Colombian star James Rodriguez, the breakout star at the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been drawing the attention of world’s top clubs, particularly the Spanish giant Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are quite interested in the Monaco product James Rodriguez and very much intended to make a run at him provided they can sell Angel Di Maria, the Argentine midfielder.
As the 23-year-old winger expressed his desire to make the move to Real Madrid if Madrid ultimately makes a deal with him. It turns out to be a mutual feeling between James Rodriguez and Real Madrid.
James Rodriguez transfer rumor took its shape when he said,
” It makes me proud that a club like Real Madrid is interested in me. It’s like a dream to play for Real Madrid.”
James Rodriguez’s transfer would bring a great deal of excitement and energy to Bernabeu, but not everyone is convinced that it would be a right move for him. Some believe that replacing Angel Di Maria with James Rodriguez would be a mistake.
Although Colombia was eliminated by Brazil in the quarterfinal at 2014 world cup, James Rodriguez’s performance was spectacular throughout the tournament. As the tournament’s top goal scorer, he leads superstars like Germany’s Thomas Muller and Argentina’s Lionel Messi in the Golden boot race.
Real Madrid is already stacked with several attacking talents like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. So it would be even deadlier adding someone like James Rodriguez to the fold.
Above all, Rodriguez is a young player, just 23 who continues to get better. He could potentially reach unseen levels of success at Bernabeu.
However, his current club Monaco may not be keen on giving Rodriguez up, but the offers that come their way from Real Madrid and other clubs may force their hands as well. Right now, James Rodriguez is the fastest-rising star in the football world and seeing him with Los Blancos would be a true treat for football fans worldwide.
Without the intensity of a transfer saga, the limelight of a glitzy unveiling with a weight of a world –record fee and overwhelming deluge of interview questions, Gareth Bale will have enjoyed a summer a little more like yours or mine over the past couple of months.
The former Tottenham player has seen other scrutinized during their time in Brazil World Cup and has witnessed contemporaries such as Toni Kross and James Rodriguez navigate through the Real Madrid fanfare. Bale also watched opponents and teammates alike endure a tiresome summer. This will have taken both physical and psychological toll for him as the new season arrives.
And finally the end product is a fully fresh, well-rested complete fit Gareth Bale who is ready to take Europe by storm.
The fresh Welshman, Gareth Bale said at the beginning of Real Madrid’s training camp,
” It was really disappointing not being in the Brazil World Cup, but I have had seven weeks of rest and now I can have a full pre-season”.
It was notable that he denied the last summer pre-season. He is now determined to improve his skills and technique. Bale said,
“I want to have an even better season than last year. I want to give more assists and score more goals. I want to improve in every aspect.”
Last season in all competition Gareth Bale contributed 22 goals and 17 assists! So, he definitely capable to improve more…
“Without pre-season it was tough enough, but this season will be different in the sense. It was a massive change for me, but in time I have become very comfortable here.”
What the Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid are set to witness in 2014-15 season is the Gareth Bale of two seasons ago at White Hart Lane.
They will witness the Bale who left scorch mark all around England soil, smashing 21 league goals as a roaming midfielder, doing so with a combination of sublime skill and explosive power that had rarely been seen previously in the English Premier League.
The Real Madrid has got the Golden Bale who almost burst the netting from 30 yards at West Ham, the Bale who rendered a whole Newcastle United team utterly helpless, the bale who cut the heart out of Manchester united at their home, Old Trafford, the Bale who annihilated Lyon with a simply exquisite pair of free-kicks.
So basically the Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez and the coach, Carlo Ancelotti are getting everything right that had been expected from an £85 million player.
And probably more is coming…
Last season, in his opening months in Madrid as a Galactico, Gareth Bale endured a somewhat underwhelming beginning. It is not that much tough to think that some factors were there like his absence in the pre-season due to injuries, difficulties with new home, new culture and new language.
In Real Madrid uniform, Bale was forced to adapt on the wing, force to develop chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo in the heat of competition, while Ancelotti tinkered with the team’s systematic approach to accommodate Bale’s talents.
And Gareth Bale had done all of that, despite not playing a full 90 minutes until November arrived. It was a gradual process finding his feet.
It is not hard to find the differences between then and now as the new season arrives. It is a obvious warning sign for the defenders in Spain and across Europe.
“I have become very comfortable here,”
he was telling that most of the time when in California.
Remember his name, Gareth Bale, who scored 22 goals and made 17 assists, assigned a hat-trick in just his 9th La Liga outing and in Copa del Rey who struck some decisive goals and who scored in the Champions league final before he had gotten COMFORTABLE!
