Real Madrid 2 – 1 Viktoria Plzen | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid 2 - 1 Viktoria Plzen | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid put in a dubious performance as they edged over Czech side Viktoria Plzen with an unconvincing 2 – 1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.


From the start, there was a visible hunger from the Los Blancos to respond and put their recent crisis to bed. This was evident in the first five minutes when skipper Sergio Ramos‘s header, from a Toni Kroos corner, rattled the bar.

Madrid sustained an early scare when Roman Hubnik‘s precarious pass drifted past makeshift right-back Lucas Vazquez, and Milan Petrzela fired two efforts on goal. His first strike blocked by Keylor Navas while his second grazed the side netting.


However, within a matter of seconds, Vazquez managed to find Benzema at the far post, who then found the back of the net through a precise header in the 11th minute of the game. With this goal, the French striker, who has been many a centre of controversy, becomes the outright fourth top scorer in Champions League history with 57 goals overtaking Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Benzema also became only the third player to score in 14 consecutive Champions League campaigns, following Raúl and Lionel Messi.

The goal appeared to set the tone, yet Plzen were still persistent going forward. Limbersky, who was the first player to go on the book, shot just wide of the post from close range. Just a couple of minutes later, Kroos found Bale who fired a strike into the bottom corner and the fans went wild, but the party was cut short when the linesman raised the flag up for the goal to be disallowed.

Julen Lopetegui replaced Isco with 20-year-old debutant Federico Valverde after the break, who made quite an introduction for himself at the Bernabeu as he found Gareth Bale, who set up Marcelo for the second goal of the match in the 55th minute. Real seemed to have control of the match but were disallowed another goal, as Benzema tapped in what he thought was his second of the night, the linesman claiming Modric was offside.

In the 78th minute of the game, Hrosovsky slotted past Navas to bring the game back to life. However, Real held on thanks to some sturdy defending from Nacho.

The result sees Madrid retain top spot in Group G with six points in the bag, alongside AS Roma. Be that as it may, the performance failed to relieve any pressure on the under-fire manager Julen Lopetegui.

Real Madrid now head to the most awaited fixture in the world of football on Sunday, 28th October, a customary El Clasico meeting with Barcelona.

Real Madrid 1 – 2 Levante | La Liga Highlights 2018/19

Real Madrid 1 - 2 Levante | La Liga Highlights 2018/19

Real Madrid finally ended their record goalscoring drought in a 2 – 1 home defeat against Levante.


Real Madrid worsened the strain on new head coach Julen Lopetegui fell to their fourth defeat in five games with a shock 2-1 defeat to Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos broke an undesired club record, set back in 1985, of 464 minutes without scoring through Marcelo‘s late strike.

Julen Lopetegui’s future was already being discussed following shocking losses to CSKA Moscow and Alaves just before the international break.

Jose Luis Morales scored the opener just seven minutes into the game after a defensive error from Raphael Varane which let the striker round off Thibaut Courtois and fire into the empty net.

The World Cup Winner was again guilty as Levante doubled their lead after a careless handball by the Real defender was initially given as a free-kick on the edge of the box but referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez changed his decision to a penalty after a consultation with the Video Assistant Referee. Roger Marti made it 2-0 from the spot soon after in the 13th minute.

Madrid thought they had made a speedy return when skipper Sergio Ramos headed a ball off the crossbar and Marco Asensio jumped at the opportunity. But VAR once again proved to be a catalyst of their downfall as it showed the Spanish attacker to be offside as Ramos headed the ball.

Real persisted to create a number of chances, with the new number 7 Mariano Diaz striking a header against the bar and Lucas Vazquez denied by an excellent save from the Levante stopper Oier Olazabal.

Levante seemed to have added a third before the break but Ruben Rochina‘s tap-in was discarded as Tono found himself offside before putting in a cross.

Gareth Bale came in for Alvaro Odriozola at the start of the second half as Real looked determined to find their way back. Luka Modric came close to firing one in but the Levante stopper came to the rescue once again pushing away the Croatian’s strike from inside the box.

Karim Benzema and Dani Ceballos came on to replace Spanish duo Isco and Asensio. The French striker was made a profound impact soon after coming on as Real Madrid finally ended the goal drought at 481 minutes, through Marcelo who smashed the ball into the roof of the net the after a cutback from Benzema in the 72nd minute.

