Spain showed the world to be a solid national team and to have their own and unique playing style since they conquered the South Africa World Cup back in 2010 and then the two EUROS. A team full of legends.

The chosen ones to represent Spain in Qatar this year are all very interesting profiles and players such as Gavi, Pedri, Ferrán or Dani Olmo really stand out.

We all talk about these new diamonds, but we should also remember those legends that have made Spain to feel proud in the history of football.

Ricardo Zamora ‘The Divine’:

The first keeper ever to defend the goal of Spain. He made his debut in 1916 and gives his name to the ‘Trofeo Zamora’, the award for the keeper from LaLiga that concedes the less goals in a season.

He played for FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Zamora lifted 4 Spanish Cups between both clubs.

Raúl González Blanco:

He was not only one of the stars and symbols for Real Madrid, but so he was for an entire nation as well. He was born in 1977 and made his debut for ‘The Whites’ in 1994.

Raúl was the top scorer both for Real Madrid and at the Champions League. However, the rise of Cristiano Ronaldo snatch these records away from him.

Telmo Zarra:

Telmo Zarraonandia, that was his name, one of the top scorers in the history of LaLiga. He was the leader at this until the rise of Messi.

Telmo Zarra was known for being a leader on the field and for putting up with the tough tackles during the games.

Paco Gento:

Gento was part of the generation that won the first title ever for the Spanish National Team, the 1964 EURO.

Apart from being one of the best players of all times for Real Madrid, he is also a star of Spanish football. He lifted 23 titles, with 12 leagues and 6 European Championships.

Sergio Ramos:

Known worldwide, Ramos is the ex-captain for Real Madrid and one of the biggest talents of our country. He was born on March 30th 1986 and was a key part of the golden generation in the Spanish National Team.

Sergio Ramos is the player with the most games in the history of the Spanish National Team. He is considered as one of the best central defenders in the world.

David Villa:

We can’t forget about the striker, who currently holds the record of the top scorer historically for the national team with 59 goals in 97 games.

Villa stood out on his time at Valencia CF, until FC Barcelona bet on him, with who he lifted 8 titles. Later, he signed for Atlético de Madrid and won LaLiga in the 2013/2014 campaign.

Iker Casillas:

Considered as one of the best keepers in history, and a real legend in football. Casillas was one of the most important players both for Real Madrid and the Spanish National Team.

His shelving is packed and we can stand out trophies such as a World Cup, two EUROS, three Champions Leagues, five leagues, two Spanish Cups, four Spanish Super Cups, one Clubs World Cup and two European Super Cups.

Andrés Iniesta:

The midfielder was not just one of the captains for FC Barcelona, but also for the Spanish National Team.

He made his debut n the 2002/2003 season and he earned his spot in the starting XI very soon. He played for Barça until the 2017/2018 season. One of the stars of the team and one of the best players in their entire history.

Apart from scoring the most important goal in the history of Spain, he played 131 games with the national team, won 96, lost 15 and drew 20.

In addition, if the people love Iniesta is not just for his professional trajectory, but also because he gave us our first and only star.

Xavi Hernández:

He is considered by many as the best Spanish player in history. He is unique in his style.

Xavi stood out for his outstanding passing capacity and for having a brilliant brain for creating plays. He made his debut with the first team in the 1998/1999 season at the age of 18.

His time under coach Pep Guardiola marked an era in football. Xavi improved the game of the entire team with Guardiola in charge.

Xavi played 133 games with Spain, scored 12 goals, won 100, drew 22 and lost 11.

Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.

Main image: Edit José Manuel Calviño.

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