On Monday, Ancelotti said of Bale,
“He’s doing what he wasn’t able to do last year,”
Despite some charming transfer news with James Rodriguez and Toni Kross in Real, the Welshman will be all around the La Liga and Champions League to be more ferocious.
Finally the Mexican stopper and free agent Guillermo Ochoa has signed the papers for a new club to join this upcoming new season. Officially he was assigned for the Spanish side Malaga on Friday.
After a sensational performance at the 2014 World Cup, he made himself the hottest free agent on the market. Although he spent the last few seasons playing for French minnows Ajaccio, it came as no surprise at all that he held out for a club of much bigger stature, like Spanish club Malaga.
Guillermo Ochoa signed a three-year deal with Malaga after passing a medical on Friday. He is likely expected to become Malaga’s new starter after Willy Caballero’s transfer to English Club Manchester City.
” I’m happy to be in this club that opened the doors to the Spanish league, which is a dream for me. It’s a great project.”
The Spanish club, Malaga ran into some financial difficulties in 2012. They were forced to sell top players like Joaquin, Isco and Jeremy Toulalan last year. But since then they have done an excellent job rebuilding their squad.
While Malaga won’t challenge the likes of the giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona for the La Liga title, they will be expected push for one of Spain’s European slots in the new season.
Guillermo Ochoa, who is he?
At the age of 20 Ochoa was called up by the Mexico team as the third choice goalkeeper in 2006 FIFA World Cup. Hugo Sanchez, the then newly appointed manager called Ochoa as a deputy of Mexico’s no 1 goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez. Ochoa made his debut on 2010 World Cup qualification and in 2010 FIFA World Cup he controversially remained the back-up goal keeper to veteran Oscar Perez.
Guillermo Ochoa in World Cup 2014:
For the 2014 World Cup, Guillermo Ochoa was named in Mexico’s 23-man squad. Ochoa started in Mexico’s opening match against Cameroon. The match ended in a 1-0 victory for Mexico. It was the debut match for Ochoa in a World Cup, having been called up for the previous two tournaments with no appearances.
In the second group stage match, the match against Brazil, Ochoa made four stunning saves, including a Neymar’s powerful header. The match result was draw and Ochoa was awarded man of the match.
In the knock-out match against Netherlands, Ochoa made several crucial saves to hold on to Mexico’s 1-0 advantage. However, the Dutch took the match by 2-1. His performance and skills were well praised and awarded second man of the match. So, this is our Guillermo Ochoa.
The transfer and The Right Man:
It was their biggest need to find a replacement for Caballero for the upcoming new season. Guillermo Ochoa becomes the right man for them with World Cup experience and the skill set to thrive at the highest level.
It is a great chance for Ochoa to show he truly is one of the elite players at the position in undoubtedly the strongest league in the world, so this transfer truly feels like a match made in paradise.
For the last few games, Real Madrid has proven their shaky defense. And now they are going to receive another minor blow. Real Madrid Star and Portuguese center-back succumbed to a muscle problem. He has already missed the tricky away game against Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga last night.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the defender was going to miss the match due to muscle fatigue. The 31 year old’s place was taken by the young French central defender Raphael Varane. May be that another cause, Pepe’s loss needn’t be a particularly damaging blow for Real.
Pepe definitely could offer more experience. He is a genuine uncompromising streak fierce to make any attacker cringe. But at the same time he is part of that defense which was breached easily in last three games.
Unfortunately Real Madrid had to admit seven goals that time. All involved with the squad just felt the necessity of improving the back. May be Varane is a key choice for that kind of improvement. Though he is not a regular at the squad. But Pepe injury got this chance for his talent.
Pepe Injury: updates
No matter if he plays regular or not. Madrid got to sign another new deal with the French international to keep away from other club’s reach. Real Madrid is committed to protect one of their future stars.
The 21-year-old France international moved to Bernabeu from Lens in 2011. At that time he got the six year deal with the club. Since then he had made a complete 74 appearances. Undoubtedly he got several other clubs interest. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea is among them.
But Pepe Injury reminds Madrid that they have to keep the talent. Probably Real Madrid is going to add another three years to his existing contract in Bernabeu.
Real Madrid mostly had to rely on Pepe and Sergio Ramos. And now Ancelotti endorsed Varane’s importance.
“He is a Real Madrid player, he is young and we need him. We will help him”
“I always say that we have Ramos and Pepe, two of the best defenders in the world”
As per Real Madrid, Varane has to seize the limited chances to impress. Pepe Injury confirms that his aged legs are going to be rested ahead of La Liga tilt. Unfortunately Madrid have two actions in four days.
