La Liga’s best player in September was neither Messi nor Ronaldo

Valencia CF forward Simone Zaza has been named the La Liga Santander Player of the Month for September. The Italian hitman’s key contributions last month for Los Che have seen him receive the award for the first time in his career.

Zaza struck four times towards the end of September, helping Valencia keep within touching distance of the top of the table. He was his side’s star man in their 5-0 thrashing of Malaga CF, scoring a wonderful hat-trick, and also found the net in the following game, a 3-2 away win over Real Sociedad. Aside from his goalscoring exploits, Zaza always offers plenty off the ball, helping to create space for his teammates.

This season, La Liga has added a new dimension to the awarding of the Player of the Month accolade, bringing fans closer to the action of the best league in the world. This will see Simone Zaza collect the award in front of the Mestalla crowd, before Valencia’s match against Sevilla FC.