Karim Benzema appeared to be a game changer as he spearheaded numerous attacks, almost scoring the equalizer but saw his shot from the outside the box hit the woodwork. Mariano then tucked home but saw the offside flag correctly raised, as Real’s hopeless attempts proved in vain as the home fans jeered at full-time.

Real host FC Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League before traveling to Camp Nou for the world famous El Clasico tie on 28th October.

Real Madrid vs Roma – Combined XI | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid vs Roma - Combined XI | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid start their defense of the UEFA Champions League title for the third consecutive time on Thursday, with last year’s semi-finalists AS Roma visiting the Bernabeu for a Group G clash of the proverbial titans.

Match Preview

Here, we pick the Combined XI from the stars of Real Madrid & AS Roma for their upcoming UEFA Champions League fixture.

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper – Thibaut Courtois (Real) 

Real Madrid’s Goalkeeper scenario is presumably stronger than any other side in Europe. With two world-class keepers in Keylor Navas, the UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the year, and Thibaut Courtois, FIFA World Cup  2018 Golden Glove winner. Both of them are considered leagues above the new Roma stopper Robin Olsen.

Right Back – Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) 

Despite Roma performing below average in the start of this season, their wing-back Alessandro Florenzi has been excellent, registering a goal and an assist in just 3 matches this season. He gets the nod ahead of experienced Spanish fullback Dani Carvajal.

Centre Back – Kostas Manolas (Roma) 

Greek veteran Kostas Manolas is considered as one of the best defenders in Europe since the last 5 years. The 27-year-old gets picked ahead of Raphael Varane simply due to his transcendent experience.

Centre Back – Sergio Ramos (Real)

The skipper has taken over penalty duties since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. The 32-year-old defender still retains his position as one of the best in Europe. 

Left Back – Marcelo (Real)

Often considered the best left back in modern football, Marcelo is yet to find the net for Madrid this season and based on his attacking style of play, the Brazillian must be desperate for a goal.

Right Midfield – Gareth Bale (Real)

Gareth Bale has been in blistering form recently. The Wales international has scored 3 and assisted 2 in his opening four La Liga appearances this term.

Centre Midfield – Toni Kroos (Real)

Toni Kroos forms 1/2 of the best midfield in the World beside his Real Madrid partner Luka Modric.  

Centre Midfield – Luka Modric (Real)

The other half of the best midfield duo in the World and the UEFA Midfielder & Player of the Year and FIFA World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner, Luka Modric is key to Real Madrid’s success.

Left Midfield – Marco Asensio (Real)

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The talented Spaniard is yet to open his account for Madrid this season. Marco Asensio will hope he can score when it matters, in the biggest competition in Europe.

Striker – Edin Dzeko (Roma)

Edin Dzeko remains one of the star names in the Roma team sheet. An effective striker when provided adequate service, Dzeko will be key to finding the net against the Spanish giants. 

Striker – Karim Benzema (Real)

Karim Benzema seems to have found his feet early this season. The French striker has scored 4 goals in his 4 games in the La Liga this season.

La Liga – Team of the Week | Gameweek 2

La Liga Team of the Week | Gameweek 2

The second week of the La Liga comes to an end, a few results surprising and a few predictable. Here we pick the best eleven performers of the week from the Spanish division.

Formation 4-4-2

Goalkeeper – Pau Lopez (Real Betis)

The 23-year-old Spaniard was absolutely exceptional against Deportivo Alaves. Pau Lopez made 4 saves to earn his team a clean sheet.

Right-Back – Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)

Sergi Roberto put in a brilliant performance for Barcelona in their 1-0 win against Real Valladolid as he provided a crucial assist for the only goal of the game.

Centre-back – Stefan Savic (Atletico Madrid)

Stefan Savic, who started ahead of Jose Gimenez, put in a solid performance against Rayo Vallecano. The Montenegro international also provided the only assist of the game which Atletico won 1-0.

Centre-back – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Sergio Ramos scored the goal which initiated the comeback for Real. The skipper was as vocal as ever as he lead his team to a 4-1 victory over Girona.