The last night Coruna trip was a satisfying event for the Real Madrid fans in last few weeks. Next, Ancelotti’s men have to host Elche in Bernabeu. Hope, Pepe Injury will not make suffer the team anymore.
Athletes always perform their best in the ground in order to make the moment most memorable in the history of sports. But the most important part of sports is the sports fans, the people who watch the game. Fans from all kind of sports are those who use to add their life to the matches and cheers with energy and enthusiasm. Some sports fans only afford to watch the game in front of TV. On the other hand, others make it to the stadiums to watch the game live. The fans usually watch the game wearing their favorite teams’ jerseys and wigs, as well as screaming and crying for their favorite players in the ground.
Our Sporty Ghost team has made an initiative to focus on the top 10 sports leagues in the world. You have to just scroll down to see the most watched league in the world. So, be ready and brace yourself.
Apart from the international sports events, these sports leagues across the world have earned so much popularity among the sports fans. Also, all these top leagues in the world ensure a healthy income to the athletes. If you read our highest paid athletes 2015, you will know details about how rich these players are!
10. Big Bash League:
The KFC Big Bash League is an Australian T20 Cricket Tournament. The tournament firstly commenced in 2011. The cricket tournament is participated by the domestic teams in Australia. The Big Bash currently replaced the previous one, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The league features only the city-based franchises instead of state teams, which had previously participated in this huge tournament. The top two teams in the Big Bash league will qualify to take part in the Champions League T20.
The Big Bash is considered as one of the elite cricket tournament in Australia. Currently eight teams participate in Big Bash League and a single season of this league consists of a total 35 matches. The Big Bash League is certainly one of the top 10 sports leagues in the world. In the last 2014/15 of Big Bash there was a total of 825,657 attendance watching this sports event all over the world.
Canadian Football League is one of the most popular sports leagues in Canada. The CFL remains at 9th place in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. It the highest level of competition in Canadian Football, which is a form of gridiron football and closely related to American Football. The league is consists of nine teams, which are located in nine separate cities across Canada. The teams are divided into two divisions, West Division with five teams and East Division with four teams. Canadian Football League is a 20-week regular season sports event, which traditionally starts from late June to early November.
The CFL was officially established in 1958 and became the second oldest professional gridiron football league in North America. The league is also played at the amateur level such as the Quebec Junior Football League, the Canadian Junior Football League and assorted senior leagues.
Nippon professional Baseball competition is the highest level of baseball tournament in Japan. The game is also referred to as ‘Japanese baseball’. The league first started in 1934 organized by Greater Japan Tokyo Baseball Club. NPB was formed later on in 1950.
Nippon professional baseball league is consisted of two six-team circuits, divided into the central league and the Pacific League. The winning teams from the two leagues compete in the Championship series of NPB.
Nippon baseball league is at No. 8 position in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe took the initiative of expanding NPB to 16 total teams. The goal is to energize country’s regional economy by receiving the new teams.
Indian super league is one of the top-tier Indian football leagues, while the other being the I-League. The league was founded in 2013 featuring eight franchise teams all around India. The football tournament runs from October to December, with a final series in order to determine the champions. Indian Super League stands at No. 7 in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.
The Indian Super League, ISL operates along the lines of T20 league, IPL and Major League Soccer in USA. The specialty of ISL is that, the league does not use the promotion and relegation system unlike the majority of the football leagues in the world. The league’s inaugural season started on 12 October, 2014, which was the 4th highest sports league in the history in terms of attendance.
La Liga or the officially named Liga BBVA is the top professional football league in Spain. The league consists of 20 teams. However, a total of 60 teams have competed in La Liga, nine of which have been crowned as champions. Since the early 50s, it was only Real Madrid and Barcelona who dominated the championship. Real Madrid won the La Liga title 32 times while Barcelona took it for a total of 22 times. All over the world, La Liga is one of the most watched football leagues among the fans. La Liga makes its way at No. 6 in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.
La Liga is considered as one of the strongest football leagues in Europe over the past five years. La Liga clubs have won the most UEFA Champions League titles (14) and Real Madrid being the most successful club with 10 titles in the Champions League. With an average attendance of 30,275 for the league matches, it is one of the most popular football leagues in the world.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball league which is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America. The baseball league also manages the international world baseball classic tournament too. MLB is consisting of 30 teams, 29 from the United States and 1 from Canada. The baseball teams play a total 162 games each season of MLB. Five top teams advance to a four-round postseason tournament that ends up in the world series. The baseball games are aired throughout North America as well as the whole world across. It has the highest season attendance of any sports league with more than 74 million viewers worldwide.
