La Liga welcomed two major signings at the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
The most highly anticipated was Brazilian wunderkind Neymar, who had run rings around his opponents in a Santos shirt and become the subject of a bidding war between the world's biggest clubs. Barcelona eventually secured his signature, for an amount that is apparently up for debate.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, reprised their habit of breaking the world transfer record to bring Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu for the princely sum of £86 million.
The high-profile stars faced on another on Wednesday evening in the Copa del Rey Final, and the Spanish press are virtually unanimous in their verdict that the Welshman won what Sport (in Spanish) are calling "the millionaire duel."
Speaking about Bale's memorable winning goal, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti told Sky Sports: "The goal was incredible. I don't think I've seen anything like it. It looked like the ball was going out and he was under pressure, he ran off the pitch to keep it in, it was just amazing."
But which player has had the better debut La Liga season so far? Let's find out...
*Statistics via ESPNFC.com unless otherwise noted.