Left-back – Yuri Berchiche (Athletic Club)

The former PSG left-back scored his first La Liga goal of the season in his second match to help his side get a point in their 2-2 draw with SD Huesca.

Centre Midfield – Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)

The 23-year-old central midfielder put in a genuinely industrious performance in Atletico‘s 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.

Centre Midfield – Esteban Granero (Espanyol)

Esteban Granero was key to Espanyol‘s shocking 2-0 victory over Valencia in the La Liga. The 31-year-old Spaniard scored a freekick and got his first goal of the season with the help of VAR.

Right Midfield – Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

The man who has taken charge of Los Blancos in the post-Ronaldo era is none other than Gareth Bale. The Welshman found the net for the second time this season as Real battered Girona 4-1.

Left Midfield – Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo)

Pione Sisto put in one of the best performances in the La Liga this week as he registered an assist and a goal as his side beat Levante 2-1.

Striker – Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo)

Much like his teammate, Pione Sisto, Maxi Gomez also registered a goal and an assist in Celta Vigo‘s 2-1 victory over Levante.

Striker – Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

The French striker scored a brace against Girona an inspired his team to get their second win of the season. Karim Benzema looks hungry as ever and will hope to add plenty more to his tally in the coming games.

FIFA World Cup 2018, Pre Match Analysis: Portugal vs Spain

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Portugal vs Spain
Kick-off Time: 11:30 pm (IST)

After the shocking departure of Julen Lopetegui, The Spanish National Team seem to be in a state of awe. La Roja get their World Cup campaign underway on Friday when they take on Portugal, who will look to take advantage of the shambolic state of the Spanish National team. 

Preview

Lopetegui was sacked by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Wednesday, just a day before the start of the World Cup when it was announced that he is set to take over as the head coach of Real MadridFernando Hierro is set to take the Manager role for Spain and it will be interesting to see how the players respond.

Portugal will be eager to take advantage of the apparent upheaval that is afflicting their rivals and a win in the first game would set them well on their way towards reaching the knock-out stage, with games against Morocco and Iran to come. Portugal, who come into the tournament as champions of EURO 16 will face Spain and provide us with a scintillating display of football.

Team News

Portugal: Fernando Santos has brought a very experienced squad to this World Cup. Players like Joao Moutinho, PepeManuel FernandesBruno Alves and Jose Fonte bring experience and grit which compliments younger players and their ability to thrive on their experience. Portugal should have a fully-fit squad available for their first match as they have picked up no fresh injuries from their tournament warm-up games and training sessions.

Spain: The departure of Lopetegui has the potential to weaken the prolific Spanish side but the quality of their squad should be able to handle the pressure. Alvaro Odriozola is likely to start at the right-back position ahead of the injured Dani Carvajal

Key players

Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest footballers in the history. The is the all-time leading scorer for both Portugal and Real Madrid will be key to how far Portugal will go in their upcoming World Cup campaign.

Spain: The captain of La Roja, Sergio Ramos was a key player in the teams that won two European Championships and one World Cup. Even though he is criticized for a rather rough style of play, the 32-year old defender is undoubtedly an impact player and will be crucial to Spain’s World Cup Campaign.

Form – Last 5

Portugal: W D |L | L

Spain:  D | D | 

Betting Odds – Sky Bet

Portugal 3/1

Draw 11/5

Spain 11/10

Score Prediction

Spain 3 – 1 Portugal: Even without the manager that formed the team and generated a prolific form like never before, Spain still look like the victors between the European Giants. One major factor which tilts the match to Spain’s favor is their recent form. They have not lost a single match since their 2-0 defeat against Italy in the round of 16 of the European Championships, nearly two years ago. The only team in the field that has gone longer without a defeat is Brazil.

Where to watch?

TV Channels (India) – Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 3 and Sony ESPN – 15th June, 11:30 P.M IST

In addition, you can live stream all the Matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup from 14th June to 15th July only on the Official SonyLIV App and the SonyLIV Website.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Real Madrid players going to Russia

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With the World Cup just around the corner, the fans are brimming with immense joy and excitement. Some people just need another reason to search something about the World Cup. We tend to connect the things that we love; one way is to look for players who represent our clubs in the World Cup and add another few countries to the list of teams to support in the upcoming World Cup. This article will look at one club Real Madrid CF and the 15 players who are off to Russia.

