Villarreal Cf Best Players of All Time

Villarreal CF is one of the most prestigious football clubs in Spain. Founded in 1923, this club has a long and illustrious history that spans more than ninety years. The team hails from Villareal, located in Castellón province on the east coast of Spain, and they play their home games at Estadio de la Cerámica stadium. They currently compete in La Liga -the top flight Spanish Football League- where they have established themselves as a consistent contender for European competitions such as UEFA Champions League or Europa League qualifiers. With an experienced staff of players and coaches alike, Villarreal CF promises to be a force to be reckoned with for many seasons to come.

1. Gerard Moreno

Forward

Gerard Moreno Career

  • 2000–2001: Damm
  • 2001–2007: Espanyol
  • 2007–2010: Badalona
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2011: Villarreal C: 39: (34)
  • 2011–2013: Villarreal B: 29: (13)
  • 2012–2015: Villarreal: 40: (10)
  • 2013–2014: → Mallorca (loan): 31: (11)
  • 2015–2018: Espanyol: 107: (36)
  • 2018–: Villarreal: 128: (61)
  • 2019–: Spain: 17: (5)
  • 2014–: Catalonia: 3: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:37, 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 08:08, 3 September 2021 (UTC)

Gerard Moreno is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Villarreal. He was born on 7 April 1992 in Santa Perpètua, Spain and started his career at hometown club Damm.

In 2010, he joined Valencia and made an immediate impact, scoring 19 goals in 38 appearances during his first season with the club. His form attracted the attention of several top clubs and he moved to Barcelona in 2012 where he scored 43 goals over two seasons before moving back to Valencia in 2014.

He has since played for Villarreal, Atlético Madrid and Espanyol amongst others, proving himself as one of the best strikers in Europe throughout his career so far. Gerard made his international debut for Spain national team on 1 March 2017 against Italy coming off the bench to make an impact late into the game as part of Javier Martínez's starting line-up earning him Man Of The Match accolades from both media and fans alike across social media platforms worldwide [1] .

2. Bruno Soriano

Midfielder

Bruno Soriano Career

  • 1992–1993: Artana
  • 1993–1997: Betxí
  • 1997–2001: Villarreal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2001–2003: Artana: :
  • 2003–2005: Villarreal C: :
  • 2004–2007: Villarreal B: 57: (0)
  • 2006–2020: Villarreal: 324: (25)
  • Total: : 381: (25)
  • 2010–2016: Spain: 10: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Bruno Soriano is a Spanish defensive midfielder who has played for Villarreal and Arsenal. He was born in 1984, making him one of the older players on this list.

Soriano started his career with hometown club Artana before signing with Villarreal in 2004. With Villarreal, he won La Liga twice and the Copa del Rey once during his time there before moving to Arsenal in 2013 for £30 million ($40 million).

In England, Soriano helped them win the FA Cup and League Cup but struggled to replicate that form at Emirates Stadium as injuries caught up with him later on in his spell at the club Bruno Soriano is a Spanish footballer who plays for Villarreal as a defender.

He has played for La Liga side Villarreal and the Spain national team, making 10 appearances. Bruno Soriano joined Villarreal from Artana in 2001 and helped them win promotion to La Liga in 2003. In 2005 he moved on to Villarreal C but returned to the first-team in 2007 after injuries limited Diego Forlán at centre-back.

After being part of the squad which won back-to-back Europa League titles, Soriano signed with rivals Valencia CF in January 2019 until June 2020

3. Santi Cazorla

Midfielder

Santi Cazorla Career

  • 1992–1996: Covadonga
  • 1996–2003: Oviedo
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2003–2004: Villarreal B: 40: (4)
  • 2003–2006: Villarreal: 54: (2)
  • 2006–2007: Recreativo Huelva: 34: (5)
  • 2007–2011: Villarreal: 127: (23)
  • 2011–2012: Málaga: 38: (9)
  • 2012–2018: Arsenal: 129: (25)
  • 2018–2020: Villarreal: 70: (15)
  • 2020–: Al Sadd: 43: (21)
  • 2004–2006: Spain U21: 7: (0)
  • 2008–2019: Spain: 81: (15)

Santi Cazorla is a Spanish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Al Sadd. Cazorla began his career at Covadonga, before moving to Villarreal in 2003.

He spent six seasons with the club before joining Recreativo Huelva in 2007. After one season with Huelva, Cazorla joined Arsenal in 2012 and has since made over 200 appearances for the Gunners.

Santi Cazorla was born on December 13th 1984 in Llanera, Asturias, Spain and started playing football at a young age with local side Covadonga where he also played youth team football alongside future teammates Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski amongst others Cazorla represented Spain at under-21 level but never earned full international recognition until he made his senior debut against Slovakia in November 2006 when he featured 45 minutes off the bench His first start came against Cyprus just three days later scoring what proved to be the winning goal from outside of the box In total Santi has scored 20 goals from midfield during his time playing professionally including 5 league goals during his time with Villarreal B (2003–2004), 4 goals while still an Oviedo player (1996–2002) and 3 more while representing Recreativo Huelva (2007–2008).

On May 14th 2014 it was announced that Santi had signed a new contract extension which will keep him at Arsenal until 2019 making him one of only 2 players currently contracted to Arsenal past their 30’s meaning there is no possibility of him leaving unless both parties agree otherwise At 38 years old Santi remains relatively injury free having missed less than 10 games throughout his entire professional career although did miss 8 matches due to injury during 2013/14 campaign whilst featuring 41 times across all competitions helping Arsenal secure Champions League qualification

4. Giuseppe Rossi

Forward

Giuseppe Rossi Career

  • 1996–1999: Clifton Stallions
  • 2000–2004: Parma
  • 2004: Manchester United
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2004–2007: Manchester United: 5: (1)
  • 2006: → Newcastle United (loan): 11: (0)
  • 2007: → Parma (loan): 19: (9)
  • 2007–2013: Villarreal: 136: (54)
  • 2013–2017: Fiorentina: 34: (16)
  • 2016: → Levante (loan): 17: (6)
  • 2016–2017: → Celta (loan): 18: (4)
  • 2017–2018: Genoa: 9: (1)
  • 2020: Real Salt Lake: 7: (1)
  • 2021–2022: SPAL: 14: (3)
  • 2003: Italy U16: 5: (3)
  • 2003–2004: Italy U17: 14: (6)
  • 2004–2005: Italy U18: 3: (0)
  • 2006–2008: Italy U21: 16: (5)
  • 2008: Italy U23: 6: (6)
  • 2008–2014: Italy: 30: (7)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 6 May 2022

Giuseppe Rossi is a 35-year-old American forward who has played for Manchester United, Parma and Celta Vigo in his career. Giuseppe Rossi began his professional footballing career with the Clifton Stallions in 1996 before moving to Serie A side Parma two years later.

After spells at Manchester United and Fiorentina, Rossi joined Spanish side Celta Vigo in 2017. Giuseppe Rossi is known for his pace and ability on the wing as well as being an efficient finisher with either foot; he has scored 52 goals throughout his senior career so far.

Giuseppe Rossi was born on 1 February 1987 in Teaneck, New Jersey to Italian parents.[4] Giuseppe Rossi is a former Italian footballer who played as a striker. Giuseppe Rossi began his career at hometown club A.C. Milan, where he made over 100 appearances and scored 31 goals in all competitions between 2002 and 2004 before moving to Juventus for £11 million in 2005.

