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La Liga’s Top Ten best players outside the Big Two

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The 2011/12 La Liga season has again been dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both grabbing the headlines after yet another intriguing battle between the two. 

However this has also been a memorable season for a number of other players in Spain’s top flight and we have seen some fantastic individual performances from players playing for teams outside the ‘Big Two’.

Over the next few pages you will find a list of the players we think have been La Liga’s Top Ten best players outside Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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  1. srini

    13 March, 2012 at 17:05

    IMO you missed some good players in our list.Based on form,ISCO deserves to be here.So is santi cazorla.And in defense Sergio Ballesteros and Inigo martinez are the most consistent players.In goalkeepers diego alves and javi varas are the best in the ligue!

    • Jafar

      13 March, 2012 at 22:53

      I disagree with you here and think the list is very good.
      Also as a Valencia fan I get to see Diego a lot and IMO and a lot of fans as well, I think Guaita is better and I don’t think he is that good. Don’t get me wrong he is good but I don’t think he did well enough to be on the list this season, same goes for Isco,Martinez,Varas but not too sure about Santi and Ballesteros.

    • Carlos Amorin

      14 March, 2012 at 03:22

      Thanks for the comment. You are right about the other players that could of been on the list. Isco is an immense young talent and I thought about adding him as he is becoming a world class midfielder. He reminds me of Iniesta and a little of Zidane as well. With a little more experience and a good head on his shoulders he can become legendary. The other players you mentioned deserve merit as well, they are fantastic footballers. thanks for the reply and continue to read the website.

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  3. Blaugrana7

    15 March, 2012 at 12:55

    Great article.

    Ander Herrera, Isco, Asier Illaramendi, Carlos Vela, Beñat Extebarria, are quality players outside the big two.

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