Here are the players from Real Madrid CF who will be playing in the FIFA World Cup 2018

BRAZIL: Marcelo & Casemiro 

For the first time since 1950, Brazil, Switzerland, and Serbia were all drawn in the same first-round group. Brazil pitches their enterprising, attack-minded brand of football and its complemented by Marcelo who provides width and an incredible attacking threat from left-back. The 30-year old has earned 52 caps for his country.

One of the best defensive midfielders in modern football, Casemiro has made quite a name for himself in the last couple of seasons for Los Blancos; the anchorman of Madrid’s immaculately balanced midfield trio. He has earned 23 caps for Brazil.

COSTA RICA: Keylor Navas 

Keylor Navas was in the Champions League’s winning side helping Real Madrid to their third Champions League trophy in a row. He will be one of the most important players for Costa Rica, who are in the group E along with Brazil, Switzerland, and Serbia. The Real Madrid stopper has earned 76 caps for his country.

CROATIA: Luka Modric & Mateo Kovacic 

The midfield maestro in Real Madrid’s world-class midfield and the hope of Croatia in the upcoming World Cup. The complete midfield player, with the technical and athletic ability to play in any midfield role, Modric holds 105 caps for his country. 

Kovacic is one of the most wanted players in this transfer window. The 24-year old has earned 40 caps for Croatia. He and Modric will give their best for Croatia as they will play against Argentina, Nigeria & Iceland in Group D.

FRANCE: Raphael Varane 

Varane has proven himself as one of the best defenders in the world today. The 25-year old is Ramos’ central defensive partner in Real Madrid and is outstanding in his own right. He has earned 41 caps for his nation and is expected to start every game in the World Cup.

GERMANY: Toni Kroos 

Die Mannschaft will be looking to defend their title as the World Cup champions of 2014.  Joachim Low’s reigning champions will face Mexico, South Korea, and Sweden in Group F. The four-time world champions and current FIFA Confederations Cup holders, Germany is widely expected to top this group. Composure on the ball and metronomic passing can be used best to describe Toni Kroos. He remains a key player for the Germans with a total tally of 82 caps.

MOROCCO: Achraf Hakimi 

Morocco is the dark horses in their group which has Iran, Portugal, and Spain. Hakimi was named in the final 23 man squad for Morocco’s World Cup campaign. The 19-year old plays as a right-back for both his club and country and has already earned 9 caps.

PORTUGAL: Cristiano Ronaldo 

As UEFA EURO 2016 winners, Portugal secured their berth to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, where Fernando Santos’s side defeated Mexico in the play-off for the third place hence Russia presents familiar territory for PortugalEven with the EURO 2016 trophy in their hands, the Portugal team is suffering from a severe lack of quality, compared to other European heavyweights. Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest footballers in the history. Being named The Best FIFA Men’s Player for the last two years running, he is the all-time leading scorer for both Portugal and Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo holds 149 caps and 81 goals for Portugal.

SPAIN: Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Nacho,  Marco Asensio, Isco & Lucas Vasquez 

The Spanish National team has the strength to rival any other team in the World Cup and will aim to lift the cup and erase their previous World Cup embarrassment. Julen Lopetegui’s side has been on fire in the qualification stages. The captain of La Roja, Ramos was a key player in the teams that won two European Championships and one World Cup. This Real Madrid player is all set to show his skill sets that made him win 4 UEFA Champions League title. Even though he is criticized for a rather rough style of play, the 32-year old defender is undoubtedly an impact player. Nearing Iker Casillas’ all-time record of 167 capsRamos is Spain’s second-most capped player.

Dani Carvajal is one of the best right-backs in the world today. The 26-year old has earned 15 caps and is recovering from an injury he faced in the Champions League final. Carvajal will be a guaranteed starter for the Spanish Team.

The omnipresent figure in the Madrid defence, he could play any position in the Real Madrid backline, Nacho is one of the most underrated defenders in the world. He will be looking to increase his tally of 16 caps for his country in the upcoming World Cup.

Marco Asensio has earned 11 caps for the national side and will be aiming to get his first goal for Spain. The bombastic attacking midfielder will be playing in his first World Cup.