Major League Baseball has marked its step at No. 5 in the list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.
Australian Football League is the highest level of professional football competition in Australian football. As the sport’s governing body, the AFL is responsible for making the law of the game. Previously, the Australian league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL), which had its inaugural season commenced in 1897.
Currently, the league consists of 18 teams from the five states of Australia, with every state apart from one having at least two teams at the league. The football matches have been played in all mainland states of Australia as well as in New Zealand. Australian football league is such a popular sports event that it stands at No. 4 in the list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. The AFL currently is composed of a pre-season tournament, which starts during the Australian winter. The top eight AFL teams then play off in a four-round final series and ultimately ends up in the AFL Grand Final. The final match is held at Melbourne Cricket Ground each year. The winning team is awarded the premiership cup.
English premier league is the England’s primary football competition and is contested by top 20 English football clubs. The selection operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the football leagues. In addition, the Wales clubs can also compete in this tournament. The premier league season runs from August to May, with each team playing 38 matches and totaling 380 matches in the entire English Premier League. Officially, English Premier League is also known as Barclays Premier League, due to its current sponsorship by the Barclays Bank.
English premier league is one of the most watched football leagues in the world, broadcasting in 212 territories to 643 million homes and 4.7 billion TV audiences. English Premier League ranks at No. 3 in the list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. In the 2010-11 season of EPL, the average match attendance was 35,363, which is the second highest of any professional football league behind German Bundesliga. Manchester United won the English Premier league title for a record 13 times and Manchester City being the last title winner.
Bundesliga is a German professional football league with the highest average stadium attendance across the world. Bundesliga is Germany’s primary football competition and is very popular worldwide. This German league is contested by 18 football clubs and the tournament is operated on a system of promotion and relegation. The Bundesliga season usually starts from August to May. All Bundesliga football clubs qualify for the another major tournament, DFB-Pokal and the winner of the Bundesliga qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.
German Bundesliga is placed at second position in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. The Bundesliga was established in 1962 and the first season started on 1963. Since its founding, a total of 53 clubs have been participated in this league. Bundesliga is currently ranking 3rd in Europe based on recent European soccer performances. The average 45,134 fans per game during 2011/12 Bundesliga season, has earned the 2nd highest attendance of any sports leagues in the world. The football was also broadcasted over 200 countries worldwide.
The professional American football league, NFL is considered as the most popular American sports. A total of 32 teams are participated in NFL and are divided equally between the American Football conference and National Football Conference. The tournament is a regular 17-week season starts from the week after Labor Day to the week after Christmas.
Initially NFL was founded in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association. The National Football League agreed to merge with the American Football League in 1966. Today, the NFL has become the most watched sports league in the world. It is one of the biggest sports events in the world. The Green Bay Packers is the most successful NFL team with 13 titles, while Pittsburgh Steelers is the most Super Bowl Champion with six titles.
National Football League is at No. 1 in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.
The sports fans always play a vital role in developing sports across the world. The game itself shows its color and beauty to the world by the performing sportsmen. The popularity of sports are spreading fast for these kind of sports leagues which hold everyone’s eye for 12 months around and 24 hours a day..
Xavi Hernandez has recently left Barcelona to join the Qatari football club, Al Sadd SC. He may leave, but the legacy he left behind in Nou Camp, will last for generations. Xavi was the most decorated player for Barcelona. He signed off in a best possible way, by lifting the Champions League title in Berlin in a great passion. With Xavi’s absence in the heart of the Barcelona’s midfield, an enormous void was created for the Catalans. Barcelona need to fill the blank immediately, but to suggest that player would be a direct replacement for Xavi Hernandez, is pushing it somewhat.
We have looked over five players who might step into Xavi’s shoes. Barcelona would be planning to organize the midfield in such a manner that would definitely suit for a Champions league winner. So, Let’s have a look-
5 potential replacements of Xavi in Barcelona:
1. Denis Suarez
Denis Suarez has really found his feet in La Liga for Sevilla over the past 12 months in the last season. He was sent on loan to play in Sevilla as a part of the deal that brought Ivan Rakitic to Nou Camp. Suarez proved himself as a great attacking midfielder back in Andalusia. But the loan contract still to go on for another year and it would not be easy for Barcelona to bring him back. However, it is not impossible for a club like Barcelona.
The Catalans has already built up a healthy relationship with Sevilla, signing Aleix Vidal in the most recent time from Sevilla. Denis Suarez has the potential to become successful in Barca, much like Gerard Deulofeu, who was given much the same opportunities. He could be a better replacement for Xavi, as during his time with Barcelona B,he used to take the midfield responsibility quite successfully.
