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La Liga: The most valuable backline of the 2018/19 season

Gaurav Sathe
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1.21K   //    02 Jan 2019, 20:49 IST

Varane, signed at €10 million in 2011, is currently valued at €80 million.
Varane, signed at €10 million in 2011, is currently valued at €80 million.

La Liga is probably the league with the most talent in the world. Spain is home to the golden generation of football which saw our jaws drop to the tune of flawless playing. The top tier of Spanish football has produced many a gem to count. Great players such as Iniesta, Xavi, Messi, and others all have their origins in the Spanish system of football; this is why it is one of the best leagues in the world.

The La Liga also has highly valuable players that form a rock wall in defence. Their consistency, season after season, and their dominance in their individual positions have brought their names to the limelight and skyrocketed their market values.

Here is the La Liga's most valuable backline of the 2018/19 season.


#5. Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak

Oblak playing against AS Monaco during a UEFA Champions League group game.
Oblak playing against AS Monaco during a UEFA Champions League group game.

Signed: €16 million

Current Market Value: €70 million

Jan Oblak has made steady progress at the top level. Joining Atletico Madrid from the Portuguese outlet Benfica for €16 million, he became the La Liga's most expensive goalkeeper at that time.

He was signed as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who was destined to return to Chelsea after the expiration of his loan deal. Oblak won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for the best goalkeeper in 2014/15 season for an all-time record for conceding least number of goals (18). He went on to win the same trophy for the next two seasons. This season he has conceded only 12 goals.

He is one powerful presence between the sticks, giving stiff competition to the likes of David De Gea, Keylor Navas, and Ederson.

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