10 Best Spanish Soccer Players

For a country that has produced so many great talents over the last century, pinning down the 10 best Spanish soccer players is a tough thing to do. The national team has not always enjoyed the success it craves and the team often proved to be less than the sum of its parts but there can be no mistaking the talents of the 10 best Spanish soccer players.

  1. Andoni Zubizarreta. Zubizarreta began his career at Bilbao but is best remembered for being a shot stopper at Barcelona. He played more games for Spain than any other player and was even chosen to play for the "Rest of the World" team in the English leagues 1987 centenary match. 
  2. Xabi Alonso. He became one of the best midfielders in Europe whilst playing for Liverpool but his return to Spain really signaled the start of good things for Xabi and a year after returning home he won the World Cup with Spain in 2010. He is one of the best players in the Spanish Primera league and is  just entering his prime.
  3. Emilio Butragueno. He helped Madrid dominate Spanish soccer during the 1980's and is widely regarded as one of the all time 10 best Spanish soccer players. Butragueno's best moment came in the 1986 World Cup when he single-handedly demolished a highly rated team from Denmark.
  4. Raul. He played over 100 times for Spain although he just missed out on the golden era of Spanish international dominance. Raul proved himself to be one of the best Spanish soccer players by lasting at Madrid for 15 years.
  5. Alfredo Di Stefano. Arguably the best Spanish soccer player of all time and he was born in Argentina. No one in Spain cared about his birth place when he terrorized Europe's best defenses both for club and country.
  6. Luis Suarez. Later in life Suarez became the manager of Spain and coached them in a World Cup but his best days were as a player. He was a key man in the Spanish side that dominated during the 1960's and 50 years later is still regarded as one of the best soccer players produced by Spain.  
  7. .Fernando Hierro. A tough tackling no nonsense defender who lead Madrid to success in Spain and in European competition, Hierro was the kind of player fans either loved or hated. He kept playing until he was well into his thirties and became very popular at Bolton Wanderers where he ended his top flight career.
  8. David Villa. The Spanish Gary Lineker was the top marksman for Valencia for years before finally making the move to Barcelona in 2010. He was the star man for Spain at Euro 2008 and at the World Cup 2010, both of which they won. 
  9. Fernando Torres. A blonde haired goal machine who left the Spanish league to take up residence on Merseyside. He was the best striker Liverpool had seen since the days of Ian Rush and he helped Spain to a memorable Euro 2008 win in Switzerland and Austria.
  10. Andres Iniesta. Mr cool scores the important goals that weaker characters miss and he is probably the most gifted midfielder in the game today. He was the mastermind behind Spain's 2010 World Cup success and continues to dominate in Champions League games and domestically for his club.
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