La Liga Team of The Season 2009-10
With the penultimate round of games before the end of the La Liga season completed, these are the players who have made outstanding contributions to their teams cause and shone the most.
Not everybody will agree with the picks but several of this team will be considered certainties.
The season has been dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid and this team certainly reflects that. The 'Galacticos II' attempting to knock sextuple winners Barcelona from their throne has run to the final game of the season in a thrilling climax.
Real Madrid, currently in second place, a single point behind Barcelona, sit 27 points ahead of third-placed Valencia.
The team I have chosen will operate in a 4-1-3-2 formation. Honourable mentions and players close to making the team will also be named.
Goalkeeper - Victor Valdes (Barcelona)
Valdes has been ever-present in the Barcelona side thus far and has become one of the best goalkeepers Spain has to offer.
Valdes was once considered to be the weak link in Barcelona but his form over the last two seasons has been phenomenal.
This season, Valdes has kept 19 clean sheets, conceding just 24 goals in total.
Despite being uncapped by Spain, Valdes has been selected in Vicente Del Bosque's provisional World Cup squad and will surely be given his chance to challenge Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina in South Africa.
Honourable mentions: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Daniel Aranzubia (Deportivo), Andres Palop (Sevilla), David De Gea (Atletico Madrid)
Right Back - Daniel Alves (Barcelona)
Dani Alves bombing down Barcelona's right flank has been a recurring sight for a number of years and this season has been no different.
Alves has improved in his defensive capabilities, although the way Barcelona play, he is rarely called upon in this area.
Instead, Alves charges forward and supports Lionel Messi and Xavi in tearing apart the opposition.
Alves has contributed three goals and 10 assists this campaign.
Honourable mentions: Cesar Azpilicueta (Osasuna), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid)
Centre Back - Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Ramos started the season in his usual right back position but following an injury to Pepe, coach Manuel Pellegrini asked Ramos to switch to centre back, where his performances were impressive.
Ramos displays calm and responsibility and looks equally comfortable and confident as a centre half alongside Raul Albiol.
Ramos has also chipped in with four goals this season, a decent return for any defender but Ramos will want to work on his discipline, receiving 11 yellow cards and one red this campaign.
Centre Back - Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
Sir Alex Ferguson may well regret allowing Pique to rejoin Barcelona.
Pique has developed into one of the world's most talented defenders alongside Carles Puyol and under Pep Guardiola's management.
This season, Pique has firmly established himself as the most consistent defender in La Liga and is one of the first names on the Barcelona team sheet after Lionel Messi and Xavi.
Honourable mentions: Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Diego Colotto (Deportivo), Jose Carlos Nunes (Mallorca)
Left Back - Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Marcelo has improved greatly this season, cementing a regular place in the 'Galacticos II' side whether at left back or left midfield.
Like Alves on the right, Marcelo charges forward with pace and tenacity but is not considered the most technically sound defender.
Despite this Marcelo has helped Real Madrid to 15 clean sheets so far this season when he has played and scored four goals himself and created another eight for his team mates.
Honourable mentions: Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Maxwell (Barcelona), Felipe, before injury (Deportivo)
Defensive Midfield - Ever Banega
In the modern game, almost every team utilises a holding midfield player, and this one is no different.
Banega has turned in a number of impressive performances this season and, after being shipped out on loan last season to Atletico Madrid, has become one of Valencia's most important players.
Banega sits in front of the back four, disrupting opposition attacks with tough tackling and determination. His distribution and creativity has also improved. Banega has contributed two goals and provided seven assists for Los Che.
Honourable mentions: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Seydou Keita (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao)
Right Wing - Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Statistics speak for themselves and wIth 32 goals from 29 starts so far this season, it would be hard not to include Lionel Messi in this team.
The young Argentine has seemingly moved up another level to that displayed in previous seasons and looks set to retain his status as World Player of The Year for another season.
At times, Messi has single-handedly torn-about Spanish defenders this season and made the difference for Barcelona when they were not at their creative best.
Honourable mentions: Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Pablo Hernandez (Valencia)
Attacking Midfield - Xavi (Barcelona)
Xavi's performances this season have been instrumental in Barcelona's attempt to retain their La Liga crown.
Xavi pulls the strings and is rightly considered one of the best central midfield players in the world.
Providing assist after assist, Xavi has made a huge contribution to Lionel Messi's 32 league goals so far.
Honourable mentions: David Silva (Valencia), Pedro Leon (Getafe)
Left Wing - Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Not much needs to be said about Cristiano Ronaldo. The sulking, flamboyance, and negative body language often remain, but so does the speed, power, skill, and flair that makes Ronaldo one of the world's best players.
Pressure was on Ronaldo to justify the €94 million that Real Madrid paid Manchester United for the Portugal star, but Ronaldo has made a seemingly easy transition from the Premier League to La Liga.
He has scored 25 goals in just 26 games and has not had a bad game for Los Blancos.
Honourable mentions: Pedro (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Valencia)
Striker - David Villa (Valencia)
Despite finishing in third place, Valencia have had a number of ups and downs this season.
Villa was involved in a transfer tug of war between Real Madrid and Barcelona last summer but 'El Guaje' has still managed to score 21 goals so far this season.
Villa, hoping to help Spain to World Cup glory, is one of the world's best strikers and will no doubt be highly sought by Europe's top clubs this summer.
Striker - Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid)
Many may have expected Higuain to be sold or dropped to the bench following Real Madrid's summer spending spree and the arrival of French striker Karim Benzema.
However, Higuain has formed a formidable partnership in attack with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Higuain has scored an impressive 27 goals from 27 league starts so far this season and has become an important member of this Real Madrid team.
Honourable mentions: Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Aritz Aduriz (Mallorca)
Coach - Josep Guardiola (Barcelona)
Guardiola took Barcelona to the pinnacle of world football with an unprecedented season in the Blaugrana's history.
Barcelona have continued their outstanding form this season and have lost just one match so far this season, obtaining an outstanding 96 points in the process.
Guardiola's passion and style of play is a fundamental reason behind Barcelona's attacking football.