After two seasons with Juve, Rossi moved on loan to Spanish side Villarreal for the 2006–07 season, scoring 19 goals in 36 appearances including 10 against Real Madrid CF during La Liga's Champion's League campaign; this led to him being signed by Villarreal permanently that summer for €32 million (£25million). Whilst at Villarrela, Giuseppe Rossi also spent time on loan at Parma (2007) and Fiorentina (2008), helping the latter finish third in Serie A; after leaving Fiorentina in 2009 he joined Levante followed by Celta de Vigo later that year but failed to score any goals from open play during his time there respectively despite amassing 18 assists throughout his four-year spell abroad...

5. Samuel Chukwueze

Midfielder

Samuel Chukwueze Career

  • : Future Hope
  • : New Generation Academy
  • 2012–2017: Diamond Football Academy
  • 2017–2018: Villarreal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018: Villarreal B: 20: (4)
  • 2018–: Villarreal: 133: (16)
  • 2015: Nigeria U17: 7: (3)
  • 2018–: Nigeria: 25: (4)

Samuel Chukwueze is a Nigerian winger who currently plays for Villarreal. He joined the club's youth setup in 2012 and made his senior debut in 2017. The 20-year-old has represented Nigeria at under-20 level and was part of the team that finished runners up at the 2018 U20 World Cup.

Samuel is also known for his speed, which he demonstrated during a match against Valencia last season when he ran past three players on one play alone Samuel Chukwueze is a talented footballer who has played for Villarreal since the 2018-19 season. He has represented Nigeria at both youth and senior levels, and was part of their Africa Cup of Nations squad in 2019.

Samuel is known as an attacking midfielder with good passing skills, which makes him a useful player on the pitch. He is also capable of scoring goals, having scored four times in 20 appearances for Villarreal so far this season alone.

6. Pepe Reina

Goalkeeper

Pepe Reina Career

  • 1988–1995: EF Madrid Oeste
  • 1995–1999: Barcelona
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1999: Barcelona C: 3: (0)
  • 1999–2000: Barcelona B: 41: (0)
  • 2000–2002: Barcelona: 30: (0)
  • 2002–2005: Villarreal: 109: (0)
  • 2005–2014: Liverpool: 285: (0)
  • 2013–2014: → Napoli (loan): 30: (0)
  • 2014–2015: Bayern Munich: 3: (0)
  • 2015–2018: Napoli: 111: (0)
  • 2018–2020: AC Milan: 5: (0)
  • 2020: → Aston Villa (loan): 12: (0)
  • 2020–2022: Lazio: 44: (0)
  • 2022–: Villarreal: 2: (0)
  • 1998–1999: Spain U16: 9: (0)
  • 1999: Spain U17: 2: (0)
  • 2000: Spain U18: 2: (0)
  • 2000–2003: Spain U21: 20: (0)
  • 2005–2017: Spain: 36: (0)

Pepe Reina is a Spanish goalkeeper who currently plays for Villarreal. Pepe Reina started his career with EF Madrid Oeste before joining Barcelona in 1999.

During his time at Barcelona, Pepe Reina made 30 appearances and helped the club win La Liga and the Champions League in 2002. After leaving Barcelona, Pepe Reina joined Valencia where he spent two seasons before moving to Villarreal in 2007.

At Villarreal, Pepe has been an ever-present fixture and helped them reach the UEFA Europa League final in 2017–18 season where they lost to Ajax Amsterdam on penalties Pepe Reina is a Spanish goalkeeper who has played for Villarreal and Liverpool.

He was part of the Spain team that won the World Cup in 2006. Pepe Reina has also represented Spain at Euro 2004, 2010 and 2012. In 2013, he signed on loan to Napoli where he helped them win Serie A title that year as well as being named the league's best player of the season.

Pepe Reina joined Bayern Munich in 2014 but only stayed with them for three seasons before moving to AC Milan on a permanent deal in 2018. At age 38 years old, Pepe Reina is still playing professional football and looks set to continue doing so for many more years to come.

7. Alfonso Pedraza

Midfielder

Alfonso Pedraza Career

  • : Séneca
  • 2011–2015: Villarreal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015: Villarreal C: 1: (0)
  • 2015–2016: Villarreal B: 41: (7)
  • 2015–: Villarreal: 107: (8)
  • 2016–2017: → Lugo (loan): 23: (6)
  • 2017: → Leeds United (loan): 14: (1)
  • 2017–2018: → Alavés (loan): 33: (3)
  • 2019–2020: → Betis (loan): 21: (1)
  • 2015: Spain U19: 7: (3)
  • 2016–2019: Spain U21: 14: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:27, 7 January 2023 (UTC)

Alfonso Pedraza is a Spanish winger who joined Villarreal from Séneca in January 2018. He made his La Liga debut for the Yellow Submarine in a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on 10 February 2018, coming on as a late substitute.

Alfonso Pedraza has represented Spain at U16, U17 and U19 level before making his full international debut against Macedonia in October 2017. Alfonso Pedraza is highly regarded within Villarreal's academy having emerged through their ranks and progressed through the team system to first-team football Alfonso Pedraza is a Spanish footballer who plays as a forward for Villarreal.

Alfonso Pedraza started his career with Osasuna before moving to Villarreal in 2011. Alfonso Pedraza has been an important part of the Villarreal team over the past few seasons, scoring goals and providing assists on occasions. Alfonso Pedraza was called up by Spain U21s in 2016 and has since made 14 appearances for them, scoring seven times along the way. Alfonso Pedraza is expected to continue playing for Villarreal until at least 2020 after signing a new contract earlier this year

8. Giovani Lo Celso

Midfielder

Giovani Lo Celso Career

  • 2010–2015: Rosario Central
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–2016: Rosario Central: 27: (2)
  • 2016–2019: Paris Saint-Germain: 38: (4)
  • 2016: → Rosario Central (loan): 9: (1)
  • 2018–2019: → Real Betis (loan): 27: (8)
  • 2019–2020: Real Betis: 5: (1)
  • 2019–2020: → Tottenham Hotspur (loan): 14: (0)
  • 2020–: Tottenham Hotspur: 41: (1)
  • 2022–: → Villarreal (loan): 24: (2)
  • 2016: Argentina Olympic: 3: (0)
  • 2017–: Argentina: 41: (2)

Giovani Lo Celso is a central midfielder who currently plays for Villarreal on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. He was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1996 and started his career with local side Rosario Central before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.

Giovani Lo Celso has made 38 appearances for PSG since joining the club, scoring two goals. After struggling to break into the first team at PSG, he joined Villarreal on loan earlier this year and has impressed so far. Giovani Lo Celso is known for his tenacity and hard work off the ball which have seen him become an important part of Villarreal's midfield over the past few months.

He is set to continue playing for them until 2020 when he will return to Spurs after completing his loan spell at Villareal Giovani Lo Celso is a talented, young Argentine midfielder who has been impressing for club and country in recent seasons. He began his career with River Plate before joining La Liga side Betis in 2018 on loan. The 20-year-old made an immediate impact at the Estadio Benito Villamarín, scoring eight goals in 27 appearances during the 2018–19 season.

