakes the stadium. Every time he finds the back of the net it should be on a highlight reel.
Though Lionel Messi is without a doubt the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo can sleep well knowing he is the most feared assassin in the world of football.
Messi may be just a little too nice to be considered as deadly. But Ronaldo has no problem breaking hearts.
Who do you think is the deadliest scorer in La Liga? Is there anyone who should be added or taken off this list? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
Tre’ Atkinson. Follow me on Twitter for more discussions on La Liga and Spanish football.