Real Madrid ended as the winners of the La Liga 19/20 season, breaking the dominance of arch-rivals FC Barcelona. The Spanish top-flight saw a fair share of attackers making an impact every week, from the ever-present league stars to some surprise packages. Here are the forwards who had been outstanding in the league.
The best strikers in La Liga in the season 2019/2020
5. Ansu Fati
It would be premature to include Ansu Fati in the list – everyone’s feeling when he made his first appearance – but his impact with the Blaugrana has been massive. Although Barca have endured a gruesome season, Fati emerged as one of the positives for the club. The 17-year-old seamlessly fitted into the team, scoring 7 goals in 24 appearances (seldom as a starter). The La Masia jewel also broke several records in the process, one of the many is becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in the Champions League. Furthermore, Fati has been tipped to feature for Spain’s senior team, which speaks volumes about his talent. The teenager has also been speculated to be a starter in the Champions League round of 16-second leg against Napoli.
4. Lucas Ocampos
How can simply one not talk about a player, who has managed to surface on Manchester United’s radar after just one season in the Spanish top-flight? Such is the case with Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos. The 25-year-old became an integral part of the Sevilla side, which has managed to earn a place in the Champions League next term. Julen Lopetegui’s men displayed a flashy entertaining football, with Ocampos being the catalyst. The Argentine racked up a total of 14 goals and 3 assists in the Spanish top flight, with many being game-changers. A hardworking pacy winger, Ocampos will be vital for the Argentine national team in the coming years.
3. Gerard Moreno
There hasn’t been as underrated as a player like Gerard Moreno. The 28-year-old would have gained a starting berth for the Euro 2020 if the tournament had happened as it was planned. The Villareal striker, who can also play as an inside forward, found the nets 18 times and had set up for 6 more goals in the league. Scoring goals alone don’t limit the Spaniard as he is the player with creative nous. Moreno was crucial behind The Yellow Submarine’s Europa League qualification after a horrendous campaign last season.
2. Karim Benzema
While Moreno can make it to the second tier of the underrated players, Karim Benzema will be forever in the top-tier. One of the main reasons Los Blancos have had their hands at the La Liga title is the unselfish and hardworking play from Benzema. The Frenchman has bagged a total of 21 goals and 8 assists. He may not have won the Golden Boot nor the Pichichi, but will they even matter when you have led your side to the title?
1. Lionel Messi
While many might argue over Lionel Messi’s deviance from his usual self this season, a tally of 25 goals and 22 assists – with hardly any help from his team – speaks about his standards. Having not any of the trophies yet this season, Messi will be put under scrutiny if he falls short of winning the UCL. However, few would fathom his underrated brilliance, having the penchant for both playmaking and goal-scoring, which is second to none in the world of football.