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La Liga Stat Leaders

A look around the statistics as La Liga heads into its winter break shows the expected big stars right at the top of the most important areas, while also highlighting the displays of some of the more low-profile players who have impressed through the first five months of the 2014/15 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo can head happily on his holidays knowing he dominates most of the individual attacking metrics. The Real Madrid superstar is way out ahead in terms of goals scored so far with his phenomenal 25 in 14 games almost as many as the total managed by Barcelona pair Lionel Messi [15] and Neymar [11] combined. They are second and third top scorers, respectively.

Ronaldo is also joint-leader in the assists table [8] – level with Atletico Madrid’s Koke and the fast emerging Denis Cheryshev of Villarreal. The Blancos’ talisman’s 11 man of the match awards in 14 games is completely unparallelled and yet it was still just one ahead of closest challenger Messi [10 in 16 outings].

The Portuguese also edges the Argentine in total shots per game [6.3 to 4.8] and key passes [2.8 to 2.6] so far. Two metrics in which Messi comes out on top are dribbles per game [4.2] and through balls per game [0.8], where his tallies are both by far the highest in the division.