Spanish football will see the new La Liga season begin this weekend with the big three teams expected to dominate once again.
Holders Barcelona have spent big in the summer to bolster their squad. Andre Gomes was a big money signing from Valencia, arriving at the Nou Camp for £47m along with the return of fellow midfield Denis Suarez from Villarreal.
French defensive duo Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne joined from Lyon for a combined cost of over £35m and will hope to put pressure on the current Barcelona backline.
'MSN' the key for Barcelona
Despite a summer investment of more than £100m, Barcelona's chances will again depend on the form of Messi, Neymar and Suarez, the most prolific frontline in world football.
Real Madrid have also improved their frontline after re-signing Álvaro Morata from Juventus. Morata left the Bernabeu in 2014 but after a successful two years in Italy, Madrid have decided to activate his buyback clause.
Morata to put pressure on front three for starting spot
Morata returns to his boyhood club to put pressure on their front three, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema but remains their only summer signing to date.
For Atletico Madrid, the key was keeping hold of star forward Antoine Griezmann and more importantly manager Diego Simeone. With a managerial merry-go-round that saw some of the biggest clubs in world football searching for a new manager, Simeone would've near the top of most clubs wanted list.
Although retaining their key men was vital to Atletico's chances, splashing out in excess of £60m on Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla, £27m), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica, £21.5m) and Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo, £14m) was certainly a signal of intent.
With the big money additions joining Ronaldo, Messi, Griezmann and co, this coming season could be thrilling.
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