Spain has been dominant on the international stage, winning the last two European Championships and the World Cup. 

While most of Spain's international players ply their trade in the country itself, many have swapped La Liga for the Premier League; and had fantastic success. 

5. Mikel Arteta, Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has been a stabilising force for Arsenal the past two years. Emerging as both a quality player and leader, Arteta was the Gunner's captain by the end of the season.

Arteta's move to Arsenal has shifted the former Rangers man from an attacking midfielder into the Andrea Pirlo-like deep-lying midfielder. 

That hasn't stopped him from performing at a high level, being a mainstay in the Arsenal side, and having a cool enough head to be Arsene Wenger's choice to take spot-kicks.

4. Fernando Torres, Chelsea

A few seasons ago, when Torres was ripping apart defences for Liverpool, he would probably have topped this list. Following his much talked about move to Chelsea, Torres' form has dropped considerably; El Nino has been labeled a bust.

The former Atletico man still shows flashes of his wonderful ability, and has improved his barren goal tally this season to a reasonable degree, scoring 27 times in 56 appearances for both club and country. 

It will be interesting to see if Torres stays with Chelsea, and if he can somehow recapture that form that has eluded him lately.

3. Santi Cazorla, Arsenal

Labeled by many the signing of the season, the diminutive former Malaga man has shown his class in his debutant season at Arsenal, immediately establishing himself as one of the top midfielders in the Premier League.

A true two-footed player, Cazorla's ball control is virtually unmatched, able to manoeuvre his way through defenders. He has also shown an aptness for strikes from distance, and has finished this campaign with an impressive goal tally of 12 goals while playing all 38 league matches. 

Still, for all his dazzling class, Cazorla rarely finds a place in the national team, having to sit behind the next two players on the list.

2. David Silva, Manchester City

The top two are a toss-up; they are so close talent-wise, current form is the only thing separating them. But that doesn't mean David Silva is ever in poor form. 

The anchor of last season's league-winning team, David Silva is the creative genius that changes a match with one bit of skill, one clever pass, or one clinical finish. Widely regarded as one of the best playmakers in the world, David Silva has impressed ever since his Valencia days, before his move to the Eastlands.

While his form has not been the all-world level that was witnessed last season, David Silva still is one of the most game-breaking midfielders in the game. His passing, his vision, his ball control and lend him to be one of the best Spain has to offer. 

1. Juan Mata, Chelsea

Perhaps there hasn't been a better playmaker this season than Chelsea's Juan Mata. With 12 goals and 12 assists in 31 Premier League games, Mata has come up big for his team time and time again, be it a curling free kick, or a eye-of-an-eagle through pass that rips the opposing team wide open.

Another Valencia product, Mata has been the lynchpin of this year's Chelsea side. His timely goals against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, and others have secured Chelsea crucial points that were needed for Champions League survival.

Mata is perhaps a better all-around player than Silva, with equal passing and ball control, but with a sweet left foot that allows him to be one of the world's deadliest free-kick takers, and a more deadly striker. At only 25, Mata will continue to get better, and that should strike fear into the rest of the world.

Honorable Mentions:


David De Gea, Manchester United
Pepe Reina, Liverpool
Michu, Swansea 

 

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