The Spanish team is filled with midfielders of the highest quality, one of them is the Real Madrid man Isco. After gradually earning his spot in the elite batch of midfielders, the 26-year old attacking midfielder has been in red-hot form for La Roja in their qualifiers. His stunning ability to dribble, create space and make through balls is a rare combination to have on a player and undoubtedly a welcome one. This World Cup will be the first one for Isco and it might as be his best. He has earned 26 caps for Spain.

Lucas Vasquez is the final man who joins his teammates in the Spanish National Team. The 26-year had a very prolific season with Madrid, hence he was called up to Spain’s uber-talented squad. He has earned just 6 caps for his country but will be looking to add to his tally in the upcoming World Cup. 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Spain, who’s on that plane to Russia?

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The Spanish National team has the strength to rival any other team in the World Cup and will aim to lift the cup and erase their previous World Cup embarrassment. Julen Lopetegui’s side has been on fire in the qualification stages, the squad that will go to the World Cup features pretty big names but some of the players who didn’t make the squad might have made it in any other team.

 

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)

Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Nacho Fernández (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Álvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad)

Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Saul Ňiguez (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid), Francisco “Isco” Alarcón (Real Madrid)

Forwards: Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Rodrigo (Valencia), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)


SURPRISES

Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, Chelsea players Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso have all been left out of Spain’s World Cup squad while Sociedad’s Álvaro Odriozola, Valencia’s Rodrigo, Atletico’s Saul Ňiguez and Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal made the cut.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

The Spanish National Team have always had a treasury of talents available to them. Looking at the squad, Premier League Golden Glove recipient David De Gea, a partnership between Sergio Ramos and Gerard Piqué will be crucial and Spain’s everlasting midfield maestro Andrés Iniesta will hold the key as well.

STRENGTHS

The sheer quality of the midfield in the Spanish National Team has always been hailed, this year won’t be any different. The depth of the squad is commendable as well.

WEAKNESSES

The lack of a world-class striker will haunt Spain and even the backup strikers have a rather low profile.

 

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FIFA World Cup 2018: European XI on the plane to Russia

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Europe is often considered to be the industry of football. Players from all around the world dream of playing in the continent; with the big players, bigger clubs and the biggest leagues in the world.

Here, we take a look at the best XI from the European players who are going to the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018.

Goalkeeper – David De Gea (Spain)

De Gea has proven himself as the best goalkeeper in the world for the last few seasons. The 27-year-old stopper is renowned for his inhuman athletism and charismatic form in front of the goal. He has made 28 caps for Spain and takes the spot ahead of Manuel Neuer (out with injury).

Left-back – Jordi Alba (Spain)

The Spanish full-back is considered to be one of the best defenders in the world. His composed defensive style as well as ability to burst down the flanks and link up with attackers flawlessly makes Alba a complete full-back. The 29-year old holds 61 caps for the Spanish National team.

Centre-back – Sergio Ramos (Spain)

Sergio Ramos may not be the gleaming face of football but he is undoubtedly the first choice defender for most people. Barring his on-field antics and unethical style of football, the Spanish international is a force to be reckoned with. Ramos has made 151 appearances for the national team.

Centre-back – Mats Hummels (Germany)

One of the most recognized defenders in world football, Mats Hummels is regarded as the best defender and best-looking player in the Bundesliga. The German international has made 63 caps for the national team.

Right-back – Joshua Kimmich (Germany)

The youngest player in the team, Joshua Kimmich is one of the most complete full-backs in modern football. At just 23 years of age, he holds 28 caps for Germany and is expected to fill the boots of Phillip Lahm, for both club and country.

Centre Defensive Midfield – Sergio Busquets (Spain)

Sergio Busquets recently passed a century of caps for his national team. One of the most experienced and disciplined footballers in the world today, the defensive midfielder is a must have for any team.

Centre Midfield – Luka Modric (Croatia)

The midfield maestro in Real Madrid’s world-class midfield and the hope of Croatia in the upcoming FIFA World Cup. Modric holds 105 caps for his country.

Centre Midfield – Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

PFA Premier League Playmaker of the year, Kevin De Bruyne has been in sensational form in the recent seasons. He has made 61 appearances for the Belgian National team is an irreplaceable player for both club and country.