Giovani then joined Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on loan for the 2019–20 campaign, where he helped them reach the UEFA Cup of Champions final against Valencia. He returned to Betis ahead of their 2020–21 La Liga season and has since scored 41 times in all competitions - including two goals in 24 appearances for Villarreal on loan this term - helping them secure a spot back in Europe's top competition next season. With Argentina currently competing at the FIFA World Cup, Giovani will be hoping to feature prominently as they look to seal a place among footballing greats come July.

9. Juan Román Riquelme

Juan Román Riquelme Career

  • 1992–1996: Argentinos Juniors
  • 1996: Boca Juniors
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1996–2002: Boca Juniors: 151: (38)
  • 2002–2005: Barcelona: 30: (11)
  • 2003–2005: → Villarreal (loan): 68: (23)
  • 2005–2007: Villarreal: 38: (13)
  • 2007: → Boca Juniors (loan): 15: (2)
  • 2007–2014: Boca Juniors: 126: (24)
  • 2014–2015: Argentinos Juniors: 15: (3)
  • Total: : 443: (106)
  • 1997–1998: Argentina U20: 21: (7)
  • 2000: Argentina U23: 3: (1)
  • 2008: Argentina Olympic (O.P.): 6: (1)
  • 1997–2008: Argentina: 51: (17)

Riquelme is a former Argentine footballer who most notably played for Barcelona and Boca Juniors. Riquelme started his career at Argentinos Juniors before moving to Boca Juniors in 1996.

He was part of the Argentina squad that won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, as well as helping Barcelona win La Liga and Copa del Rey titles during his time with them. In 2002, he moved to Barcelona where he spent three seasons before returning to Boca Juniors in 2005.

After retiring from football, Riquelme took up a role as vice-president of Boca Juniors in 2015. Juan Román Riquelme was born on 24 June 1978 in San Fernando, Argentina.[1] He began playing football at an early age for local club San Fernando.[2] He then transferred to Argentinos juniors[3], making his professional debut aged 17 years and 349 days against Racing Club de Avellaneda on 15 October 1995,[4][5] becoming one of only two players ever to make their senior debut for both clubs (the other being Carlos Tevez).

On 18 January 1998,[6][7] while still registered with Argentinos juniatrics[8], he made his international début for Argentina coming off the bench against Paraguay; it would be his last game for "La Albicela" until 2001 when he re-joined them after spending six months out with injury due to an operation on a hernia suffered earlier that year whilst training with Manchester United.[9]. In total, between 1994 and 2006 (excluding injuries), Riquelme featured in 151 matches scoring 38 goals.(10) Winning championships including 3 league titles (1998–99,[11], 2001–02,[12], 2003–04)[13]), 2 Spanish Cups (2001 [14]) 1 European Cup Winners' Cup (2003)[15]), 1 Intercontinental Cup[16],[17](with Barça) 7 Copa Libertadores trophies(1999 [18], 2004 [19], 2005 [20]; 2007 Runner Up; 2008 Finalist; 2009 Winner; 2010 Semi-Finalist&2011 Quarterfinalist), 4 UCL finals/Champions League semi-finals: 1997 Champions League finalists & runners up alongside Ronaldo – together they became known as The Magic Team – losing 0—1 vs Milan which led Messi's agent Jorge Mas

10. Joan Capdevila

Defender

Joan Capdevila Career

  • : Tàrrega
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1996–1997: Tàrrega: 34: (3)
  • 1997–1998: Espanyol B: 45: (4)
  • 1998–1999: Espanyol: 29: (4)
  • 1999–2000: Atlético Madrid: 31: (2)
  • 2000–2007: Deportivo La Coruña: 179: (15)
  • 2007–2011: Villarreal: 140: (15)
  • 2011–2012: Benfica: 5: (0)
  • 2012–2014: Espanyol: 31: (0)
  • 2014: NorthEast United: 12: (0)
  • 2015: Lierse: 4: (0)
  • 2016–2017: Santa Coloma: 2: (2)
  • Total: : 512: (45)
  • 1998–2000: Spain U21: 13: (0)
  • 2000: Spain U23: 4: (0)
  • 2002–2011: Spain: 60: (4)
  • 2002–2013: Catalonia: 10: (0)

Joan Capdevila is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a left back for La Liga club Villarreal. He began his career with hometown team Tàrrega, before moving to Espanyol in 1997.

After two years at Atlético Madrid, he joined Deportivo La Coruña in 2000 and made over 150 appearances for the club over the next eleven seasons. In 2007, he transferred to Villarreal where he won five trophies including La Liga titles in 2011 and 2012; additionally, he reached the semi-finals of the Champions League twice (in 2010 and 2013).

Capdevila made his debut for Spain on 8 October 2002 against Scotland and has since earned 46 caps, scoring one goal.[1] He represented Europe at both Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006 without ever qualifying for either tournament finals [2]. Joan Capdevila was born on October 17, 1984 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Joan started playing football at a young age and represented Spain at youth level before making his debut for the senior side in 2002.

During his time with Catalonia, Joan won 10 caps and scored two goals. In 2010, Joan joined Barcelona where he spent six seasons before joining Espanyol in 2012 as their new captain. Since leaving Espanyol at the end of the 2017-2018 season, Joan has been without a club and is currently looking for a new challenge abroad . At international level, Joan has played 60 times and won four medals including three European Championship medals (2008/2010/2012) as well as one World Cup medal (2010).

11. Pau Torres

Defender

Pau Torres Career

  • 2002–2016: Villarreal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2016–2018: Villarreal B: 59: (2)
  • 2017–: Villarreal: 117: (9)
  • 2018–2019: → Málaga (loan): 38: (1)
  • 2018: Spain U21: 1: (0)
  • 2021: Spain U23: 7: (0)
  • 2019–: Spain: 23: (1)

Torres is a centre-back who joined Villarreal from Villarreal B in 2016. Torres made his senior debut for Villarreal in 2018 and has since played 59 games for the club, scoring 2 goals.

Torres was born in 1997 and started playing football at youth level with Villarreal. Torres has represented Spain at under-17, under-19, under-21, and senior levels. Torres signed a new contract with Villaareal in January 2019 which runs until 2021 Pau Torres is a Spanish international footballer who currently plays for Villarreal.

Torres has represented Spain at both the U21 and senior levels, going on to win silverware with the latter in 2019. Born in Málaga, Torres began his career with local side CD Málaga before joining Villarreal in 2017. Known as a defensive midfielder or centre back by many, Torres has amassed 117 appearances for Villarreal across all competitions - including one loan spell at fellow La Liga side Málaga last season.

12. Moi Gómez

Midfielder

Moi Gómez Career

  • 2009–2010: Alicante
  • 2010–2011: Villarreal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011: Villarreal C: 7: (3)
  • 2011–2013: Villarreal B: 33: (4)
  • 2011–2016: Villarreal: 76: (7)
  • 2015–2016: → Getafe (loan): 22: (2)
  • 2016–2019: Sporting Gijón: 47: (3)
  • 2018–2019: → Huesca (loan): 53: (3)
  • 2019–2022: Villarreal: 101: (11)
  • 2022–: Osasuna: 12: (1)
  • 2009: Spain U16: 3: (0)
  • 2011: Spain U17: 3: (1)
  • 2012: Spain U18: 2: (0)
  • 2013: Spain U19: 8: (1)
  • 2014–2015: Spain U21: 3: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:03, 30 October 2022 (UTC)

Moi Gómez is a Spanish attacking midfielder who currently plays for Osasuna. He has previously played for Alicante and Villarreal in the Spanish La Liga.

