Just as it had done for the previous three season, Spanish football dominated Monday’s 2012 Ballon d’Or celebration held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Not did Barcelona star Lionel Messi collect his fourth consecutive award for the best player on the planet, but Spanish national team boss Vicente Del Bosque also picked up the award handed out to the best coach in the game. Just as impressive however, was the fact that the FIFA/FIFPro team of the year consisted wholly over players from La Liga.
After the Spanish game achieved such overwhelming success in the Swiss capital, now is as good a time as any to pick our best eleven of La Liga season so far – based solely on statistics. We should warn you before we start however, that our list differs somewhat to that announced by European footballs governing body at the start of the week.