For more than a decade, Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the Spanish League. We have seen Messi and Ronaldo grabbing the headlines every week for the last 6 to 7 years. Messi is at his usual best again this season but Ronaldo got off to the worst-ever La Liga start of his career.
To everyone's surprise, there were also a few other names that made the headlines this season. Valencia's unbeaten start to their La Liga campaign turned many heads and some of the new summer signings have already exceeded expectations. Players like Antonio Sanabria, Rodrigo and Iago Aspas have been brilliant over the last 3 months.
Here's a look at 5 players who surprised us with some exceptional performances in 2017/18:
#5 Cedric Bakambu (Villarreal)
A French national by birth, Cedric Bakambu has been a revelation in La Liga this season. He moved from Turkey side Bursaspor to Spanish side Villarreal on a 5-year deal during the summer of 2015.
In 10 La Liga games so far this season, Bakambu has scored 8 goals. He is third on the list of leading La Liga scorers this season, only behind Messi and Zaza. He was the key man behind's Villarreal's great start to the 2017/18 season as they currently sit at 5th place in the La Liga standings, only behind Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, and Atletico Madrid.
Bakambu has blistering pace and is quick with his feet, making him a difficult player for defenders to mark. His movement inside the box is excellent and he often makes intelligent runs behind the defence. Bakambu has scored every 104 minutes in La Liga this season, which is prolific for any striker in a top-flight league.