Moi Gómez was born on 23 June 1994 in Rojales, Spain. At 1.76 m (5 ft 9in), he is tall for an attacking midfielder and his dribbling skills make him difficult to mark.

Moi Gómez made his senior debut with Osasuna in 2016 and has since been a regular starter under manager David Moyes, contributing six goals during the 2018–19 season so far.

A product of Villarreal's youth system, Moi Gómez made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old in 2009 and went on to make 84 appearances over four seasons before joining Alicante in 2010 where he scored nine times in 92 appearances across two seasons combined before signing for Osasuna ahead of the 2015–16 campaign

13. Jaume Costa

Defender

Jaume Costa Career

  • : Valencia
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2007–2010: Valencia B: 71: (4)
  • 2009–2010: → Cádiz (loan): 15: (0)
  • 2010–2012: Villarreal B: 65: (3)
  • 2012–2021: Villarreal: 211: (5)
  • 2019–2020: → Valencia (loan): 19: (0)
  • 2021–: Mallorca: 36: (0)
  • 2004: Spain U16: 4: (0)
  • 2004–2005: Spain U17: 5: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:27, 9 November 2022 (UTC)

Costa is a left-back who has played for Mallorca since 2013. He was born in Valencia, Spain and started his career with local side CD Alcoyano. Costa made his senior debut with Valencia CF in 2007 before spending three seasons with Atlético Madrid's B team.

After leaving Atlético Madrid, Costa spent two seasons on loan at Racing Santander (where he won the Copa del Rey) and then one season apiece at Getafe CF and Villarreal CF before joining Mallorca permanently in 2013. Costa has represented Spain at under-21 level, but did not make an appearance at full international level until 2015 when he appeared as a substitute against Wales in a Euro 2016 qualifier..

In 2017, after five years playing for Mallorca without ever featuring in Europe or winning any silverware, Jaume moved to newly promoted Huesca FC on a two-year contract

14. Manu Trigueros

Midfielder

Manu Trigueros Career

  • : Talavera
  • 2007–2008: Barcelona
  • 2008–2010: Murcia
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2010: Murcia B: 10: (1)
  • 2010–2011: Villarreal C: 36: (6)
  • 2011–2012: Villarreal B: 26: (3)
  • 2012–: Villarreal: 337: (25)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:26, 7 January 2023 (UTC)

Manu Trigueros is a Spanish midfielder who currently plays for Villarreal. He has previously played for Barcelona and Real Madrid, winning La Liga titles with both clubs.

In 2011, he signed for Villarreal from Zaragoza and has since made over 150 appearances for the club in all competitions. Trigueros was part of Spain's Euro 2016 squad but did not make an appearance during the tournament due to injury.

He is also a regular member of the Spain national team, having made over 50 appearances since his debut in 2010 Manu Trigueros is a talented footballer who has played for Barcelona, Murcia and Villarreal. He started his career at Barcelona where he made 10 appearances in league play and 1 appearance in the Copa del Rey.

After leaving Barcelona, Manu signed with Murcia where he scored 36 goals over two seasons before departing for Villarreal. At Villarreal, Manu became one of the most prolific scorers in La Liga history while helping them to promotion to the Premier League twice (2011-2012 and 2012-2013). In January of 2019, it was announced that Manu had retired from football due to injury sustained during preseason training with his current team - Valencia CF - but still remains an ambassador for both clubs he’s represented throughout his career.

15. Raúl Albiol

Defender

Raúl Albiol Career

  • 1994–1996: Ribarroja
  • 1996–1997: Vilamarxant
  • 1997–2003: Valencia
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2003–2004: Valencia B: 35: (2)
  • 2004–2009: Valencia: 131: (5)
  • 2004–2005: → Getafe (loan): 17: (1)
  • 2009–2013: Real Madrid: 81: (1)
  • 2013–2019: Napoli: 180: (6)
  • 2019–: Villarreal: 114: (1)
  • 2004: Spain U19: 7: (0)
  • 2003–2005: Spain U20: 4: (0)
  • 2005–2006: Spain U21: 7: (0)
  • 2007–: Spain: 58: (0)

Albiol is a Spanish defender who most recently played for Villarreal. Albiol has represented Valencia, Ribarroja and Vilamarxant in his career. Albiol was born on September 4th 1985 in Vilamarcaant, Spain[4].

Albiol made his senior debut with Valencia in 2003 and went on to play 131 games for the club over five seasons before joining Villarreal in 2009 as part of a transfer worth £5 million.[5] In 2018, Albiol won the La Liga title with Villarreal after beating Barcelona 1-0 at the final stage.[6] At 37 years old, Albiol is now one of the oldest players still playing top-level football regularly.[7] Albiol started his career at Getafe and spent most of his time there on loan.

Albiol joined Real Madrid in 2009 and was a key player for the club that won three league titles between 2013-2019. Albiol has also played for Napoli, Villarreal and Spain internationally over the years, winning medals with all 3 clubs.

16. Dani Parejo

Midfielder

Dani Parejo Career

  • 1998–2000: Coslada
  • 2000–2003: Espinilla
  • 2003–2006: Real Madrid
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2006–2008: Real Madrid B: 37: (11)
  • 2008–2009: Real Madrid: 5: (0)
  • 2008: → Queens Park Rangers (loan): 14: (0)
  • 2009–2011: Getafe: 64: (9)
  • 2011–2020: Valencia: 282: (54)
  • 2020–: Villarreal: 85: (5)
  • 2007–2008: Spain U19: 13: (3)
  • 2009: Spain U20: 11: (1)
  • 2008–2011: Spain U21: 19: (5)
  • 2018–2019: Spain: 4: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:09, 7 January 2023 (UTC)

Dani Parejo was born on April 16th, 1989 in Coslada, Spain. He started his career at hometown club Coslada before moving to Espinilla. Dani Parejo joined Villarreal in the summer of 2017 and has since become a regular starter for the team.

Dani Parejo is best known for his defensive midfield play and possesses great passing ability. At 33 years old, Dani Parejo still has plenty of potential to improve as a player and could be an important part of Villarreal's future success Dani Parejo started his career at Real Madrid, where he made 137 appearances and scored 11 goals.

In 2008, Dani Parejo joined Queens Park Rangers on loan and went on to make 14 appearances for the club before returning to Real Madrid in 2009. Dani Parejo spent three seasons with Getafe before joining Valencia in 2011. He has since made 282 appearances and 54 goals for the Spanish side. Dani Parejo has also represented Spain at U19 level as well as U20 level, scoring 13 times in total during his international career so far

17. Víctor Ruiz

Defender

Víctor Ruiz Career

  • 1998–2002: Barcelona
  • 2002–2006: Cornellà
  • 2006–2008: Espanyol
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2008–2010: Espanyol B: 44: (0)
  • 2009–2011: Espanyol: 37: (2)
  • 2011: Napoli: 6: (0)
  • 2011–2015: Valencia: 59: (1)
  • 2014–2015: → Villarreal (loan): 25: (0)
  • 2015–2019: Villarreal: 112: (3)
  • 2019–2020: Beşiktaş: 23: (0)
  • 2020–: Betis: 45: (2)
  • 2006: Spain U17: 1: (0)
  • 2007–2008: Spain U19: 3: (0)
  • 2010–2011: Spain U21: 5: (0)
  • 2012: Spain U23: 1: (0)
  • 2010: Catalonia: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12:03, 29 July 2022 (UTC)

Víctor Ruiz is a Spanish centre-back who currently plays for Betis. He began his career at Barcelona, before moving to Espanyol in 2006. In 2008 he joined Cornellà and helped them win promotion to La Liga that season.

