Roberto Soldado: Valencia to Tottenham
La Liga is troubled. A major criticism levelled at the division is that competition is sparse, with the chances of silverware restricted to the top few teams. If the ongoing transfer window is anything to go by, things are only going to get worse, as a number of top stars are ditching the Spanish football and moving beyond the Pyrenees to other European teams. What's more, it's a problem that's mainly been limited to the clubs outside of the Real-Barcelona duopoly, which means the rest of the pack will once again be short of the quality needed to chase down the league's two biggest clubs.
We round up the high-profile names who'll be missing from La Liga this season.
One of them is Roberto Soldado, (pictured) who's left Valencia in favour of English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. The 28-year-old, who scored 82 times in three seasons with Los Che, departed for a fee of around €30 million.