“The number 4 now plays with Paris Saint-Germain.”
1NEWS – The Premier League is the toughest competition. As such, the competition is arguably the best in the world, or the most interesting of Europe’s top five leagues.
Outside the Premier League, recently began to wriggle leagues that are no less exciting like the Spanish La Liga. Even so, the Premier League atmosphere is undeniably still the best.
Spain through the national team nicknamed La Furia Roja had shown their euphoria in football since 2008. Their awakening made many of their players dominate the biggest stage of world football.
Spain’s golden generation bagged two consecutive Euro trophies and one World Cup in the span of four years.
Many Spanish legends have dominated the stage of football’s biggest club over the years.
And playing in the Premier League is a dream come true for many players, even though some Spanish superstars have never played in the competition.
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Here we round up five great Spanish players who have never played in the Premier League:
5. Raul Gonzalez Blanco
Known as ‘El Angel de Madrid’, Raul will always be remembered as one of the greatest Spanish strikers of all time. Raul’s career at Madrid was nothing short of legendary as he won 16 trophies in 16 seasons with the club.
Raul helped Los Blancos win three Champions League titles before moving to Schalke.
He has also scored in two Champions League finals and currently sits second on the list of all-time leading goalscorers in Spain and in Madrid’s history.
Despite his popularity, it is a shame that he has never appeared in the Premier League.
4. Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos is one of the best defenders of all time. He decided to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer from Real Madrid. Ramos was the first Spanish player to be signed by President Florentino Perez from Sevilla in 2005.
After moving from Sevilla, Ramos quickly took charge of the Los Blancos defence.
Ramos’ career in the Spanish capital was not without controversy. The former Madrid captain holds the record for the most red cards in the Spanish League. But he has also collected 22 trophies with the club, including four Champions League titles during his 16-year tenure.
Only two players in history have scored more goals in a Champions League final than Ramos. Also, no one else has captained Los Blancos to three Champions League titles except for Ramos.
There is still time for Ramos to feature in the Premier League, but it is highly unlikely given his current age.
3. Andres Iniesta
Considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time, Andres Iniesta was one of the key players of the golden generation of Spain and Barcelona.
He was also the architect behind the famous ‘tiki-taka’ style of football under Pep Guardiola. He won 35 trophies with the Catalan giants. He also scored 57 goals and 138 assists for the club before eventually moving to Vissel Kobe in Japan.
Levantar la Copa del Mundo en Sudáfrica fue indescriptible, mágico. Un sentimiento que perdura hasta hoy, imborrable. Pasarán los años y siempre lo recordaremos. Ice history.
— Andres Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) October 4, 2021
2. Iker Casillas
One of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of world football, Iker Casillas is another legendary player who has never set foot in the Premier League.
Casillas joined Real Madrid’s youth academy as a teenager and made his first-team debut in 1999. The former Los Blancos captain went on to appear in 725 official games with the club over 16 years. He won 19 titles during his service.
Casillas had a bitter end to his Madrid career after falling out with former coach Jose Mourinho. He then decided to move to FC Porto in 2015.
1. Xavi Hernandez
Like compatriot Andres Iniesta, Xavi has been an important figure for Spain and Barcelona in the last decade. Xavi scored 85 goals and assisted 185 times in 767 appearances for Barcelona. However, the game is not something that can be judged in terms of numbers.
Xavi has never moved to any other club in Europe, including the Premier League. After a scintillating campaign at Camp Nou, Xavi moved to Qatari club Al Sadd in 2015. He is the current coach there.
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