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Friday April 26 2019
La Liga's three standout 2018/19 stars

Barcelona star Lionel Messi naturally makes the list, but Kieran Quaile explains why understated stars at Getafe and Celta Vigo deserve the limelight. 

Lionel Messi

With 33 goals to his name this campaign, Lionel Messi is 12 goals clear of his nearest challenger in the race for the Pichichi trophy. Once again, the Argentine maestro has proven vital in his side’s inevitable title victory and this campaign has been one of his best ever.

In the current season,the 31-year-oldhas the most assists in LaLiga (13) and has scored seven goals from free-kicks. Barcelona are currently competing to the win the treble (LaLiga,theChampions League and Copa Del Rey) and with Messi there is no reason why the Blaugrana can’t achieve the feat.

 

Jaime Mata

The strikeris the undoubted key man in Getafe's spectacular season that could see them qualify for the Champions League.  Mata signed for Los Azulones aged 29 on a free transfer from Real Valladolid and the Spaniard hashas scored 14 league goals in his opening season for Jose Bordalas’ men. His form earned him an international call from Luis Enrique and his value in the market, despite his age, has skyrocketed.

Mata also has six assists to his name and has been involved in 20 goals, playing a huge role in possibly the story of the season. Getafe earnedpromoted back to LaLiga in 2017 and less than two years later they are in with a chance of Champions League qualification with the help of Mata.

 

Iago Aspas

The player that has become the club. Vigo-native Aspas joined Celta Vigo aged eight. The diminutive striker is currently fifth in the LaLiga scoring charts with 16 goals, an impressive return for a player that missed three months of the season with a calf injury.

He picked up the injury at the end of December, which resulted in Celta slipping from ninth place to 18th in the table.

The club legend netted twice in a 3–2 win over Villarreal on his return on 30 March and Celta’s relegation fight began.Since returning from injury he has played four games, earning his side 10 points and being involved in nine of their 11 goals, scoring six and assisting three.

With 16 goals and seven assists he’s had a say in 23 goals this season; the highest number for a Spanish player in the league and all coming in only 23 matchess, averaging a goal per game.

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