If you’re looking for a list of famous Spanish soccer players then you’ve come to the right place. Here I’ll run through the names and some factual info from some of the greatest Spanish footballers to grace the beautiful game. At the end, feel free to let me know your favourite player on the list!
Casillas is the winner of a European Super Cup, Inter Continental Cup, the 2010 World Cup, 2 Champions Leagues, 3 Spanish Super Cups, 4 La Liga titles and the European Championship of 2008. He has been the Real Madrid first choice goalie since 1999 and was named the best goalkeeper in Europe by UEFA in 2008 and 2009. He was also FIFA keeper of the year in 2009 and the IFFHS goalkeeper of the year in 2008 and 2009.
He played 46 times for Spain in a 16 year international career from 1920 till 1936. At club level he played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as Espanyol and Nice. He was ranked in the IFFHS 5th in goalkeeper of the century.
Reina, somewhat overshadowed by the place of Iker Casillas in the Spanish national team, has thrived at club level in England. He was awarded the Barclays Golden Glove in 2006, 2007 and 2008, whilst earning the status of Liverpool player of the year in 2010. He has now made over 300 appearances for the club.
Puyol made the FIFA team of the year in 2008 and 2010, as well as the FIFPro World XI in 2007 and 2008. He was ranked the best centre-back in the 2006 Champions League and the 2006 Spanish player of the year. He won Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup and a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics. He has won 4 Spanish league titles, 4 Spanish SuperCups, 1 Inter-Continental Cup and 2 Champions Leagues.
He won 5 European Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Spanish Cup, and 5 Spanish League titles. He played 158 games for Real Madrid between 1954 and 1962, as well as playing for Racing Santander amongst other teams.
Jose Antonio Camacho
Camacho put in 81 displays for his country from 1975 untill 1988, finishing runner-up at the 1984 European Championship. He has won 2 UEFA Cups, 9 League titles, 5 Spanish cups, 1 Spanish leage cup, and 2 Spanish super cups. He made 414 appearances for Real Madrid.
Even as a defender Hierro scored 29 goals in 89 appearances for his country. At club level he won 5 La Liga titles with Real Madrid between 1989 and 2002. He played 439 times for Madrid, scoring 102 goals and winning 5 League titles, 4 Spanish Super Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 1 Spanish league cup, and 3 Champions Leagues. He made the World Cup all-star team in 2002 and was the UEFA Best Defender in 1998.
Miguel Angel Nadal
He played 208 games for Barcelona and 279 for Mallorca. He played 62 times for Spain, scoring 3 goals. He has won 3 Spanish Cups, 3 Spanish SuperCups, 5 Spanish League titles, and 1 Cup Winner’s Cup amongst other trophies. He is the uncle of the tennis superstar Rafael Nadal!
Xavi won the 2008 UEFA Euro Championship and the 2010 World Cup, and has also won 5 La Liga and 2 Champions League titles. He has won 4 Spanish Super Cups, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup. He made the FIFPro World XI in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was the player of the tournament at Euro 2008.
He has won Euro 2008, for which he made the team of the tournament, and the 2010 World Cup. He was named the best Spanish player of 2009 and made the FIFPro World XI in 2009 and 2010. He was part of the all-star team of the 2010 World Cup, the 2009 and 2010 UEFA Team of the Year, and got 2nd place for the Ballon d’Or 2010.
He scored 11 times in 42 games for Spain between 1962 and 1974. He scored 119 goals in 344 games for Real Madrid, with whom he won 9 League titles. He got 3rd place in the 1964 Ballon d’Or.
Suarez was European Footballer of the Year in 1960, and was victorious in the 1964 European Championship final- playing despite injury. As a midfielder, Suarez set up both Spain’s goals in that final. Overall he scored 14 goals in 32 games for the national side, whilst putting hundreds of displays at club level for Barcelona and Inter amongst others.
Zubizaretta made 126 appearances for the national side between 1985 and 1998. He also played 629 club games for teams including Barcelona and Valencia. He was the Spanish player of the year in 1987. He is a winner of 6 Spanish League titles and the Champions League amongs many other achievements.
Arsenal captain Fabregas, who took over the number 4 shirt from former captain Patrick Vieira, broke into the Spanish nation team in 2006 aged just 18, three years after winning the Golden Shoe and the Golden Ball at the FIFA Under 17 World Championships. He won Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup with the full national team. He made the UEFA Team of the Year in 2006 and 2008.
Alfred Di Stefano
Di Stefano scored 23 times for Spain between 1957 and 1961 over 31 games. At club level he has scored 376 goals in 520 games for teams such as Real Madrid and Espanyol. He was ranked Spain’s player of the year 4 times and made the FIFA 100, as well as winning the Ballon d’Or twice.
Morientes scored 27 times for Spain between 1998 and 2007 over 47 games. Between 1997 and 2005 he scored 72 times in 182 performances for Real Madrid, with whom he won 3 Champions Leagues, 2 Intercontinental Cups, and 3 Spanish SuperCups amongst other honours. He was the 2004 Champions League top scorer.
Butragueno scored 26 goals in 69 appearances between 1984 and 1992, including 4 goals in a 5-1 hammering of Denmark in the 1986 World Cup. He was a prolific striker for Real Madrid and was nicknamed ‘The Vulture’ for his uncanny ability to snap up chances.
Raul Gonzales Blanco topped Spain’s all time goalscorers list by netting 44 goals between 1996 and 2006, putting in 102 performances. He had won 3 Champions League titles with Real Madrid.
Torres, nicknamed ‘The Kid’, was top scorer and player of the tournament at the Under 19 European Championship in 2002. He transferred from Atletico Madrid to Liverpool in 2007 for £26 million, before moving to Chelsea for a massive £50 million. At international level he scored 3 goals at the 2006 World Cup, including a great goal in Spain’s 4-0 victory over Ukraine, before winning Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup with his country.
At club level Gento was very succesful with Real Madrid in the 1950s and 1960s. He won the European Cup 6 times and was part of Spain’s victorious team at the 1964 European Championships.
Well that’s the end of my post on famous Spanish soccer players. Now I just have two questions for you: who is your favourite Spanish footballer?; and which other players would you add to this list?