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SPANISH LEAGUE 2018-19: 5 teams to contend for the top spots

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) From Lionel Messi's Barcelona to Atletico Madrid hoping to surpass Real Madrid orphaned by Cristiano Ronaldo, here is a look at the top contenders for the 2018-19 Spanish league:

Defending champion Barcelona has dominated the domestic competition for nine of the last 14 seasons.

Add in the huge loss suffered by Madrid following Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus in Italy, and the Catalan club has all the numbers to retain the title.