We all love Santi's Yellow Submarine (x3).

The only thing more remarkable than Santi Cazorla’s two years, eleven operations injury comeback is that he has somehow emerged an even better version of himself. Plus: 38-year-old Joaquin Sanchez  and 16-year-old Martin Odegaard overcome the two spectrums of ageism. The best stories, comments, and highlights from La Liga 2019/20 September highest-rated eleven.

4-4-2 | Manolo Reina (8.24, Mallorca vs Bilbao); Ruben Pena (8.43, Villarreal vs Valladolid), Yeray Alvarez (8.11, Mallorca vs Bilbao), German Sanchez (7.74, Celta vs Granada), Jose Angel Cote (8.27, Eibar vs Sevilla); Joaquin Sanchez (8.63, Betis vs Levante), Martin Odegaard (8.60, Sociedad vs Alaves), Frenkie de Jong (8.63, Barcelona vs Valencia), Santi Cazorla (8.52, Villarreal vs Betis); Gerard Moreno (9.20, Leganes vs Villarreal), Karim Benzema (9.09, Real Madrid vs Levante)

MANOLO REINA

@loloreina28

Player rating: 8.24
Team score: Mallorca 0–0 Bilbao
Individual highlights: 1 penalty save, 5 total saves

RUBEN PENA

@rpenha9

Player rating: 8.43
Team score: Villarreal 2–0 Valladolid
Individual highlights: 1 clearance off the line, 104 touches

YERAY ALVAREZ

@yeray_fans

Player rating: 8.11
Team score: Mallorca 0–0 Bilbao
Individual highlights: 6 interceptions, 4 aerials won

GERMAN SANCHEZ

@laliga

Player rating: 7.74
Team score: Celta 0–2 Granada
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 98% pass success

JOSE ANGEL COTE

@sdeibar

Player rating: 8.27
Team score: Eibar 3–2 Sevilla
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 3 tackles

Jose Angel Cote free kick goal, Eibar vs Sevilla, La Liga 2019/20
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JOAQUIN SANCHEZ

@misterfantasyes

Player rating: 8.63
Team score: Betis 3–1 Levante
Individual highlights: 2 assists, 7 key passes

"

What are you talking about? I just turned 28. I can dribble now better than before."

—Joaquin Sanchez on (still) striking fear in La Liga defenders at 38 years old

Joaquin Sanchez cross Loren Moron goal, Betis vs Levante, La Liga 2019/20
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Joaquin Sanchez assist Loren Moron goal, Betis vs Levante, La Liga 2019/20
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Joaquin Sanchez assist Borja Iglesias goal, Betis vs Levante, La Liga 2019/20
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MARTIN ODEGAARD

elpais.com

Player rating: 8.60
Team score: Sociedad 3–0 Alaves
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 10 key passes

"

I'm playing like more of an adult now. I'm creating more, running more, feeling stronger on the pitch.

I feel like it’s part of growing up."

—Martin Odegaard on his second La Liga coming four years after record 16-year-old debut

Martin Odegaard assist Mikel Oyarzabal goal, Sociedad vs Alaves, La Liga 2019/20
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FRENKIE DE JONG

@fcbarcelona

Player rating: 8.63
Team score: Barcelona 5–2 Valencia
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

Frenkie de Jong assist Ansu Fati goal, Barcelona vs Valencia, La Liga 2019/20
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Ansu Fati assist Frenkie de Jong goal, Barcelona vs Valencia, La Liga 2019/20
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SANTI CAZORLA

@santicazorla

Player rating: 8.52
Team score: Villarreal 5–1 Betis
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

"

There’s one thing I’ve taken away from Arsenal above all else: The fans’ affection.

I’m beyond grateful for everyone’s love and support, they mean the world. My only regret, the thorn in my flesh, is not having been able to say goodbye on the field; it feels like I owe them that much.”

—Santi Cazorla on having to leave Arsenal between his two-year injury layoff

Santi Cazorla assist Karl Toko Ekambi goal, Villarreal vs Betis, La Liga 2019/20
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Santi Cazorla penalty goal, Villarreal vs Betis, La Liga 2019/20
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GERARD MORENO

@laliga

Player rating: 9.20
Team score: Leganes 0–3 Villarreal
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 3 key passes

KARIM BENZEMA

@karimbenzema

Player rating: 9.09
Team score: Real Madrid 3–2 Levante
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 7 shots

Dani Carvajal assist Karim Benzema goal, Real Madrid vs Levante, La Liga 2019/20
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James Rodriguez assist Karim Benzema goal, Real Madrid vs Levante, La Liga 2019/20
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