La Liga XI: Best of the rest

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Barcelona and Real Madrid have dominated La Liga and Spanish football like no other duo in world football.

Their shadows are cast far and wide over the Spanish game, but there are 18 other clubs in La Liga - and boy have they got some talent.

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois | Atletico Madrid (on loan from Chelsea)

The Belgian shot-stopper has been a revelation in his two years at the Vicente Calderon. At the tender age of 20, the on-loan Chelsea star is destined for greatness as he has shown a maturity that belies his years to claim Europa League glory and cement Champions League football during his stint with Atletico Madrid.

Right-back: João Pereira | Valancia

The Valencia man has been a welcome addition to the Mestalla with his pedigree as a Portugal international plus stints with Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, making him a superb option at right-back.

Centre-back Adil Rami | Valencia

The France international is now an undisputed starter as the premier central defender for his national team. His brute strength, great anticipation of danger and threat at set pieces makes the Valencia star a must-have for this team.

Centre-back: Diego Godin | Atletico Madrid

The Atletico Madrid defender is one of the most underrated players in the world. With successful stints with Villarreal and now Atletico Madrid, as well as having helped Uruguay to a fourth place finish in the World Cup and to Copa America glory in 2011, Godin is undoubtedly a classy and tested centre-half.

Left-back: Aly Cissokho | Valencia

The former Lyon man has had his detractors but his move to Valencia could potentially reignite a stuttering career and hoist the club up the table with the Frenchman's blistering pace and indefatigable spirit valuable qualities for a full-back.

Centre-midfielder: Ander Herrera | Athletic Bilbao

The brains of Athletic Billbao's midfield, the Spaniard is destined to break into the Spanish national team and have a big future. Drawing comparisons to Xavi, the Basque man rarely wastes possession and is pinpoint in his distribution.

Centre-midfielder: Isco | Malaga

One of the brightest young talents in the world today, the Malaga star's performances in this season's Champions League has seen some earmark him as the game's next big thing. With superb vision and touch as well as a keen eye for goal, the young gun has all the tools to establish himself one day as one of the world's best midfielders.

Attacking-midfielder: Benat | Real Betis

The Real Betis star has been in sensational form this season, scoring important goals such as the winner against Real Madrid, while being a constant thorn in opposition defences with his superb passing and dangerous finishing.

Right-wing: Jesus Navas | Sevilla

The Sevilla superstar has been one of La Liga's emerging talents that has eventually blossomed into a fine player. His pace, excellent dribbling and audacity to take on defenders with no hesitation is an important asset to the Spanish national team given he gives them another dimension in attack.

Left-wing: Iker Muniain | Athletic Bilbao

The Athletic Billbao whiz-kid will no doubt have a huge future ahead of him for club and country if his career so far is anything to go by. His electrifying pace and dribbling ability, coupled with neat finishing, makes the young Spaniard a superstar of the future.

Striker: Radamel Falcao | Atletico Madrid

The stunning form of the former Porto man over the last two to three years has seen the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City courting the Colombian for his services. His aerial threat, work-rate and deadly finishing makes him a dream centre forward.


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