Boycott of the Spanish attack

France Football has announced the thirty attackers nominated for the eleven and it is surprising that there are no Spaniards on the long list.


This year there will be no Ballon d'Or. This was announced by the prestigious magazine France Football, claiming that "such a unique year cannot be considered ordinary and that the five substitutions and the eighth final in Lisbon of the European Cup condition a lot". Despite being a highly criticized decision, the publication has remained firm and they will not give the award they have given since 1956.

In compensation they have decided to select the best eleven in the history of football. In recent weeks the players announced to the so-called Golden Ball Dream Team have been announced, first goalkeepers and defenders, then midfielders and lastly forwards. As expected, in all positions there has been the presence of Spanish players with Iker Casillas in goal, Sergio Ramos in the centrals, Guardiola, Xabi Alonso, Busquets, Luis Suárez and Xavi in the defensive midfielders and Andres Iniesta in the offensive midfielders. .

The big surprise has come today, when the ten nominees for each attacking position have been announced: left winger, right winger and center forward, and no Spanish name has appeared in the list of 30 players. Specifically, locals and strangers are surprised by the absence of players such as Rául González, David Villa and Paco Gento.

Starting with the current Castilla coach, seeing how they have treated the positions, Raúl could have been as a center forward or even as a left winger. On an individual level, Rául is the fifth top scorer in the Spanish League with 229 goals and the third in the history of the Champions League with 71 goals, only surpassed by Cristiano Roanaldo and Lionel Messi. In his entire club career he scored 384 goals, of which 324 were for Real Madrid. With the selection he scored 44 goals being the top scorer only behind David Villa.

At the collective level he won almost everything at the club level with the white team. Six leagues, three Champions (scoring in the final of two of them), four Spanish Super Cups, one European Super Cup, two Intercontinental Cups and also had titles with Schalke 04 lifting a Cup and a German Super Cup. All this earned him to be on the verge of winning the Ballon d'Or in 2001 when he was in second position behind Michael Owen.

David Villa, who could also have been selected as a forward or left winger, had a less prolific career at the club level but absolutely successful with the national team. The Asturian retired with a Champions League, three leagues, three cups, three Spanish Super Cups, a Club World Cup and a European Super Cup at club level and a European Cup in which he was the top scorer and a World Cup with Spain.

Regarding the number of goals Villa scored a total of 327 in all the clubs he was in, being 185 in the Spanish League and 14 in the Champions League. In the selection he finished with 59 goals, being the top scorer in history.

Finally, Paco Gento, who could enter the left winger position, has a record that is still valid today. The madridista is the only player to have won the top international competition six times. In his 18 seasons at Real Madrid, he also won 12 leagues, two cups and an Intercontinental Cup. He retired having scored 137 goals and being one of the footballers who formed a dream attack with players like Puskas and Di Stefano.

The three players have very successful careers that highlight that perhaps they deserved a place in the list of the best attackers in history. Among the 10 strikers, the player who screeches the most is Sandor Kocsis, who developed his career at Barcelona with whom he managed to be league and cup champion twice, scoring a total of 24 goals. He stood out especially in the Hungarian team together with Puskás, being the top scorer in the 54 World Cup with 11 goals and winning gold at the 1952 Olympic Games. A remarkable career but far from the one that Raúl or Villa had.

In the left winger position, which the three Spaniards could have entered, there are players like Dragan Dzajic or Oleg Blokhine. The first was the star of Red Star in the 60s and 70s and the second of Dinamo Kiev in the 70s and 80s, being 12 times the best player in his league and winning the Ballon d'Or in 1975. Both are two more unknown players for the general public and that it could be debatable that they were replaced by some of the Spaniards.

In no case is the presence of Raúl, Villa or Gento obligatory, but it is surprising when there are three of the regulars in the discussion for being the best Spanish player in history and in the list there are a total of eight Spaniards who are not them .

France Football's ideal eleven will be announced on December 17, once the best per position have been chosen. The votes of the 170 correspondents around the world will allow a legendary team made up of the best players in history. The one that will be named as Dream Team.

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