Paul Pogba, the French midfielder appears the most likely to be signed by Barcelona this summer. Already some initiatives are taken to grab this Juve at personal and club level. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said,
“it is true that Paul Pogba is one of the leading targets of ours and obviously we are interested to bring him at the Nou Camp. But, I cann’t say anything more right now.”
Pogba would make a real change of direction in the midfield for the Barcelona. He would be a more powerful midfielder than the ‘conductor’ Xavi has been. Landing the ex-Manchester United man would cost Barcelona more or less around €80 million and the midfielder is just waiting for the green signal.
If Barcelona are interested in Real Madrid midfieder Isco, firstly, they have to arrange a third party to have Isco signed for them before he move onto Barca. It’s a matter of just a few months. There is absolutely no chance that Florentino Perez would sanction a move to Real Madrid’s greatest rivals.
Although, Isco would be significantly cheaper than Pogba, there are unlikely to be too many supporters fussed about Isco previously having plied his trade at the Santiago Bernabeu if there was a chance of signing him to Barcelona. It doesn’t need to be a researcher say that Isco is the right man, at right place, at right age.
Barcelona have been considered a potential destination for Marco Reus for some while, but prefers to remain as a Borussia Dortmund midfielder. In February, Reus has made a new deal for the German club. So, any proposed deal would be difficult for him right now. Considering Reus’ adaptability, Barcelona may feel that he is player worth pursuing.
Marco Reus is an amazing footballer, who can play in any part of the ground and is comfortable in possession. He has a sense of sit and hold as well as pop off inch perfect passes and assists in. He is a high-class football performer. Barcelona have to dig deep to catch Marco Reus.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is the perfect guy, who knows many of the team well through his time with the Spanish National team. It is quite unclear what Arsene Wenger would make an approach from Barcelona’s offer. But, at 30, Santi Cazorla isn’t exactly the one for future. But, the Barcelona team always want to test waters. Barcelona are quite capable to bring out the class within the players. Let’s do them some experiment this summer. Hopefully, they will find a perfect replacement for Xavi in the midfield.
According to the Spanish publications, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to leave after spending marvelous time with the club. The press like Daily Star intensified the report of returning Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United. Moreover, it was also reported that, the sacking of manager Carlo Ancelotti has probably strained the relationship between Cristiano and the Real Madrid President Florentino Perez.
Rafael Benitez is expected to take over the managerial position at Real Madrid. The rumor grew that the striker isn’t convinced enough by the new coach. Moreover, Ronaldo has become upset by Perez’s unwavering support for misfiring Gareth Bale from the squad.
Probable Destination After Real Madrid Exit:
Here comes the question, then what will will be the destination after Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid exit?
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is desperately seeking for some improvements for his side during the summer. He is probably eying two players for every position as reported in the club’s website. The choice of Cristiano Ronaldo would be his ultimate goal in this situation.
On other side, the French Champion, Paris Saint- Germain are about to target CR7 as a part of their mega deal, per ESPN. Because of a fantastic relationship between Cristiano and Jose Mourinho, English club Chelsea are silently trying to make him convinced, considering his unhappiness at Bernabeu.
In the recently finished Spanish La Liga, C. Ronaldo has scored 48 goals to grab the Golden Shoe award. However, despite his individual achievement, Real Madrid didn’t make it to the Super Cup and Club World Cup.
The former manager, Carlo Ancelotti had failed to find a sustainable balance with the formation of 4-3-3. It was a wrong idea that forced attacking midfielder Isco and James Rodriguez into the center of the pitch. It will be the first task for Rafa Benitez to use the best players into their natural positions. Benitez has his own plan, which would be building the team around Gareth Bale. Perez’ll be impressed if it involves Bale to take on a more central role adding Cristiano Ronaldo with the plan.
The Sky Sports recently reported that, CR7’s influence in the team will be affected if Bale is moved from the flank. If the Real fans want to see Bale flourish, Cristiano Ronaldo will need to step back a little bit in this case.
There is no doubt about Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal scoring ability. He will be a valuable asset for any side of the world. It’s likely that, new manager Benitez will certainly want him to play a vital role during his entry at the Bernabeu. It is admitted that the 30-year-old, Cristiano will begin to slow down soon. But, for Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is a kind of player who is totally irreplaceable.
Last Summer, Man U coach Van Gaal raided Real to capture Angel Di Maria, but it is unlikely luring Cristiano Ronaldo to take the chance of returning. Cristiano will need to play a key role here in any transfer being pushed through, whether it’s to Manchester United or anywhere else.
