Date: 12 May 2017 07:43
Goal takes a look at the three most important men for Zinedine Zidane's side in the Primera Division this campaign and picks the best of the bunch
With three matches left to play, Real Madrid are in pole position to claim their first Liga title since 2011-12.
Zinedine Zidane's side are in second place on the same points as Barcelona, but still have a game in hand and will win the Primera Division if they can pick up two wins and a draw from their remaining fixtures.
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As in any title-winning team or side close to the top of the table, many players have contributed. Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Isco, James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal have all been key to the success of Los Blancos this term, but here Goal runs through the top three performers for Zidane's men in 2016-17 in descending order...
With Karim Benzema blowing hot and cold in La Liga this season and seemingly saving his best games for Europe (as he did in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico with a vital contribution to Isco's strike on Wednesday), Alvaro Morata's goals have been vital for Real Madrid in the Primera Division.
The homegrown striker, brought back from Juventus last summer, has hit 15 goals in La Liga this season and is the side's second-highest scorer in the competition after Cristiano Ronaldo (20).
Morata netted twice in the 4-0 win at Granada last weekend and has scored important goals throughout the campaign, including a winner at Villarreal, key strikes against Celta Vigo and Sporting Gijon and a hat-trick away to Leganes. He has more goals (15) than starts (13) in the league this term and has also provided four assists for his team-mates.
Toni Kroos is a player whose work often goes unnoticed, but the Germany international has been Real Madrid's most consistent midfielder in 2016-17 and is enjoying his best season at the Santiago Bernabeu since signing from Bayern Munich in 2014.
The 27-year-old scored the winner against Celta Vigo with a superb strike early in the season and although that is his only goal in La Liga this term, he has provided 11 assists for his team-mates, setting up Sergio Ramos for the equaliser in the Clasico at Camp Nou and also the defender's winner in the 3-2 win at home to Deportivo La Coruna before Christmas, among others.
Meanwhile, his tidy passing game is the best of any midfielder in La Liga, with an average of 92.1% completed passes throughout the Primera Division season.
Many of Cristiano Ronaldo's best performances this season have come in the Champions League and the Club World Cup, including hat-tricks against Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Kashima Antlers.
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However, the Portuguese forward has been important again for Real Madrid in La Liga and leads the scoring chars for Los Blancos with 20 goals despite starting the season with injury and being rested on several occasions in recent weeks.
Highlights include a hat-trick against Atletico in the 3-0 win at the Vicente Calderon in November, another treble at Alaves and key strikes versus Valencia, Villarreal, Sevilla and Celta Vigo. He has also racked up six assists along the way.