The 10 greatest Spanish players ever (as ranked by FourFourTwo)
10. Xabi Alonso
9. Gerard Pique
8. Carles Puyol
6. Sergio Busquets
5. Sergio Ramos
4. David Villa
3. Iker Casillas
2. Andres Iniesta
Spain had been the near-men of international football for so long, but in the late 2000s, they had a golden age of talent that enabled La Roja win three consecutive major international titles.
Prior to their 1-0 triumph against Germany in the Euro 2008 final, the country had not won any trophy in 44 years. However, after the Spanish team had a taste for success, they soon followed it up with victory at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
It’s no wonder, however, that FourFourTwo’s new list of the ten greatest players to ever represent Spain is stacked with players from the country’s most successful era.
Vicente del Bosque, Spain’s 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship winning coach, once said that Xavi was “more essential than the coach” to the national team.
Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola predicted that the midfielder will “become the brain behind Barcelona for many years to come.”
Ironically, Pep was correct, since Xavi is now in command at the Camp Nou, with a slew of Spanish teenagers such as Pedri, Gavi, and Ansu Fati.
Xavi, a key figure in Spain’s golden years, deserves to be at the top of the list and appears destined to have a large impact on the national team’s future.
It’s also not impossible to imagine Xavi taking leadership of La Roja in the future.
Iniesta, a magnificent playmaker from Barcelona, was only beaten to first place by his old teammate.
After the 2018 World Cup, the Euro 2012 Player of the Tournament laid up his international boots, and he also parted ways with Barca.
The 38-year-old has defied the lure of retirement, and is currently playing for Vissel Kobe in Japan.
While nine of the ten players that made the final cut had a role in Spain’s supremacy, Raul, the Real Madrid superstar, was left out entirely after being sacked by then-coach Luis Aragones in the months running up to Euro 2008.
Raul can consider himself unlucky not to have won any international awards while being regarded as Spain’s top player for many years.