The Manchester United fans will continue to expect their hero will return one day. Cristiano’s return could kick-start the first success in post-Sir Alex Ferguson era in Manchester United.
Prior to the last match on Saturday, Granada had conceded only four goals throughout the season. But Barcelona probably have welcomed them in a different way to Camp Nou.
The Catalans have showed that the forward line were straight back in the groove. Six unanswered goals were really something celebrating for them after the last performance against Malaga in midweek.
This day their attack was truly like the Barcelona play. It was something that can be described in words like quick and sharp pass and move. That simple pattern of play proved effective for the Barcelona side.
Undoubtedly Neymar and Messi will take all the headlines. Neymar had his second hat-trick for the club. And Messi with two goals and two assists have showed that he has again started to enjoy the game. But scratching the last game a little deeper, we can be acknowledged about area of Barcelona’s play.
Seven clean sheets in all competitions since the start of the season is a frankly astonishing statistic for the Catalans. Another notable thing is, Gerard Pique was left out for three of the seven games.
Liga BBVA, commonly known as La Liga was founded in the year of 1929. In other words, it is officially known as the Primera Division of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP). It has been the strongest league in Europe for the past five years and more (with respect to UEFA’s League coefficient system). Twenty teams are permitted to participate in this division. The lowest three teams are selected to be relegated at the end of the season. La Liga is considered as the second most watched football league in the world after Barclays Premier League (English Premier League).
This particular premier division has always been lauded for its technique visibly nonexistent physicality and flair. La Liga has also been criticized for its predictability and a two horse race competition. Real Madrid and Barcelona, this two teams have won the Spanish first division in the past nine years. But hopefully the equations of Liga champions may be changing in Spain due to the rise of a certain Atletico Madrid last season.
La Liga has always produced some fine footballers. Guardiola and Romário in the 90’s, Zidane – Beckham and Ronaldinho in the 2000’s and at present times amazing football superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Iniesta and Gareth Bale are playing right here in La Liga.
And as always, quality players mean quality salaries for those brilliant individuals. There are uncountable highly paid soccer players playing in La Liga every season.
Top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga:
Let’s take a look at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. Mostly highest paid footballers in La Liga are found within the two horses, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
10. Xavi Hernandez
Present Club: FC Barcelona
Position: central midfielder
Earnings: $9.36 million per year
Xavi Hernandez, known as the master of passes, plays for the Spanish national team and FC Barcelona. He joined through the youth ranks of La Masia and gradually taken to the first team of Barcelona. His professional debut came in 1997. He played regularly in Spain’s U17, U18, U20, U21 and U23 football teams. Finally Xavi made it to the senior side in 2000.
Xavi also represented the Catalonia’s national team. He is the 1st player to register assists in 2 separate Euro finals and also the lone goal in the 2008 final. With 2 assists in the final 4 years later. With more than 25 trophies Xavi can be decided the maximum trophy winner among the Spanish players in history.
He created countless goals with genius ball handling while never relinquishing possession technique. Xavi’s abnormally good vision, world-class ball control and pinpoint accurate passing ability allowed him to dictate the flow of football. The assist king, the number 10 highest paid footballer in La Liga currently earns an estimated total wages of €6.9 million ($9.36 million) per year at FC Barcelona.
Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, known as Marcelo is often Likened to Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos for his technical ability, fierce shot and good passing. The Brazilian plays for Spanish Capital Club Real Madrid.
Marcelo started playing with Fluminense and was sold to Real Madrid in January 2007. He is also praised for representing Brazil in different youth levels: U-17, U-20 and U-23. He made it to the senior side in 2006.
Marcelo can be considered as another perfect example of a traditional Brazilian left-back with great offensive play ability. He has outstanding dribbling skills and tricks. The Real Madrid Star, commonly known as the opponent’s terror is right now the 9th of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. He earns an estimated total wages of €6.98 million ($9.45 million) per year at Real Madrid.
Another Brazilian defender, Daniel Alves plays for FC Barcelona and loves to attack. He also plays for the Brazilian National team.
Alves started his professional career at Esporte Clube Bahia. He was moved to Sevilla in 2002, primarily on a temporary basis and then permanently. He stayed six years at the club and then joined FC Barcelona in the summer of 2008 for €32.5 million transfer fee.
The Brazilian superstar made his international debut in 2006. Probably his favorite hobby is to torment opposition’s left flank with his right winger. As being a regular member of Barcelona’s starting XI, Dani Alves currently earns around €7 million ($9.5 million) per year at Barcelona. Another defender at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga.