Ruiz made his debut for Spain in 2009 and has since gone on to represent his country at various international tournaments including the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. He signed with Betis in 2013 and has quickly become a key part of the club's defence, helping them reach the Copa del Rey final this year as well as their first ever Champions League group stage appearance Victor Ruiz is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Villarreal CF as a central defender.

Victor was born on the 18th of December, 1991 in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. He started playing football with local side CD Zenit de Huesca before joining Espanyol B in 2008 at the age of 17 and made his senior team debut just 2 years later. In 2011 he joined Napoli but only played 6 games before moving to Valencia in 2014 where he would spend 5 seasons before signing for Villarreal on loan in January 2019. Victor has represented Spain at U17, U19 and U21 level making him one of the most capped players at that level behind only Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique respectively.

With 112 La Liga appearances under his belt (including 3 Champions League matches), it's safe to say that Victor is an experienced player both domestically and internationally which should help him settle into life with Betis next season after leaving Valencia earlier this year..

18. Diego López

Goalkeeper

Diego López Career

  • 1990–1994: Sarriana
  • 1994–1999: Lugo
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1999–2000: Lugo: 2: (0)
  • 2000–2003: Real Madrid C: 62: (0)
  • 2001–2002: → Alcorcón (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2003–2005: Real Madrid B: 41: (0)
  • 2005–2007: Real Madrid: 2: (0)
  • 2007–2012: Villarreal: 171: (0)
  • 2012–2013: Sevilla: 8: (0)
  • 2013–2014: Real Madrid: 52: (0)
  • 2014–2017: Milan: 36: (0)
  • 2016–2017: → Espanyol (loan): 35: (0)
  • 2017–2022: Espanyol: 160: (0)
  • 2022–: Rayo Vallecano: 1: (0)
  • 2009: Spain: 1: (0)
  • 2005–2007: Galicia: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:12, 08 October 2022 (UTC)

Diego López is a Spanish goalkeeper who currently plays for Rayo Vallecano. Diego Lopez started his career at Sarriana before moving to Lugo in 1994. Lopez made his La Liga debut with Valencia in 2002 and won the Copa del Rey that season as well as the UEFA Cup in 2004 while playing for Valencia.

In 2007, he signed for Atlético Madrid and helped them win both the Europa League and La Liga that year; he also played in the Champions League final against Chelsea that year, but lost 1-0 after extra time. In 2009, Diego joined Barcelona where he spent three seasons before joining Real Madrid on a free transfer in 2013; during this time, he also won two more titles with Los Blancos –the Copa del Rey (2014) and FIFA Club World Cup (2015).

After one season back with Atlético Madrid, Lopez rejoined Barcelona once again on 1 July 2017; however only lasted until December of the same year when it was announced that he would be leaving Barça at the end of his contract which expired on 30 June 2018.[2] On 14 January 2019,[3] it was announced by Rayo Vallecano[4]that Diego had signed an 18-month contract extension until 30 June 2020[5].

19. Mario Gaspar

Defender

Mario Gaspar Career

  • : Villarreal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2007–2008: Villarreal C: 15: (1)
  • 2008–2011: Villarreal B: 79: (0)
  • 2009–2022: Villarreal: 337: (10)
  • 2022–: Watford: 19: (0)
  • 2008–2009: Spain U19: 13: (2)
  • 2009: Spain U20: 1: (0)
  • 2011: Spain U21: 2: (0)
  • 2015–2016: Spain: 3: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:44, 7 January 2023 (UTC)

Mario Gaspar is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Watford in the English Premier League. He began his career at Villarreal and made over 150 appearances for them before moving to England in 2017.

Mario Gaspar has played mainly as a right-back but can also play as a central defender or midfielders when required. He was part of the Spain under-21 team that reached the semi-finals of the European Championships in 2016 and he has since represented his country at senior level on multiple occasions, most notably at Euro 2020 where they reached the final where they lost to Portugal Mario Gaspar is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Watford in the Premier League.

He started his career at Villarreal, before moving to Watford in 2015. Gaspar has made 337 appearances for Villarreal and Spain, scoring 10 goals. In international play he has represented Spain on three occasions, most notably during their successful U21 campaign in2015-16

20. Robert Pires

Midfielder

Robert Pires Career

  • 1989–1992: Reims
  • 1992–1993: Metz
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1993–1998: Metz: 162: (43)
  • 1998–2000: Marseille: 66: (8)
  • 2000–2006: Arsenal: 189: (62)
  • 2006–2010: Villarreal: 103: (13)
  • 2010–2011: Aston Villa: 9: (0)
  • 2014–2015: FC Goa: 8: (1)
  • Total: : 537: (127)
  • 1995–1996: France U21: 12: (5)
  • 1996–2004: France: 79: (14)

Robert Pires was born and raised in Reims, France. He started his career at hometown club Reims before moving to Metz in 1993. After two seasons with Metz, Pires signed for Marseille where he scored 66 goals over six years from 1998-2000.

In 2000, Pires moved to Arsenal where he played 189 games and won the Premier League title twice (2002–03 and 2005–06). 5. In 2006, Pires joined Spanish side Villarreal where he spent five successful seasons before retiring in 2010 at the age of 37 due to injury problems.

Robert is now a TV pundit for French television channel TF1 as well as an ambassador for several charities including UNICEF UK[4]. Robert has three children - sons Thierry Jr., Benjamin and daughter Lila - with wife Sylvie.[5] On 11 December 2017, it was announced that Robert had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia,[6] but recovered after undergoing chemotherapy treatment.[7][8]

21. Alberto Moreno

Defender

Alberto Moreno Career

  • 2004–2011: Sevilla
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2013: Sevilla Atlético: 49: (7)
  • 2012–2014: Sevilla: 45: (3)
  • 2014–2019: Liverpool: 90: (3)
  • 2019–: Villarreal: 55: (3)
  • 2013: Spain U21: 10: (0)
  • 2013–2017: Spain: 4: (0)

Moreno started his senior career at Sevilla, playing over 150 games for the club before moving to Liverpool in 2017. Moreno is a left-back and has been an important player for Villarreal since joining the club in 2018.

Moreno has represented Spain at youth level, winning silver medals with the under-21 team at the European Championships in 2013 and 2015 as well as gold medals at U20 World Cup in 2011 and U19 European Championship in 2007.

Moreno is a central defender who has spent his entire career with Spanish club Sevilla. He made his international debut for Spain in 2013 and has since played at U21 level as well as representing the senior side on several occasions.

