It's been another thrilling season in La Liga, with Barcelona expected to be crowned champions of Spain within the next week or two.

Coming up is a best XI for the season, but first we'll start with the most impressive manager of the campaign.

Manager: Diego Simeone | Atletico Madrid

Simeone has made Atletico a top Spanish side and they started the season strongly as title contenders but now have to settle for a place in the Champions League. Only three points behind Real Madrid, Atletico have shown how much they have progressed in the league. 

La Liga XI | Formation: 4-1-2-1-2 

Goalkeeper: Dani Hernandez | Valladolid

The Venezuelan keeper has proved to be an invaluable asset for Valladolid, and his match-saving performances have helped them not to be involved in a relegation battle. He has kept six clean sheets this season and has made an incredible 92 saves in just 24 games. 

Right-back: Carlos Martinez | Real Sociedad

The Spaniard's performances this season could get him a spot in the national team. His stats have been impressive, averaging 3.1 tackles per game. He also averages 3.3 interceptions and 4.5 clearances per game, showcasing his defensive skills. He has also notched up one goal and two assists this season, consistently putting in man of the match performances. 

Centre-back: Sergio Ramos | Real Madrid

Ramos has improved his performances this season making him one of the best central defenders in Europe. Four goals in the league show that Ramos is potent offensively, too. He has averaged over two tackles and interceptions per game throughout the season, while also averaging 5.3 clearances proving why he's one of the first names on the team-sheet for Real Madrid. 

Centre-back: Diego Godin | Atletico Madrid

The defender from Uruguay has been vital for Atletico, making them the best defensive side in Europe. He averaged an incredible 8.1 clearances this season and his no-nonsense defending has helped Atletico avoid sticky situations in the defence. With a goal and assist, Godin has an offensive side to him too.

Left-back: Andres Guardado | Valencia

The Mexican has been extremely versatile for Valencia, playing in the midfield and defence but mainly as a left-back. He starts many attacks from the left and can also defend well, too. He averages just over 35 passes per game showcasing how involved he is when Valencia attack or defend. 

Centre-midfielder: Andres Iniesta | Barcelona

The Spaniard has shown why he is recently talked in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by creating many goals for Barcelona this season - and he has also started orchestrating their play, taking over from Xavi.

Iniesta averages an incredible 71 passes per game and also has a pass success rate of 91% proving how lethal a midfielder he is. He's scored two goals and provided 14 assists in just 19 starts, which shows why he is rated so highly by managers and players alike. 

Right-wing: Carlos Vela | Real Sociedad

The former Arsenal man has flourished in La Liga and is one of the main reasons why Sociedad are competing for a Champions League spot. He has contributed 13 goals and eight assists in 27 starts for the Spanish outfit. 

Left-wing: Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid

The Portuguese has consistently performed in the league, helping Real regain second place from rivals Atletico. His world-class dribbling and free-kicks have helped add many goals to Real Madrid's tally. He has amassed an astounding 31 goals and eight assists in just 28 starts - figures bettered only by Messi. 

Attacking-midfielder: Ruben Castro | Real Betis

Castro is having one of his best seasons in La Liga, scoring important goals for Betis as they challenge for European football. Castro has been both a finisher and provider for the Spanish side, scoring 16 and assisting five in 26 starts for the club. Castro is also very versatile as he can play as an attacking midfielder and a forward. 

Centre-forward: Lionel Messi | Barcelona

The Argentinian is enjoying another stellar season with Barcelona and continues to re-write history with the amount of goals he scores, cementing his place as one of the footballing greats. He has already crossed the 40-goal mark in the league and he has assisted many goals, too. His figures of 43 goals and 11 assists in 27 starts are unmatched in world football. 

Striker: Radamel Falcao | Atletico Madrid

If it wasn't for the exploits for Ronaldo and Messi, then Falcao would have been the best goalscorer in La Liga - and arguably the world. A deadly finisher, Falcao can afford to drift out of games and still manage a goal or two. His goalscoring record has been impressive, scoring 25 in just 29 games.

 

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