As La Liga approaches its finale, three teams are still fighting for the title. Atletico, Barcelona and Real Madrid all remain in the hunt for the Primera Division crown, led from the front by their world-class forwards.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa have undoubtedly been the biggest stars this season in La Liga, but who else makes it into the Goal XI for the domestic campaign in Spain? All is revealed here ...
|APP: 35 CLEAN SHEETS: 15|
|TOTW APPS: 8|
Keylor Navas was key for Levante on Sunday as it frustrated league leader Atletico in a 2-0 win in Valencia, but the Costa Rican's fine form is nothing new in 2013-14. He has helped his side to an impressive 15 clean sheets in the Primera Division, making numerous superb saves along the way.
|APP: 25 GOALS: 2||APP: 33 GOALS: 3||APP: 33 GOALS: 2|
|TOTW APPS: 4||TOTW APPS: 3||TOTW APPS: 3|
Previously a talented prospect but far too inconsistent, Federico Fazio has grown in leaps and bounds for Sevilla under Unai Emery and has been one of the Andalusians' finest performers throughout the season, which saw them challenging for a place in the Champions League up until last week.
Diego Godin has been even more impressive for Atletico and is the undisputed leader in the back for Diego Simeone's side, while he has also popped up with an important goal or two for the Rojiblancos this season.
Another to impress is Athletic Bilbao youngster Aymeric Laporte, who made his breakthrough for the Basque side this season and has blossomed in central defense in his side's run to fourth place, attracting interest from Barcelona along the way.
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|APP: 26 GOALS: 14||APP: 34 GOALS: 5||APP: 31 GOALS: 1||APP: 34 GOALS: 13|
|TOTW APPS: 7||TOTW APPS: 4||TOTW APPS: 6||TOTW APPS: 2|
Gareth Bale was an expensive summer signing for Real Madrid at 100 million euros, but the Welshman has been in fine form in La Liga, netting 14 goals in 26 appearances for Carlo Ancelotti's side and setting up many others.
The Welsh winger's former Tottenham teammate Luka Modric has also impressed, pulling the strings in midfield for Los Blancos in his second season at the Santiago Bernabeu and earning rave reviews from the Spanish press after initial question marks over his suitability last season.
Another Croat, Ivan Rakitic, is included following his dynamic displays this season for Sevilla. Probably the best midfielder in the first half of the campaign, the 26-year-old is adored by fans at the Sanchez Pizjuan and has been watched by many of Europe's top teams in recent months.
Another player attracting interest at home and abroad is Koke, one of the standout performers in Atletico's amazing season in La Liga. Still only 22, the youngster has developed a fine understanding with Diego Costa and has a strong chance of making Spain's World Cup squad next month.
|APP: 34 GOALS: 27||APP: 29 GOALS: 28||APP: 29 GOALS: 31|
|TOTW APPS: 13||TOTW APPS: 10||TOTW APPS: 11|
Diego Costa has led the line superbly for Atletico this season and taken his scoring to a new level since the summer departure of Radamel Falcao to Monaco. The Brazil-born striker has struck 27 times for Diego Simeone's side, and many of them have proven crucial for the double-chasing Rojiblancos.
Despite injury this season, Lionel Messi has been Barcelona's go-to guy as usual and the Argentine has netted 28 times in La Liga. In what has been a troublesome campaign for the Catalan club, the 26-year-old has continued his fantastic form in the Primera Division and been the Blaugrana's best player once again.
Cristiano Ronaldo has also been outstanding for Real Madrid and the Portuguese looks likely to claim the Pichichi prize for the league's highest scorer as he has 31 goals with three fixtures still remaining. The 29-year-old has also missed matches through injury and suspension, but is scoring at the most prolific rate of his career and his late equalizer in the 2-2 draw at home to Valencia on Sunday was his 50th of the season in all competitions.
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