The Spanish top flight has maintained its standing as one of the traditional football leagues in the world, where some of the best talents can be found.
That said, La Liga’s top flight houses some of the best players in the world right now as clubs from the division, such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid, have spent significantly on the transfer market.
The 2022/23 season ushered in some new faces who are beginning to make the league a fortress. So what are they?
Interesting Football ranks the current best players in La Liga this season.
1. Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski is one of the most prolific forwards in world football. The Polish footballer joined Barcelona in 2022 from Bayern Munich after eight seasons at the Bundesliga club.
He has since turned out to be the leading player in the offensive position.
Lewandowski’s stats this season have been outstanding. In Spanish La Liga, he’s close to registering twenty goals and up to six assists for the Catalan club. He is now a key asset of the new project under Xavi Hernandez.
Statistics have shown Robert Lewandowski is the most decisive player in Spanish La Liga. Apart from his consistency in front of the goal, he has been a team player.
2. Antoine Griezmann
No doubt about Antoine Griezmann’s inclusion on the list due to his contributions to the team. Although the Rojiblancos fell out of the Champions League, the Frenchman has led the charge as the team bids to return to the biggest stage next season.
This season, Griezmann is one double figure for goals and assists in Spanish La Liga. He has been one of the most outstanding players at the club since the start of the new year.
Apart from his form in Spain, he was one of the key players in the French football team that finished runners-up in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar last year.
“Do I prefer to score or assist? Right now, I prefer to score because my son wants to see his father scoring goals!” Griezmann told Mundo Deportivo.
3. Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema has been the decisive factor for Real Madrid in the offensive position, and the Frenchman has not disappointed.
The Frenchman was a surprise star in the 2021/22 season when he emerged as La Liga’s top scorer and helped Real Madrid to lift the title. He also won the Ballon d’Or at the finals.
This season, Benzema has continued from where he stopped in the last campaign. He has scored over fourteen league goals and is only behind Robert Lewandowski in the race for the La Liga Golden Boot.
4. Luka Modric
Luka Modric is one of the greatest midfielders of all time. The FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award winner has continued to play at the highest level as if it were.
Modrić is a player who seems to be getting better with age by consistently living beyond expectation whenever on the pitch.
This season, the Croatian has shown that age doesn’t count for him, as he has continued to be at the forefront of Real Madrid’s midfield. A class act, he is more than just a pillar of the Los Blancos.
5. Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos is widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders ever. That said, the German has continued to play at his best year after year.
This season, he has been up and running, playing a significant role, especially in the Champions League, to help the Los Blancos to the knockout stages.
“When I think about the next 10, 15 years, I worry. Clubs are looking for players with other profiles. Is he fast? Is he big? Is he strong? And only then they ask: can he play the ball?” said Toni Kroos, according to ESPN.
Pedri is one of the most exciting players in the Spanish top flight. The 20-year-old has been one of the key players in the midfield for Barcelona.
In the Spanish football community, Pedri has been likened to Barcelona midfield icon Iniesta, who was outstanding throughout his career at Camp Nou.
This season, injuries have prevented him from playing to his full potential. However, his presence in the midfield has helped the club scale through in the domestic scene.
7. Vinicius Junior
Vinicius Junior is arguably one of the best wingers in the world right now. The Brazilian has continued to spearhead the Real Madrid attack, hitting double figures in goals and assists.
He has been one of the star players at Real Madrid since he joined the club in 2018, becoming one of the leaders in the team.
His performance against Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 has been hailed as the most outstanding of Real Madrid in ages. The Brazilian remains a crucial part of the club’s future.
8. Frenkie de Jong
Frenkie de Jong has cleared his doubters at Camp Nou with an excellent showing in the midfield for Barcelona. The Dutchman has shown that he has a significant role to play at the club.
One grey area for Frankie this season has been his inability to show up at the biggest games. However, the statistics show he has been a great addition to Barcelona’s midfield.
Frenkie de Jong is known for making successful tackles, dribbling, long balls, accurate passes, and good duels.
9. Jules Koundé
45' Jules Koundé, tout près de doubler la mise du droit, au second poteau, sur un centre d'Ansu Fati. C'est repoussé par le gardien. Au départ de l'action, Gavi avait chipé le bon ballon grâce à sa détermination (0-1) #ElcheBarça pic.twitter.com/ER9wOATb3J
— FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona_fra) April 1, 2023
Jules Koundé has established a strong presence in Barcelona’s defence since his arrival at the club from Sevilla in 2022. The Frenchman has been exceptional as the Blaugrana boost a strong defence in the Spanish top flight.
Although Barcelona had problems in the season’s early stages, the Frenchman, alongside Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen, has made the defence impenetrable on the domestic scene.
Koundé would be crucial for Barcelona as they seek to bounce back to become a strong European force following a sharp decline.
10. Dani Parejo
In the last few seasons, Dani Parejo has been the main man for Villarreal. The Spaniard played a crucial role in the team that won the UEFA Europa League in 2020–21.
Dani Parejo is a brilliant midfielder known for making outstanding passes and having good composure on the ball.
He is one of the best offensive players at Villarreal and has been consistent with his form.
11. Marc-André ter Stegen
Marc-André ter Stegen has established a defensive wall at Camp Nou this season. The German has been outstanding for the Catalans, as they’re one of the teams with fewer goals conceded.
Ter Stegen is part of the new era of Barcelona, with the team built around him. Head coach Xavi Hernandez was handed one of the leadership positions at the club.
Marc-André ter Stegen is part of Barcelona’s revival under Xavi. The Blaugrana sit comfortably at the top of the standings and look unchallenged as they look set to win the title.
12. Fede Valverde
Gradual but steady, Fede Valverde is one of the most exciting players in La Liga. The Uruguayan has already established himself as one to take over from the greats at Real Madrid due to his outstanding performance on the field of play.
This season, Federico Valverde has already scored up to goals for Real Madrid and helped head coach Carlo Ancelotti save his career after the Italian revealed his intentions to leave the game if the Uruguayan failed to hit double figures.
No other player has shown to play football passionately like the Spanish. 18-year-old Gavi practically threw himself on the pitch during Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Athletic Club, which stunned fans.
On the other hand, Gavi is one of the most consistent midfielders in Spanish La Liga, showing the club would have a reliable player they could count on for years to come.
Barcelona has also benefited from his athleticism, commitment, teamwork, and decisiveness many times, especially in some big games.
14. Eder Militão
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Brazilian defender Éder Militão is one of the most outstanding players in the Spanish top flight. Guided by passion and a need to improve, he has been rock solid for the Los Blancos this season.
15. Ousmane Dembélé
Ousmane Dembélé is one of the most creative wingers in the Spanish league. Although injury has continued to stand in his way, his impact on the field of play is always acknowledged.
This season, Dembélé has made eighteen appearances for Barcelona in the league, scoring five goals and providing five assists.
The Frenchman is known for his skill and talent, making him one of the standout players in world football.