One of the “BBC” attack of Real Madrid, Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French footballer who plays as a striker. The former French youth international has also represented his nation from under-17 level onwards. The under-17 team won the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Karim Benzema made his senior international debut in March 2007.
He has earned over 65 caps and represented France at three major international tournaments. The French international shows tremendous intelligence and foresight to make runs off the ball. He is not just a box poacher. And he is not even necessarily expecting to receive possession but purposely creating spaces for his wide forwards to exploit centrally.
Benzema has proven himself to be a key figure in front of the goal. He has already scored 17 times in La Liga and also nine notable assists. Now a time there are not many “pure” forwards in the league who can match Benzema’s rate of 1.8 key passes per game. Probably this the indication of his being 7th at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga 2016. He has an estimated earnings of $9.6 million per year from Real Madrid.
Andrés Iniesta Luján, commonly known as Andres Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Spain national team as a central midfielder.
He is another player who came through La Masia (Barcelona Youth Academy) after an early emigration from his birthplace. Iniesta made his debut in 2002 at the age of 18. Very soon he became an integral part of the Barcelona side in 2009 and probably that was the only time a club has achieved six titles in one season.
Iniesta showed his very best form in big games, ever since he joined the Catalan’s side. On the ball, there are few players in world football (never mind in La Liga) who can match Iniesta’s ability to beat defenders in restricted territory. Undoubtedly he is one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, Andres Iniesta is considered the sixth of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. His estimated wages are around $9.8 million per year from FC Barcelona.
He started his professional career joining Santos youth academy in 2003 and rose through the ranks to the first team. He made his professional debut in 2009. Neymar also represented Brazil in U17, U20 and U23 levels and made his senior National Team debut in 2010. Now a days he is seen representing the Brazil National Team.
FC Barcelona paid €57 million to sign him in the summer of 2013. Neymar is quite a complete package of dribbling, acceleration, finishing and the ability to use both feet. He has easily become an important member of FC Barcelona. The number 5 of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga currently earns an estimated wages of $10 million per year from Barcelona.
Iker Casillas plays for and captains both La Liga club Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He can be undoubtedly considered as one of the finest goalkeepers of all time.
Casillas joined Real Madrid at youth level. And then gradually he made his debut in 1998-99. He had always been the first choice keeper until the January arrival of Diego last year. Iker Casillas also represented Spain at U15, U16, U17, U18, U20 and U21 levels.
The most capped player of all time for the Spanish national team, Casillas made his senior debut in 2000. He captained the Spanish national team to two Euro Cups and a World Cup. Despite not being regular for both the Champions league and La Liga, Casillas is still one of the top goalkeepers in world and earns €7.5 million ($10.17 million) per year, which in turn makes him the 4th of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. And the only goalkeeper for the highest paid soccer players list.
What more is there to say about a four-time Ballon d’Or winner? Lionel Messi is arguably the best player in the world, who plays for FC Barcelona and is skipper of the Argentina national team. He is also another player from Barca’s youth academy La Masia. He joined as a young player from Newell’s Old Boys.
After rising through the ranks, Messi became an inevitable part of Barcelona first team. Messi had represented Argentina in U20 and U23 action and made his senior debut in 2005. He also represented the Argentina National Team in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil.
Intially a left winger, Messi was moved to right wing by then Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard. As he needed to cut in and finish using his left foot. This turned out to be a very effective move as his goal tally increased tremendously. And then Pep Guardiola gave him a free role, namely ‘false 9’.
The total Barcelona team is built around him. The record breaking and history making footballer of this age, Lionel Messi currently earns an estimated wages of €16 million ($21.7 million) a year from the Catalan club. Right now he is at the 2nd position of the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga.
Gareth Bale is one of the most expensive footballers in history. The Welsh International plays for the Spanish Capital Club Real Madrid. Bale started as a regular of Wales’ U17, U19 and U21 sides. He made it onto the national team in 2006.
After starting out his professional career at Southampton in 2006, he was signed in Tottenham Hotspur for an eventual £7 million in 2007. Though starting as a left back, Bale was moved further forward to utilize his speed and crossing ability. After a prolific scoring season in 2012-13, Gareth Bale got his dream move to Real Madrid with €100 million record transfer fees.
A footballer with tremendous speed, exceptional physical qualities and with a great left foot, Bale is making £15.6 million ($25.7 million) per year at Real Madrid. He is considered as the 2nd highest paid footballer in Liga BBVA.
One of the most prolific goal scorers of his generation, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid and captains the Portuguese national team.
