Greatest La Liga XI of all time
We attempt to do the impossible and pick the greatest La Liga XI of all time
La Liga has been home to some of the greatest talents in football history. The league which has produced the most number of Ballon d’Or winners has had some amazing players grace the Spanish game.Unsurprisingly, the two most successful sides in the history of the League, Real Madrid and Barcelona have the most number of players in this team.
Picking the best XI out of the plethora of talent to have played in La Liga is no easy task. Even some multiple Ballon d’ Or winners fail to make the team with some missing out on even the bench. Without much ado, let us look at the greatest La Liga XI of all time:
Iker Casillas – Goalkeeper
Iker Casillas or ‘San Iker’ as he is popularly known is one of the greatest ever goalkeepers of our generation. Although Casillas has seen his powers wane in the last two seasons, football aficionados will remember the time when scoring against Casillas was almost an impossible task.
One of the select group of players who has won everything in the club and country level, Casillas won the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper Award an incredible 5 consecutive times. His records in La Liga are incredible:
Casillas made an astonishing 510 appearances in the league for Los Blancos winning the La Liga title 5 times in his august career. In his prime, he was an athletic keeper, known in particular for his outstanding speed, agility, reflexes, consistency and shot-stopping, as well as his positioning, concentration, penalty-saving and leadership.
Although there have been some great goalkeepers in La Liga history like Ricardo Zamora, Victor Valdes and Canizares, none of them have been able to show as much consistency, longevity and excellence as that of Iker Casillas.
Quite simply, Casillas is the greatest goalkeeper in La Liga history.