30. Cesc Fabregas
The Spain international returned to his spiritual home at Barcelona last summer after completing a long-expected move from Arsenal that cost the Catalan giants around €40 million. Cesc Fabregas, a La Masia graduate, re-integrated himself into the Barcelona set-up with astonishing ease and was a key member of Pep Guardiola's squad last season, chipping in with 15 goals and 20 assists in 49 appearances for the club, despite playing in an unusual false-nine position at the tip of the Barcelona attack. It was a role that he would then be asked to perform by the Spain coach Vicente del Bosque at Euro 2012, and despite the trainer receiving criticism from the Spanish press for the decision Fabregas proved his doubters wrong by scoring twice in six games as La Roja retained their European crown.Moment of the Season - Crowning his first La Liga match at Camp Nou with a neat finish after latching on to a delightful Lionel Messi pass during Barcelona's 5-0 victory over Villarreal in August.
Editor's view - "The Catalan midfielder finally returned to Barca last summer and had a superb start to the season in the 'false number nine' role, weighing in with some crucial goals. Injury niggles limited his effectiveness in the latter stages of the season yet for me, the former Arsenal player was one of Spain's shining stars at Euro 2012, despite not starting every game." - Miguel Churruca - Deputy editor for Goal.com Spain