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In a team full of stars, Ángel di María shined the brightest throughout the first half of the 2011-12 season.
The Argentine winger has been in sensational form for Real Madrid, leading La Liga with 12 assists in 14 matches. Di María has been a constant threat down the right flank, taking on defenders and creating goalscoring opportunities for teammates.
Di María's electric pace and delicate touch make him exceptionally difficult to mark in one-on-one situations. However, his clever through balls and deft reverse passes have been the keys to unlocking defenses from around the league.
Although the Argentine's attacking play has been outstanding through the first half, his defensive contribution has been equally, if not more impressive.
Di María covers every blade of grass for Los Blancos, pressing high up the pitch and tracking back defensively as well. The Madrid winger's tireless running and closing down have been instrumental to the success of Mourinho's high line of pressure.
Willing to burst his lungs for the team, Di María's effort and determination set him apart from the majority of wingers in modern football.
He may not be Real Madrid's most expensive signing in recent seasons, but Di María has clearly been the best and most valuable player for Los Blancos through the first half.