31. Gonzalo Higuain
With Jose Mourinho preferring a 4-2-3-1 formation at the Bernabeu last season, many thought Gonzalo Higuain would struggle for playing time with Karim Benzema jostling with him for the single central striker position. The Portuguese coach managed to balance his use of the two, and Higuain clearly benefited from the faith shown in him by Mourinho. The Argentina international netted 22 times in 35 matches in La Liga for Madrid, six of them coming in an unbelievable fortnight in October when the striker scored three hat-tricks in a row, sandwiching a trio for his national team with similar hauls against La Liga opposition. The remarkable run included hat-tricks against Espanyol on October 2, Chile on October 8 and then finally Real Betis on October 15.
Moment of the Season - His well-taken hat-trick against Real Betis in October that took him to nine goals in four games for club and country over a period of less than two weeks.
Editor's view - "It has not been an easy season for the Argentine. For large parts he served as an understudy for Karim Benzema, making his tally of 26 goals last season even more impressive. He has all the attributes a top striker needs but with plenty of competition in the Real Madrid squad, he will have to show a strong personality once again if he is going to impress next term." - Miguel Churruca - Deputy editor for Goal.com Spain