If the coming LaLiga campaign can match the previous few months for drama, an epic is in store.
The 2021-22 season gets under way this weekend with Spanish football still reeling from Lionel Messi’s remarkable Barcelona departure.
The move to Paris Saint-Germain leaves one of LaLiga’s grandest clubs without its talisman, while rivals Real Madrid have also seen their captain depart for the French capital on a free transfer.
Where does that leave defending champions Atletico Madrid and the rest heading into the opening weekend? Stats Perform takes a look.