Ranking the 20 Best Non-World Cup Players in La Liga

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Ranking the 20 Best Non-World Cup Players in La Liga
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Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga in Spain, might have been joking when he said he wanted the best 500 players to be plying their trade in his country's top flight, but there's certainly little doubt that Spain houses some of the world's finest, including the new summer additions of a handful of World Cup stars.

By the nature of the World Cup and the multitude of nationalities accounted for in La Liga, not every big star of the top flight was on show in Brazil this summer, however.

Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo might have been the star names going into the finals, but La Liga has a plethora of talents who didn't travel to South America.

Here we take a look at 20 of the best of them: Eligibility is, of course, based first and foremost on players not being named in the final 23 of their nations' World Cup squads and being currently registered with a La Liga side for the 2014-15 season. Order is based largely on what the players achieved last season, but also on their potential for the upcoming campaign.

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