The star La Liga performers over the international weekend


No La Liga action from the week just gone but here are some of the star performers to have emerged from Spain’s premiere division from the international break!

Kaylor Navas, Costa Rica

The Madrid goalkeeper has been put under immense scrutiny over a tepid campaign for Los Blancos but secured a clean sheet for his national side in their 1-0 victory over Scotland.

Navas has secured 14 points over the 2017/18 campaign – a far cry from last season’s La Liga-Champions League winning antics.

Diego Godin, Uruguay

The 32-year-old has grown a fierce reputation over his eight years at Atletico Madrid as one of the best defenders in Europe and his nous saw him play a valuable role in closing out the Welsh attack.

Godin has 68 points this season, as Atleti sit second in La Liga following an impressive campaign.

Jose Gimenez, Uruguay

The second Uruguayan to benefit from his side’s victory in the China Cup Final, Giminez added to the 59 league clean sheets he has aided in 2017/18 as he rounded off a productive international break ahead of the World Cup.

Hector Moreno, Mexico

The 30-year-old played a valuable role in his side’s impressive 3-0 win over Iceland.
Sociedad sit 15th in La Liga this season, their poor form contributing to him having reached 27 points over the campaign.

Marcelo, Brazil

The Brazilian reached his 51st cap in the win over Russia and kept a clean sheet to boot.

Clean sheets have been a rare commodity at Real Madrid this season, with the 29-year-old having only won six. A few more would go a long way to him boosting his current points tally of 32.

Coutinho, Brazil

The former Liverpool man is beginning to find his feet at Barcelona and he took that confidence into the International fixtures as he netted against Russia in their 3-0 win.

The goal is another in a fine season that has seen him net nine goals across La Liga and the Premier League.

Iniesta, Spain

There may be age in the Spaniard’s legs nowadays but he’s still more than capable of being a difference maker.

The 33-year-old, who has 31 points this season, set up Rodrigo for the opening goal in his nation’s 1-1 draw with World Champions Germany.

Paulinho, Brazil

The Brazilian may have thought his international career may have been over when he moved to China but he put on a fine display in his side’s 3-0 win against World Cup hosts Russia.

Such has been his renaissance that he is now a vital cog for both the national team and Barcelona, with him having secured 68 points so far over the 2017/18 season.

Gareth Bale, Wales

The Welshman’s hat-trick against China saw him become his nation’s highest ever goal scorer, overtaking the legendary Ian Rush.

Injuries have hampered his season, meaning he’s only amassed 38 points over the campaign, but his international form has shown just what he is capable of.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

The Portuguese striker continued his fine run of form in La Liga to score a brace in his country’s 2-1 win over Egypt.

Ronaldo has bagged 99 points and 22 goals this campaign – defying a poor start to the campaign.

Rodrigo, Spain

Rodrigo has enjoyed a positive season in a campaign that sees Valencia as a form favourite to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

His goal against Germany was his second at international level and adds to the 13 he has scored for his club.

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