Category: "Spain"

37. David Villa

08/25/2014
David Villa

David Villa

David Villa is a peerless Spanish forward and the first Spanish player to reach 50 international goals. Top scorer for the national team with 59 goals, Villa has scored more World Cup goals than any other player in the history of the Roja (2014 figures).

David Villa played first for Real Zaragoza winning the Spanish Cup (2003-04) before playing five years with Valencia scoring 129 goals in 225 games and winning again the Spanish Cup (2007-08). With Barcelona he won La Liga twice (2010-11 and 2012-13) and the Champions League (2010-11). He then signed for Atletico Madrid where he won another Liga (2013-14) and reached the final of the 2013-14 Champions League.

Outstanding during important competitions with Spain, Villa won the European Championship in 2008 and the World Cup in 2010, finishing top scorer during the Euros and earning the Silver Boot at the 2010 World Cup.

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35. Carlos Puyol

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Carlos Puyol

Carlos Puyol

Like many others before him, Carlos Puyol was educated in the Masia. Without innate talents and less anticipation than the others (according to his educators), Carles Puyol distinguished himself by his determination and his zeal for victory enabling him to contain opposing forwards.

Puyol combines power and speed and his excellent heading game is precious to FC Barcelona and the Roja. With an excellent mind-set, he has proved his abilities during high-pressure matches confirming his status as one of the best defenders in the world.

Puyol appeared in 597 games with Barcelona (second in Barca’s all-time league appearances table behind Xavi) and won six Liga (2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11 and 2012–13), three Champions League (2005–06, 2008–09 and 2010–11), two Copa (2008–09 and 2011–12) and 2 UEFA Super Cup (2009 and 2011).

With Spain, Puyol won the European Championship in 2008 and then the World Cup in 2010 -thanks in no small part to his beautiful goal during the semi-final against Germany.

Puyol played 100 games for Spain and 6 games for the non-official Catalonia team.

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26. Alfredo Di Stefano

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Di Stefano 1958

Di Stefano 1958

Nicknamed “Saeta Rubia” (“The blond arrow”); Di Stefano was the greatest player of the Real Madrid side which won the first five editions of the European Champions league.

Di Stefano was a versatile forward who, thanks to his endurance, tactical intelligence and his ability to score goals, can be considered one of the greatest players of all time.

Di Stefano was a part of three national teams (Spain, Argentina and Columbia) but never played in a World Cup. He was twice awarded the European Ballon d’or (1957 and 1959), was eight times Spanish champion with Real Madrid and five times top scorer of the Spanish championship.

Di Stefano is one of Real Madrid’s highest scorers of all time with 216 goals in 282 league matches between 1953 and 1964.

In his career he scored 514 goals in 701 official games.

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23. Andres Iniesta

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Iniesta after Barcelona beat Santos in the final of the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.

Iniesta after Barcelona beat Santos in the final of the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.

Educated all his childhood at the Masia, Iniesta started his career as a defensive midfielder but his agility combined with a good control of the ball allowed him to evolve into an attacking midfielder.

It is his versatility, creativity and intelligence which forms the basis for his reputation.

With Barcelona, Iniesta was runner-up to Lionel Messi in the 2010 Ballon d’Or and achieved third place in 2012. To date, his trophies include three Champions Leagues (2006, 2009 and 2011), six Spanish championships (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013), two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.

His versatility is also a key element of the Spanish national team game with whom he won Euro 2008, playing every game.

Iniesta scored the winning goal in the final of the 2010 World Cup against Netherlands (Man of the match).

At the Euro 2012, which Spain also won, Iniesta was selected Best Player of the Tournament.

El Cerebro (The Brain) has been voted into the FIFA World XI five times in a row (2009 to 2013).

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16. Raul

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Raul Gonzalez 10 March 2007

Raul Gonzalez 10 March 2007

Considered the best Spanish striker of all time, Raul is best known as captain of Real Madrid for whom he played for 16 years wearing the famous number 7 shirt.

With Madrid, he won six Liga (1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07 and 2007–08). He also won three Champions Leagues (1997–98, 1999–2000 and 2001–02) scoring in two finals.

Raul is the fourth highest goal scorer in the history of La Liga with 228 goals.

Raul is famous for scoring during vital moments for his team. Of his 44 international goals, Raul scored 32 during competitive games and 6 during the finals of major tournaments.

At the peak of his career he finished second in the Ballon d’Or 2001, beaten only by Michael Owen.

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15. Iker Casillas

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Iker Casillas Euro 2012 final trophy

Iker Casillas Euro 2012 final trophy

Iker Casillas, educated at the training center of Real Madrid, is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world due to his performances for the national team and his club.

Casillas was the captain of the Spanish team that won their first European Championship for 44 years in 2008 and their first World Cup in 2010.

With his club, Casillas has won the Champions League three times (1999-00,2001-02 and 2013-14) and La Liga five times (2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2011–12).

Casillas has broken the records for the most games played by a goalkeeper for both Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.

Iker Casillas is also the first European player to lift as captain three international trophies in four years.

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8. Xavi

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Xavi playing for Barcelona in 2012

Xavi playing for Barcelona in 2012

Educated in the Masia (Barcelona’s training center), Xavier (“Xavi”) has spent his entire career at FC Barcelona where he first arrived at the age of 11.

Xavi is considered the metronome of the team due to his vision and his passes which can pierce any defence. During the Fifa World Cup 2010, he had a 91% passing success rate.

With Messi and Iniesta, Xavi forms part of the perfect trio.

Between 2008 and 2012, the Blaugrana midfielder won every possible trophy with Barcelona and Spain including seven La Liga, six Supercopa, three Champions Leagues, the World Cup (2010) and three third places at the Ballon d’Or.

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