A hard-working defender, Moreno is known for being extremely vocal on the pitch and often gets involved in physical confrontations with opponents. With Liverpool, he won three Premier League titles (2015, 2017, 2018) and was also part of the team that reached the Champions League final in 2019.

At Villarreal he has helped them to win back-to-back La Liga titles and cup competitions including Europe's top competition UEFA Europa League twice (2017–18, 2019–20).

22. Yéremy Pino

Yéremy Pino Career

  • : Barrio Atlántico
  • 2011–2014: Huracán
  • 2014–2017: Las Palmas
  • 2017–2019: Villarreal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2019–2020: Villarreal C: 20: (3)
  • 2020–: Villarreal: 70: (11)
  • 2018: Spain U16: 5: (1)
  • 2018–2019: Spain U17: 18: (2)
  • 2019–2020: Spain U18: 9: (2)
  • 2021–: Spain U21: 6: (3)
  • 2021–: Spain: 7: (1)

Yeremy is a forward who currently plays for Villarreal CF. Yéremy made his professional debut with Huracán in 2011 and spent two seasons there before joining Las Palmas the following year.

He joined Villarreal in 2017 and has since made over 100 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals. Yéremy represented Spain at youth level, winning titles at under-16 and under-17 levels before making his senior international debut in 2018.

In 2019, he helped Spain win their first ever UEFA European Championship title Pino is a versatile defender who can play both as a centre-back and on the left side of midfield. He started his career at hometown club Villarreal, before moving to Spain's top division with Valencia in 2018.

Pino made his international debut for Spain in 2018, playing at UEFA Nations League matches against Italy and Croatia later that year. In 2019 he joined La Liga leaders Barcelona on loan, making 17 appearances and scoring two goals before returning to Villarreal earlier this year. Pino has represented Spain at Under-16 level, U17s, U18s and U21s levels; he was part of the team that reached the final of the UEFA European Championship in 2020 where they were beaten by Portugal

23. Rodri

Midfielder

Rodri Career

Rodri is a 26-year old Spanish midfielder who currently plays for Manchester City. Rodri first came to prominence at Rayo Majadahonda, playing in the 2006–2007 season before moving on to Atlético Madrid and Villarreal later that decade.

He made his senior international debut for Spain in 2019, appearing as a substitute against Estonia. In 2015, Rodri was signed by Manchester City from Villarreal and has since played over 150 games for the club across all competitions including two Premier League titles and one FA Cup triumph Rodri is a Spanish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Villarreal and the Spain national team.

Rodri made his senior debut for Spain in 2018, and has since gone on to make 39 appearances for them over two years. In 2019, he signed with Manchester City in England, becoming their first signing of the new season. Rodri started his career at hometown club Atlético Madrid before moving to Villarreal in 2016. He has represented Spain at various youth levels, including Under-16s and Under-19s teams that reached the UEFA Nations League final competition in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

At international level, Rodri has also been called up by Fernando Hierro for several Euro qualifiers but never played a game due to injury or suspension

24. Étienne Capoue

Midfielder

Étienne Capoue Career

  • 1995–2002: Niort
  • 2002–2004: Chauray
  • 2004–2005: Angers
  • 2005–2007: Toulouse
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2007–2013: Toulouse: 174: (13)
  • 2013–2015: Tottenham Hotspur: 24: (1)
  • 2015–2021: Watford: 167: (9)
  • 2021–: Villarreal: 57: (2)
  • 2008–2010: France U21: 13: (0)
  • 2012–2013: France: 7: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:35, 31 December 2022 (UTC)

Capoue is a French defensive midfielder who currently plays for Villarreal. Capoue was born on July 11, 1988 in Niort, France. Capoue began his career with Toulouse before moving to Villarreal in 2016.

Capoue has made over 100 appearances for Villarreal and earned three Ligue 1 titles (2017-2018, 2019-2020). In 2020, Étienne Capoue signed with Spanish club Alaves until the end of the season. Belgium and Ivory Coast citizenship.[4] Capoue is a French international footballer who plays for Watford and the France national team.

Capoue started his career at Niort, before moving to Chauray in 2002. He played for Angers from 2004-2005, before joining Tottenham Hotspur in 2005 where he made 24 appearances over two seasons. In 2007, he joined English club Toulouse where he has since won 167 caps and 13 goals over nine seasons. After being released by Spurs in 2013, Capoue signed with Spanish side Villarreal until 2021.

In 2008, Étienne made his debut for the France U21 team and went on to make thirteen appearances between 2008-2010; including three games at the 2010 World Cup finals tournament in South Africa which France reached the semi-finals of. At present (23:35 31/12/2022 UTC),Étienne Capoue has 57 caps and 2 goals for La Roja – making him their third most capped player of all time behind only Sergio Ramos & Andres Iniesta.

25. Marcos Senna

Midfielder

Marcos Senna Career

  • 1994–1997: Rio Branco-SP
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1997–1999: Rio Branco-SP: 39: (12)
  • 1998: → América-SP (loan): 4: (0)
  • 1999–2001: Corinthians: 43: (1)
  • 2001: Juventude: 14: (1)
  • 2002: São Caetano: 0: (0)
  • 2002–2013: Villarreal: 292: (25)
  • 2013–2015: New York Cosmos: 55: (13)
  • Total: : 443: (51)
  • 2006–2010: Spain: 28: (1)

Senna is one of the most successful Formula One drivers in history, with nine world championships and 38 Grand Prix victories. He began his career at Rio Branco-SP before moving to América-SP in 1998 on a loan deal.

Senna became world champion for the first time in 1997 with América-SP but he later left the team to join McLaren GP. In 1999 he won his second title with McLaren GP, as well as clinching four other podium finishes en route to victory – this remains an F1 record for most points scored by a driver in one season.

After two years with Ferrari (where he finished third overall), Senna signed for Williams FW31 ahead of the 2003 season and went on to win eight more races during his time there, including three consecutive titles from 2004 until 2006 . In 2007 , after seven seasons driving for Renault F1 Team, Senna announced his retirement from competitive motorsport at the end of that year's championship campaign; however he has since made occasional appearances at various events across several racing series throughout 2018/19 .

At 46 years old, Marcos Antônio Senna da Silva still holds records for being one of Formula One's oldest ever race winners - making him only surpassed by Michael Schumacher - and also currently holds fourth place all-time in terms of race starts behind Nigel Mansell , Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost .

26. Gerónimo Rulli

Goalkeeper

Gerónimo Rulli Career

  • 2009–2011: Estudiantes
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2014: Estudiantes: 50: (0)
  • 2014–2016: Deportivo Maldonado: 0: (0)
  • 2014–2016: → Real Sociedad (loan): 58: (0)
  • 2016–2017: Manchester City: 0: (0)
  • 2016–2017: → Real Sociedad (loan): 38: (0)
  • 2017–2020: Real Sociedad: 53: (0)
  • 2019–2020: → Montpellier (loan): 25: (0)
  • 2020–2023: Villarreal: 47: (0)
  • 2023–: Ajax: 0: (0)
  • 2016: Argentina Olympic (O.P.): 6: (0)
  • 2018–: Argentina: 4: (0)

Gerónimo Rulli is a goalkeeper who currently plays for Ajax. He has played for both Deportivo Maldonado and Real Sociedad in his career so far, although he spent the majority of his time on loan at Real Sociedad.

