Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez - La Liga's talismanic strikers have been dominating world football for years now. But the first three months of this season reveal a steadily changing league: gone are the days of the two-horse race.
The Spanish league is known to be a striker's haven - several world class strikers have learnt and plied their trade in Spain. Let's take a look at some steadily rising forwards who are shaping the league today, but are supremely underrated:
#10 Borja Mayoral (Real Madrid)
Rising through the ranks at Real Madrid's youth setup, Mayoral has displayed strength in the air and a sound finishing technique when he has been played this season. Against Real Sociedad, he seemed a very viable alternative to a misfiring Karim Benzema.
With Real Madrid intent on buying a striker in January, Mayoral has a few months left to prove to Zidane that he is worthy of a place in the starting eleven.
Real Madrid, however, are not known for treating their youth team strikers very well. Alvaro Morata, a world-class striker, left the club last season in a big money move to the Premier League, a transfer which has visibly hurt Real Madrid this season. Mayoral has done well when given a chance, but must realise quickly that he has enormous shoes to fill.
Playing as a striker in the Spanish capital has proven to be a massive responsibility, with only a few illustrious players like Raul and Ruud van Nistelrooy doing true justice to the role in the recent past.
Mayoral surely has his task cut out for him, but with Benzema's conversion rate below par in recent games, Mayoral must seize every opportunity given to him by Zidane.