Ronaldo Started out his career as a youth player with Andorinha and joining C.D. Nacional. Afterwards he stepped onto his professional career at Sporting Club de Portugal. The English powerhouse Manchester United signed him for €15 million in the year 2003. Finally, Real Madrid made him the most expensive footballer in history at that time when they bought him for €94 million in summer of 2009.
Cristiano Ronaldo has represented Portugal at U17, U20, U21, U23 and senior levels. After the national team debut in 2003, Cristiano captained Portugal National Team since July, 2008. Unbelievable but true that he scores more than a goal per game for his current club. He is also the top goal scorer of his country.
Lauded for his finishing, pace, dribbling, positioning and his passing and crossing ability, Ronaldo can be proclaimed as the Commander In Chief at Real Madrid. Currently Cristiano receives around €21 million ($28.5 million) salary per year from Real Madrid. Undoubtedly he is the highest paid footballer in La Liga for the year 2015-2016..
2nd goal at 31’ – J. Rodriguez; assist – K. Benzema
3rd goal at 54’ – K. Benzema; assist – C. Ronaldo
4th goal at 87’ – J. Rodriguez; assist – C. Ronaldo
Fresh off their El Clasico win against FC Barcelona, Madrid men picked up right where they left off against Granada CF.
And again, C. Ronaldo scored yet another goal just at the 2nd minute of the game. J. Rodriguez was another unstoppable and incredible this evening, added two for the Los Blancos. Striker K. Benzema also added the third shortly after half time.
Granada (0) vs Real Madrid (4); as it happened:
A brilliant start saw Cristiano Ronaldo give the European champions 1st lead. Just after two minutes of the game, Cristiano slotted out the ground. James added the second, 15 minutes before the break.
Karim Benzema found the net shortly after the half-time. While, Marcelo was denied by the crossbar four minutes later. Finally Rodriguez took advantage of a defensive mix-up to poke home a fourth.
The result represents Real’s 11th consecutive win in all competitions.
On the contrary, Granada had to admit their fifth defeat in six games.
The Los Blancos’ have been claimed optimistic of suspending their impending transfer ban. They are most likely looking for including David De Gea from Manchester United and Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. Real Madrid seems very confident that their transfer ban will be suspended and along with those above two choices they are even interested in Eden Hazard.
Los Blancos rivals Atletico Madrid are also banned from registering new players until the summer of 2017. Though Real are hoping to appeal the sanction in order to at least suspend it to 2017 and not to endure like Barcelona in 2015. Actually they should have their summer plan ready to recruit heavily. Like the way, Barcelona did so well in 2014. That time they brought the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Claudio Bravo.
Los Blancos’ Rumors on Summer Plans:
Here comes the transfer rumors for the Los Blancos. We all admit that Keylor Navas is undoubtedly an able stopper, but surely a goalkeeper needs to be in their priority list for the upcoming season. The Madrid camp are clearly pinning their hopes on landing De Gea, probably as a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.
Clearly Real had less need for another goalscorer. The creative playmakers like Lewandowski and Hazard, firmly fit their preferred galactico requirements of marquee signings. May be you just can expect, both are capable of adding further quality to the team.
Lewandowski has scored a staggering 23 goals and four assists this season. On the other hand, Eden Hazard was seen winning the player of the year award with 19 goals and 10 assists for Chelsea.
There not all good news for the Real fans, you should also consider possible outgoings in the summer, though it all depends on whether they are able push back the transfer ban. We all know, Zinedine Zidane likes Isco. Yet again he has spoken of inconsistent behavior from isco as a Real Madrid player. So there breathes a mere possibility that either he or James Rodriguez gets sold in the summer.
Owing to injury, James has just made 13 appearances for Los Blancos under Zidane’s predecessor Rafa Benitez. Despite featuring for just 770 minutes, the Colombian has scored three times and assisted six. Yes of course, Isco can create such contrast here with his 22 appearances in which he has also been concrete with three goals and nine assists. For now a time, Zidane expects the two players to be used interchangeably this season.
May be this situation is not that good for James. So definitely he could seek a move away from the Spanish giant club. Again we need to consider these all topics just boils down to their transfer situation, which could prove difficult anyway. None of these players may not arrive at or depart the Bernabeu in the summer, who knows!
In the past, Barcelona were able to recruit Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal while banned. They agreed to wait half a season in order to register. But probably you must not expect the likes of De Gea, Lewandowski and Hazard to accept so. And definitely Real won’t allow any players of James’ or Isco’s quality to leave the camp, while they can’t make immediate replacements.