Left Forward – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

The best player in Europe and arguably the world, Cristiano Ronaldo holds 149 caps and 81 goals for Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo is the complete player,

Right Forward – Antoine Griezmann (France)

Antoine Griezmann has scored 20 goals in his 53 appearances for the French National team. The talismanic Frenchman will lead the line for France in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Centre Forward – Robert Lewandowski (Poland)

Lewandowski is one of the best strikers in the world, 52 goals in his 93 matches for Poland show it. The hitman has been Europe’s top striker for the past 5 years, if not more.

 

Read on the South America XI on the plane to Russia

La Liga Team of the Season 2017/18: Who has made the list?

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The Team of the Season for the La Liga has been announced on 11th May this year by EA Sports. This team includes the best players of the season who have managed impress consistently. The usual dominance by giants Real Madrid and Barcelona is rivaled by Atlético de Madrid this year. Here is the starting eleven of the best players in the La Liga 2017-18 season.

Goalkeeper: Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona)

Ter Stegen had an amazing season for Barcelona with 19 clean sheets out of his 37 games. Barcelona dominated the La Liga winning the title with a 14 point difference. Their elite performance certainly helped the German International build his stellar performance, to the extent that some fans believe that he should get the no.1 shirt ahead of Neuer.

Full-back: Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona)

La Liga veteran Jordi Alba has had one of his most prolific seasons yet with 2 goals and 8 assists to his name also holding the club highest of 86 interceptions. The 29-year old had another successful season with the club and was a crucial player in Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Centre-back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist in the 26 games he played this season. The Spanish International 29 tackles, 84 clearances and 46 interceptions but Real still had a disappointing season finishing 3rd in the League, 17 points behind life-long rivals Barcelona.

Centre-back: Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona)

Piqué boasted impressive stats with 124 clearances, 30 interceptions, and 22 tackles. The 31-year old was a key figure in defence with 30 appearances and was a natural leader for Barcelona’s back line.

Full-back: Lucas Hernández (Atlético de Madrid)

The 22-year old defender played 27 games for Los Rojiblancos where he managed an amazing 68 tackles, 78 clearances and 40 interceptions, helping them finish 2nd in the League above direct rivals Real Madrid. Lucas Hernández also made it to France’s 23-man World Cup squad.

Centre Midfield: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

With 5 goals and 7 assists, Toni Kroos managed a stellar performance under Zidane. The 28-year old German International also boasted 1,927 passes, 35 tackles,16 interceptions and a whopping 64 key passes.

Centre Midfield: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF)

A lesser known figure in this team is the Spanish midfielder Daniel Parejo. He had a prolific season scoring 7 goals and assisting another 7. He played 34 games for the club making 2,023 passes, 57 tackles, 34 interceptions and 70 key passes, clearly setting him a class apart from any other candidates for his spot in this team.

Centre Midfield: Saúl (Atlético de Madrid)

23-year old Saúl Niguez made 36 appearances for Atlético, showing that he was a key figure in Simeone’s side. The young midfielder was selected for Spain’s World Cup campaign this year and it’s clear why he was chosen above numerous alternative options that Spain boasts every year. With 1,393 passes, 73 clearances, 55 interceptions and 59 dribbles, Saúl has proven himself to be a capable all-rounder.

Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Many expected that Cristiano Ronaldo’s name would not be in such a team at the beginning of the season when he had a poor run of form (in his standards). The Portuguese International was criticised and called a player who was aging but in no time showed he still was the world’s best. He finished the season with 26 goals and 5 assists in just 27 matches rocketing above the rest of his competitors.

Forward: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

The God of La Liga had to be here, didn’t he? The Inhuman player had an even more inhumane season with 34 goals and 12 assists whilst he held the record for highest goals (32), assists (12), key passes (87) and dribbles (185); Lionel Messi everyone, take a minute to digest that.

Forward: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid)

Atlético’s best player this season and one of the highest rated players in world football. Griezmann holds the club highest of 19 goals and 9 assists in his 32 games for Los Rojiblancos guiding them to the 2nd place in the La Liga and a Europa League victory this season. According to several reports, the Frenchman’s move to rivals Barcelona is imminent which would be a massive blow for the club.