Rulli made his debut with Estudiantes in 2009 before spending four seasons with them, including two as first-choice keeper. He then joined Deportivo Maldonado but failed to make an impact there and moved back to Spain in 2016 to joinReal Sociedad on a season-long loan deal.

As a result of his performances during that spell, he was signed permanently by the club later that year and has since continued to be their number one goalkeeper. Gerónimo Rulli is a versatile Argentine defender who can play at left back, center back, or defensive midfield.

He made his professional debut with River Plate in 2013 and has since played for several other clubs in Argentina and Europe. Rulli was called up to the Argentina national team in 2016 but only featured in six matches before taking part in the Olympic games that year. In 2018 he signed with Ajax Amsterdam and helped them win the Eredivisie title that season as well as their first ever UEFA Cup of Champions trophy.

He is currently on loan at Real Sociedad where he will continue to compete in La Liga this season. Rulli has represented Argentina at both youth levels (U-17 & U-20) as well as senior level (Olympic).

27. Arnaut Danjuma

Forward

Arnaut Danjuma Career

  • 2008: TOP Oss
  • 2008–2016: PSV
  • 2016–2017: NEC
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015: Jong PSV: 1: (0)
  • 2016–2018: NEC: 40: (12)
  • 2018–2019: Club Brugge: 21: (5)
  • 2019–2021: AFC Bournemouth: 47: (15)
  • 2021–: Villarreal: 33: (12)
  • 2018: Netherlands U21: 4: (2)
  • 2018–: Netherlands: 6: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:25, 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 26 March 2022 (UTC)

Arnaut Danjuma is a Dutch-Nigerian winger who has been with Villarreal since the summer of 2018. He started his career at TOP Oss before moving to AZ Alkmaar in 2016 and then onto Villarreal in Spain.

In total, Arnaut has made 91 appearances for three different clubs across Europe - impressive figures for such a young player. Arnaut's versatility on the wing means that he can play as either an attacking midfielder or out wide on the left side of a 4-4-2 formation.

He has also represented Netherlands U21s and Nigeria at Under 20 level, scoring six times in 14 appearances during this time frame including two goals during qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2019 tournament in Russia which Nigerians reached the semi finals of. Arnaut is highly rated within Spanish football circles and could well have international aspirations after making such progress at junior levels already; we will see what happens next year.

28. Nicolas Jackson

Forward

Career

  • : Casa Sports
  • 2019–2020: Villarreal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–2019: Casa Sports: :
  • 2020–2022: Villarreal B: 25: (5)
  • 2020–2021: → Mirandés (loan): 16: (1)
  • 2021–: Villarreal: 23: (2)
  • 2018: Senegal U20: :
  • 2022–: Senegal: 2: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:36, 31 December 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 10 December 2022

Nicolas Jackson is a 21-year-old attacking midfielder who currently plays for Villarreal. Nicolas was born in Banjul, Gambia on 20 June 2001. He started his career with Casa Sports before moving to Spain to join Villarreal in 2017.

In total, Nicolas has made 23 appearances for Villarreal scoring 3 goals and providing 5 assists throughout all competitions he's played in so far. Nicolas has represented Gambia at youth level and was called up to the senior national team in 2018 but did not make an appearance due to injury..

It is hoped that Nicolas can continue his development with Villarreal and help lead them back into the Spanish top flight where they last competed in La Liga during the 2013/14 season under then manager Javi Gracia Nicolas Jackson is a Villarreal-born footballer who currently plays for Mirandés in the Spanish second division.

Nicolas Jackson made his senior debut with Casa Sports in 2018 and went on to play 25 matches for them over two seasons before joining Villarreal B ahead of the 2020–21 season. Nicolas Jackson has represented Senegal at U20 level, scoring one goal in two appearances during 2018. Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Nicolas Jackson was loaned out to Mirandés where he played 16 times before returning to Villarreal at the end of the campaign.

Nicolás has been capped twice by Senegal and could be called up again soon as they compete at this year's African Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt next month

29. Aïssa Mandi

Aïssa Mandi Career

  • 2000–2009: Reims
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2016: Reims: 161: (14)
  • 2016–2021: Real Betis: 152: (7)
  • 2021–: Villarreal: 24: (1)
  • 2014–: Algeria: 80: (4)

Aïssa Mandi is a French centre-back who currently plays for Spanish side Villarreal. Mandi made his senior debut with Reims aged just 16, and went on to play over 150 games for the club before joining Villarreal in 2018.

Aïssa played at Euro 2012 for France, and has also represented Algeria at international level. His aggressive style of playing has earned him critical acclaim, and he is considered one of the best defenders in La Liga by many fans.

Mandi was born in 1991, making him one of the younger players competing in Europe's top leagues this season. With so much quality throughout La Liga, it will be interesting to see how Mandi fares when Villarreal contest their first ever title campaign next season Aïssa Mandi is a talented Algerian footballer who has represented his country at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mandi has been with Reims since 2009 and played in 161 league games for them over the course of eight seasons. In 2016, he moved to Real Betis where he made 152 appearances before moving on to Villarreal in 2021. Mandi also had international success representing Algeria at the 2014 African Cup of Nations where they reached the final but lost out to Egypt

30. Manu Morlanes

Midfielder

Career

  • : Zaragoza
  • 2012–2015: Villarreal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–2017: Villarreal C: 41: (2)
  • 2016–2019: Villarreal B: 38: (2)
  • 2017–: Villarreal: 19: (0)
  • 2020–2021: → Almería (loan): 36: (1)
  • 2021–2022: → Espanyol (loan): 27: (2)
  • 2015: Spain U16: 4: (1)
  • 2014–2016: Spain U17: 25: (3)
  • 2016–2018: Spain U19: 9: (0)
  • 2019: Spain U21: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 29 May 2022

Morlanes was born on January 12, 1999 in Zaragoza, Spain. Morlanes is a central midfielder who currently plays for Villarreal. He made his first-team debut in the 2015–16 season and has since played over 50 games for the club.

Morlane's youth career included stints with Zaragoza and Villarreal respectively. Manu is known for his energy and hard work on the pitch; he is often seen running up and down the field to help his team create chances offensively or defensively.

Manu Morlanes is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Villarreal CF. He was born on 9th of July, 1997 in Madrid, Spain. Manu started playing football at the age of five and progressed through the ranks at Atlético Madrid before joining Villarreal in 2015.

In total he has made 41 appearances for Villarreal scoring two goals over the course of three seasons with the club's B team before making his senior debut in 2017–18 season and going onto make 19 appearances over two seasons with them before departing to join Almería on loan in 2020–21 campaign where he scored 36 times across all competitions helping them earn promotion back to La Liga as champions that year whilst also being named Segunda Division Player Of The Year by both AS and Marca newspaper awards respectively.

Having featured for Spain U16s, U17s and U19s teams respectively Manu has racked up an impressive 25 caps thus far scoring four goals along the way including one against France which helped lead his country to a UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi final appearance where they eventually lost 2-1 after extra time to eventual winners Germany while taking home silverware such as The Guardian Young Footballer Of The Year award which was presented by former England captain Gary Lineker following their victory against Italy later that same day courtesy of another goal from Manu himself.

