Top Ten La Liga Players of 2009/2010

How good was Cristiano Ronaldo's first season in Spain?>After one of the most thrilling Spanish La Liga title races, dominated by two teams, it’s time for *Sports Pundit *to analyse the campaign’s top ten stars, inevitably dominated by Barca and Real.

10.

Dudu Aouate> – Real Mallorca 38 appearances, 14 clean sheets

The Israeli goalkeeper was central to Mallorca’s surprising UEFA Champions League push. The 32-year-old was consistent and solid all campaign.

9.

Gerard Pique – FC Barcelona 32 appearances, 2 goals

The towering defender took on plenty of big-name opponents this term, and won. Cristiano Ronaldo amongst them. Pique also distributes well and begins attacks for Barca from the back.

8.

Gonzalo Higuain – Real Madrid 32 appearances, 27 goals, 5 assists

An exceptional season from the Argentinian, who scored several important goals for Real Madrid and was the player who went closest to keeping up with Lionel Messi on the goalscoring charts.

7.

Dani Alves> – FC Barcelona 29 appearances, 3 goals, 10 assists

A breakout season for Higuain>

The Brazilian’s energy down the right-side provided plenty for Barca in an attacking sense this campaign, but he remained a more than solid member of an impressive backline.

6.

Jesus Navas – FC Sevilla 34 appearances, 4 goals, 9 assists

The dazzling and speedy winger produced his best and most consistent campaign in Spain to date helping Sevilla reach the UEFA Champions League once again.

5.

David Villa – Valencia 32 appearances, 21 goals, 3 assists

Barcelona’s newest acquisition and the best Spanish striker in La Liga this term, David Villa, helped Valencia return to the Champions League with a comfortable third-place finish this season.

Twenty-one goals from ‘El Guaje’ contributed a lot towards Valencia’s charge and his ability to constantly terrorise defences bodes well for Barca, who will undoubtedly provide him with more ball.

4.

Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid 33 appearances, 4 goals, 5 assists

A superb campaign for the Spanish defender, who rotated between right-back and centre-back under Manuel Pellegrini.

Xavi; Barca's engine room>

Sergio Ramos was consistently formidable in defence whilst also venturing forward on the odd occasion. More importantly, though, he’s been a rock at the back when Real needed him to be so.

3.

Xavi – FC Barcelona 34 appearances, 3 goals, 14 assists

Barcelona’s midfield conductor who pulled the strings in their successful La Liga season. Xavi’s incredible tally of 14 assists was comfortably the best in the land at campaign’s end and showed his worth.

Not only does the Spanish international offer plenty going forward, he also nonchalantly goes about his business tidying up deep in midfield and working passes in the Barcelona style. A brilliant player who seems to go from strength to strength without anybody noticing.

2.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid 29 appearances, 26 goals, 7 assists

CR9 is the world’s most expensive player and he justified that tag with some brilliant football this campaign, but his biggest regret will be not bringing any silverware to the Bernabeu in his debut season in Madrid.

Ronaldo contributed 26 goals and seven assists this season but he’ll feel he needs to redeem himself and the team with trophies next term and that’s a scary thought. He could get even better. If he keeps scoring those crucial goals, and keeps his cool when the going gets tough, then who knows what he can produce for Real.

Messi; Undeniably brilliant>

1.

Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona 35 appearances, 34 goals, 10 assists

There’s no going past the dimunitive Argentinian attacker who went from the category of world’s best this year, to world’s best ever in a season. Sure, last campaign he claimed six trophies with Barca, while this time out they only managed one, La Liga, but Messi was equally brilliant.

A grand total of 34 goals and 10 assists reveals his brilliance, but it isn’t until you watch him first-hand taking on defenders and breaking games open do you realise his outstanding quality. So often this season, we saw Messi utilise those abilities and there’s no denying he proved almost unstoppable in arguably the world’s best domestic league.

Ben somerford
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Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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    muhammad

    My thinkings tell me that messi is the best player although i like ronaldo his style and ability but the truth is truth

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    ABBAS

    I THINK MESSI IS BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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