Barcelona have led La Liga for the whole of 2013, however it has not all been about the Catalan giants.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid—who are toe-for-toe with Barca in the league at the moment—have been exceptional, while Real Sociedad have been breathtaking to watch at times during the last 12 months.
The following slides look at the 25 best players from the past calendar year in Spain’s La Liga.
Players who arrived in the summer—Neymar, Gareth Bale etc.—have not been considered, nor have players who departed at the same time—Alvaro Negredo, Roberto Soldado etc.—as the ratings take into account the whole 12 months.
Clubs have also been restricted to five entrants each to avoid the list becoming overly dominated by the league’s top clubs.
Finally, a weighting has been given to how a given player’s performances have aided their team’s achievements in 2013.
Let’s kick things off with some honourable mentions.