The All Time Starting XI of La Liga
La Liga or Spanish Football League is one of the most popular sport leagues in the world and one of the top football leagues globally. Founded in 1929 is currently contested by 20 teams under a promotion-relegation system. The most popular teams of the league are Real Madrid and Barcelona.
In their 86 years of history, countless football legends have left their mark in the league and in this list we’ll chose our All Time Starting XI of la Liga, which is a list that only will include retired players who spent most of their career in la Liga.
The All Time Starting XI of La Liga
11. Goalkeeper: Antoni Ramallets
Probably the least known neam in our All Time Starting XI of La Liga, but how to keep out of the team the first goalkeeper to win 5 Trofeos Zamora, awarded to the best goalie of each season in la Liga. Nicknamed “El Gato de Maracaná” (Maracana’s Cat) after his impressive skills shown in the 1950 World Cup. Ramallets’ debut occurred in 1941 with now defunct C.E. Europa and retired in 1962 with Barcelona, the team he had his best years with. Ramallets won the Zamora Trophy in its first two editions averaging less than 1 goal allowed per game and previously he had been selected the best goalie in the league three times. He was the goalie of the first legendary Barcelona Team (1951-53). He won 6 championships with Barcelona, one of their most winningest players of all time.
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10. Defender: Carles Puyol
Retired not long ago, he was a longtime captain of his only team, Barcelona F. C. He was a central defender but could also play either flank, especially right and he made our All Time Starting XI of La Liga. He played over 600 official matches with them and won 21 major tournaments, including Six La Liga Championships and Three Champions League. With his National Team, Spain, he was part of the team that won the Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, where he scored the only goal of the semifinal match against Germany. In La Liga he played 392 games and scored 13 goals.
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9. Defender: Ronald Koeman
Although he played most part of his career in Netherlands, the best moment of its was his stint with the Barcelona’s Dream Team from 1989 to 1995, which is enough to put him in our All Time Starting XI of La Liga as one the teams defenders. He was one of the best attacking central defenders of all time and was renowned for his long range passing, his shooting accuracy and power from distance, especially on free kicks. In La Liga he played 192 games, scored 67 goals and still holds the records for most consecutive successful penalties conversions with 25. With his Barcelona team he won four league’s Championships in a row. His 193 goals overall on his career are the most for any defender in the history of football.
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8. Defender: Fernando Hierro
One of Real Madrid and Spain All Time Greats, he made our All Time Starting XI of La Liga as defender as he could play central defender, sweeper and defensive midfielder. He had the ability to combine solid defense with an almost unlimited passing range and had a surprising goalscoring talent, rare in defenders, which made him one of the world’s best players at his time. With the “Galacticos”, he won five La Liga and three Champions League trophies over a 15 years span. His debut occurred in 1987 with Real Valladolid and in 1989 he was bought by Real Madrid. In his first four years with the team he scored 51 goals, including a career high of 21 in 91-92 season. Overall he scored 105 goals in La Liga, 102 with Real.
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