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Ronaldo, Messi and the contenders to be La Liga top scorer this season

Two of 2013-14's top five forwards have jumped ship but with Luis Suarez and Mario Mandzukic added into the mix, expect the goals to flow in 2014-15

La Liga's set to kick back into imminent action, and giants Real Madrid and Barcelona will be looking to get revenge on Atletico Madrid following its underdog triumph last season.

The men expected to propel them to glory will inevitably be the strikers. But which one will rise up to be cream of the crop in 2014-15?

LA LIGA | 2013-14 TOP SCORERS
NAME CLUB
GOALS
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 31
Lionel Messi Barcelona 28
Diego Costa* Atletico Madrid 27
Alexis Sanchez* Barcelona 19
Karim Benzema Real Madrid 17
  *No longer plays in La Liga  

The man to beat is obviously Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Lionel Messi and Diego Costa in his wake last year. His two goal, match-winning performance in the UEFA Super Cup has already shown his eye for scoring is as strong as ever.

Messi, meanwhile, will be looking to return to triumphant times. The Argentine suffered final-match heartache in the World Cup, Copa del Rey and La Liga in 2014 - he will be hoping for a much better 2015.

Atletico is used to losing its best striker (see: Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao) and the arrival of Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic to replace 40 million-euro departure Costa should swell, not dent, confidence.

Back at the Santiago Bernabeu, Karim Benzema has always been in Ronaldo's shadow but the Frenchman will hope to finally outshine the Ballon d'Or holder in 2014-15.


Gareth Bale
enjoyed an excellent debut season at Real Madrid, scoring 15 times in La Liga, while Neymar's opening 12 months were more problematic at Barca thanks to matters out of his hands. Both will be hoping to sink their teeth into bigger rewards.

Speaking of sinking in teeth, all eyes will be on €88m man Luis Suarez. He's suspended until late October for Barca, but he topped the Premier League tally last campaign despite missing the first five matches.

Elsewhere, watch out for Real Sociedad star Carlos Vela, who finished just outside the top five scorers in 2013-14 with 16 goals. He scored the same amount as La Liga teammate Antoine Griezmann - will the latter better that tally now he has joined champion Atletico?

A surprise candidate this year for breaking into the top five could be Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro, who struck 15 goals in his debut season.

La Liga might be stronger than ever but, with no Spain forward likely to shine, is the national team suffering?

Share your thoughts in the comment section and vote for who you think will score more than anybody else in the poll below!

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