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The Best Soccer Players from Spain

Updated August 24, 2020 23.3k votes 3.4k voters 95.8k views114 items

Here's an extensive list of the best soccer players from Spain. The list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Spain, along with photos when available. This list of best Spanish soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Spanish soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for. Check out these famous soccer players from Spain, including Kalu Uche and Luis Suárez Miramontes, as well as many other famous Spanish soccer players.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Spanish footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Spanish soccer player of all time?" If you don't know, this list of famous Spain soccer players is a good place to start! Of course, you can vote for favorite Spain soccer players, and vote any down if you feel they should be lower on the list.

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Spain in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Spanish soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.

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    Andrés Iniesta

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceFuentealbilla, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Andrés Iniesta Luján (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈdɾes iˈnjesta luˈxan]; born 11 May 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Japanese club Vissel Kobe. He...  more

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    #20 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players#6 of 21 The Best Short Male Athletes

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    Xavi

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceTerrassa, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Xavier Hernández Creus (Catalan: [ˈʃaβi əɾˈnandəs ˈkɾɛws], Spanish: [ˈtʃaβj eɾˈnandeθ ˈkɾeus]; born 25 January 1980) is a retired Spanish professional footballer who played as a midfielder, and is...  more

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    #31 of 52 The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain#1 of 12 The Best Professional Soccer Players Who Retired In 2019

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    Carles Puyol

    Defender

    BirthplaceLa Pobla de Segur, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Carles Puyol Saforcada (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkaɾles puˈjɔl i safoɾˈkaða]; born 13 April 1978) is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played his entire career for Barcelona. Mainly a...  more

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    #30 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time#7 of 113 The Best FC Barcelona Players Of All Time, Ranked

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    Iker Casillas

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMóstoles, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Iker Casillas Fernández (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈikeɾ kaˈsiʎas feɾˈnandeθ]; born 20 May 1981) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Portuguese club Porto and the Spain...  more

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    #3 of 126 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time#18 of 32 The Best Goalies In The World Right Now

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    Xabi Alonso

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceTolosa, Spain, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Xabier Alonso Olano (Basque: [ˈʃaβi aˈlons̺o oˈlano], Spanish: [ˈ(t)ʃaβj aˈlonso oˈlano]; born 25 November 1981) is a Spanish football manager and former professional player who played as a central...  more
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    David Silva

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceArguineguín, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    David Josué Jiménez Silva (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ˈsilβa]; born 8 January 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for and captains English club Manchester City. Silva plays...  more

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    #113 of 137 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time#3 of 117 The Best Manchester City Players of All Time

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    Sergio Ramos

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCamas, Seville

    NationalitySpain

    Sergio Ramos García (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈseɾxjo ˈramoz ɣaɾˈθi.a]; born 30 March 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for and captains both Real Madrid and the Spain national team...  more
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    BirthplaceTuilla, Langreo, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    David Villa Sánchez (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ˈbiʎa santʃeθ]; born 3 December 1981) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Japanese club Vissel Kobe and the Spain...  more
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    BirthplaceFuenlabrada, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Fernando José Torres Sanz (Spanish pronunciation: [feɾˈnando ˈtores]; born 20 March 1984) is a Spanish retired professional footballer who is a striker. Torres started his career with Atlético...  more

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    #49 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#77 of 1,293 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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    Sergio Busquets

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSabadell, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Sergio Busquets Burgos (Catalan: [busˈkɛts], Spanish: [ˈseɾxjo βusˈkets]; born 16 July 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Barcelona, for which he is...  more
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    Raúl

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Raúl González Blanco (Spanish pronunciation: [raˈul ɣonˈθaleθ ˈβlaŋko]; born 27 June 1977), known as Raúl, is a Spanish football manager and former player who played as a striker. He is the current...  more
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    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Gerard Piqué Bernabeu (Catalan: [ʒəˈɾaɾt piˈke βəɾnəˈβew], Spanish: [ɟʝeˈɾaɾ piˈke βeɾnaˈβeu]; born 2 February 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Barcelona and...  more
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    Cesc Fàbregas

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceArenys de Mar, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Francesc "Cesc" Fàbregas Soler (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈsɛsk ˈfaβɾəɣəs], Spanish: [ˈfaβɾeɣas]; born 4 May 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Ligue 1...  more

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    Pep Guardiola

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSantpedor, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Josep "Pep" Guardiola Sala (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛb ɡwəɾðiˈɔlə]; born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish professional football manager and former player, who is the current manager of Premier...  more
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    BirthplaceA Coruña, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Luis Suárez Miramontes (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis ˈswaɾeθ miɾaˈmontes]; born 2 May 1935) is a Spanish former footballer and manager. He played as a midfielder for Deportivo de La Coruña, España...  more
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    Raúl Gonzalez Blanco

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    Fernando Hierro

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceVélez-Málaga, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Fernando Ruiz Hierro (Spanish pronunciation: [feɾˈnando ˈʝero]; born 23 March 1968) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, sweeper or defensive midfielder, and is a...  more

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    #258 of 325 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#92 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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    BirthplaceCantabria, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Francisco "Paco" Gento López (born 21 October 1933) is a former Spanish football player, who played as a left winger. Gento began his career at Racing Santander in 1952 and moved to Real Madrid the...  more
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    David de Gea

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    David de Gea Quintana (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ðe ˈxea kinˈtana]; born 7 November 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Manchester United...  more
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    Thiago Alcântara

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSan Pietro Vernotico, Italy

    NationalityBrazil, Spain

    Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento, known simply as Thiago, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for German club FC Bayern Munich. Born in Italy to Brazilian parents,...  more

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    #38 of 56 The Best Bayern Munich Midfielders Of All Time#198 of 265 The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

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    Isco

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBenalmádena, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈθisko roˈman alaɾˈkon ˈswaɾeθ]; born 21 April 1992), commonly known as Isco ([ˈisko]), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as...  more

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    #32 of 291 The Best Current Soccer Players#36 of 49 The Best Real Madrid Midfielders Of All Time

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    Emilio Butragueño

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Emilio Butragueño Santos (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈmiljo βutɾaˈɣeɲo ˈsantos]; born 22 July 1963) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker. He was best known for his spell with Real...  more
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    BirthplaceErandio, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Pedro Telmo Zarraonandía Montoya (20 January 1921 – 23 February 2006), known as Telmo Zarra or simply Zarra (Basque: [ˈs̻ara], Spanish: [ˈθara]), was a Spanish football forward. He spent the...  more
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    Víctor Valdés

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceL'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Víctor Valdés Arribas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbiktoɾ βalˈdes aˈriβas]; born 14 January 1982) is a Spanish football coach and former professional player, who is currently the manager of FC...  more
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    Marco Asensio