On 3rd May 2019, it was announced that Manu would be called up into Vicente del Bosque’s 23 man squad ahead of upcoming international fixtures against Andorra and Luxembourg but unfortunately did not feature due to injury sustained during training prior to those games however looks set return soon enough. Outside of football, Morlanes enjoys studying business management at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid alongside representing his nation internationally from under-15 level onwards having played multiple tournaments such as FIFA World Cup qualifiers (against Cyprus) & Euro 2016 qualifiers (against Romania).

With great potential still untapped it is exciting watch him develop further within Spanish top flight football where he now slots nicely into midfield alongside likes Raúl García & João Félix amongst others.

31. Gonzalo Rodríguez

Defender

Gonzalo Rodríguez Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2002–2004: San Lorenzo: 57: (4)
  • 2004–2012: Villarreal: 184: (6)
  • 2012–2017: Fiorentina: 159: (22)
  • 2017–2020: San Lorenzo: 33: (2)
  • Total: : 433: (34)
  • 2003–2015: Argentina: 7: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Gonzalo Rodríguez is a centre back who has played for several clubs in his career, most notably Fiorentina. He joined the club from Racing Club de Avellaneda in 2009 and helped them reach the Serie A title that season.

In 2015, he moved to Napoli where he had more success scoring goals but was also involved in an incident with teammate Jorginho which resulted in him being suspended for three games. After leaving Naples at the end of 2016, Rodríguez signed with Valencia CF shortly before they were relegated to La Liga - although they bounced straight back up as champions two years later.

At 38 years old, Rodríguez is still playing football and looks set to continue doing so for some time yet Gonzalo Rodríguez is a Argentinean international footballer who has played for Villarreal, Fiorentina and San Lorenzo in the Liga BBVA. Rodriguez started his career with San Lorenzo before joining Villarreal in 2004. He spent six seasons with the Yellow Submarine, playing 184 games and scoring 6 goals before moving to Fiorentina in 2012.

Rodriguez made 33 appearances for San Lorenzo during his time at the club and helped them achieve promotion back to La Liga in 2017–18 season. The 36-year-old has represented Argentina on seven occasions, making his debut against Guatemala in 2003

32. Álex Baena

Álex Baena Career

  • 2007–2011: Roquetas
  • 2011–2019: Villarreal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–2019: Villarreal C: 2: (0)
  • 2019–2021: Villarreal B: 23: (0)
  • 2020–: Villarreal: 22: (4)
  • 2021–2022: → Girona (loan): 38: (5)
  • 2017: Spain U16: 3: (2)
  • 2017–2018: Spain U17: 11: (3)
  • 2018–2019: Spain U18: 10: (3)
  • 2019–2020: Spain U19: 7: (0)
  • 2019: Spain U20: 5: (1)
  • 2022–: Spain U21: 3: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:14, 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 27 September 2022

Baena is a Spanish winger who currently plays for Villarreal. He made his senior debut with Roquetas de Mar in 2007, before signing with Villarreal in 2011.

Copa del Rey victory over Cadiz on 25 January 2019. Spain at various youth levels, including the U19 team that won the 2019 European Championship title. With Villarreal, he has also played in La Liga and Europa League competition Baena is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Villarreal.

Villarreal, Girona and Spain's U20 side. He was part of the La Liga winning team in 2018 with Villarreal C and has also won silverware at various levels domestically. He made his senior international debut in 2017 and since then has played at both U16 and U21 level for Spain. With 43 appearances to his name, Álex is one of the most experienced players in Villarreal's squad ahead of their upcoming season in La Liga 2nd division play-off football

33. Francis Coquelin

Midfielder

Francis Coquelin Career

  • 2000–2005: AS Bourny Laval
  • 2005–2008: Stade Lavallois
  • 2008–2009: Arsenal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2008–2018: Arsenal: 105: (0)
  • 2010–2011: → Lorient (loan): 24: (1)
  • 2013–2014: → SC Freiburg (loan): 16: (0)
  • 2014: → Charlton Athletic (loan): 5: (0)
  • 2018–2020: Valencia: 61: (1)
  • 2020–: Villarreal: 54: (3)
  • 2009–2010: France U19: 16: (0)
  • 2010–2011: France U20: 12: (0)
  • 2011–2012: France U21: 7: (0)

Francis Coquelin is a French defensive midfielder who currently plays for Spanish club Villarreal. He began his career at Laval before moving to Arsenal in 2008.

After two seasons with the Gunners, he moved back to France and signed for Stade Lavallois. In 2009, Coquelin joined Valencia where he spent six years before joining Villarreal in 2019.

Francis Coquelin has won caps with both France U21s and full national team, making his debut against Macedonia in November 2010.[5] He was part of the French side that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, where they were beaten by Portugal Francis Coquelin is a French professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Arsenal and the France national team.

He began his career at Charlton Athletic, making just five appearances before joining SC Freiburg on loan in 2013. In 2014, he joined Valencia on loan where he made 61 appearances over two seasons, winning La Liga and Copa Del Rey honours along the way. Following his return to Arsenal, Coquelin played regularly under Arsene Wenger but was hampered by injuries in 2018–19 which led to him being released by Valencia at the end of the season.

He has since signed with Villarreal where he intends to continue playing until 2020 despite still having some injury concerns; thus far in his Villarreal career, Coquelin has represented France 51 times including three internationals during that time span.

34. Juan Foyth

Defender

Juan Foyth Career

  • –2017: Estudiantes
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017: Estudiantes: 7: (0)
  • 2017–2021: Tottenham Hotspur: 16: (1)
  • 2020–2021: → Villarreal (loan): 16: (0)
  • 2021–: Villarreal: 31: (2)
  • 2017: Argentina U20: 12: (0)
  • 2018–: Argentina: 17: (0)

Juan Foyth is an Argentine defender who currently plays for Villarreal. Juan Foyth was born in La Plata on 12 January 1998 and began his career with local side Estudiantes.

In 2017, he joined Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League where he made 16 appearances over two seasons. He returned to Argentina in 2021 and has since played for Independiente, Racing Club and San Lorenzo among others before joining Villarreal this season.

A strong aerial threat from defence, Juan Foyth is considered a key player for both club and country at youth level having won numerous accolades including U20 World Cup winner in 2017 with Argentina's national team Juan Foyth is a young midfielder who has been playing for Villarreal since the 2017-2018 season.

He made his international debut with Argentina in 2018 and helped them win the World Cup in 2022. Juan Foyth is known for being very fast, agile, and strong on the ball which makes him an excellent player to have in midfield. His ability to play multiple positions makes him extremely versatile and valuable to any team he plays for; this is especially evident at Villarreal where he often fills in as a defensive midfielder or even a centre back when needed.

With all of his impressive attributes, it's no surprise that Juan Foyth has already attracted attention from some of Europe's top clubs including Barcelona and Manchester United.

35. Cédric Bakambu

Forward

Cédric Bakambu Career

  • 2000–2019: Ivry
  • 2006–2010: Sochaux
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2014: Sochaux: 94: (18)
  • 2010–2014: Sochaux II: 28: (15)
  • 2014–2015: Bursaspor: 27: (13)
  • 2015–2018: Villarreal: 75: (32)
  • 2018–2021: Beijing Guoan: 71: (48)
  • 2022: Marseille: 15: (4)
  • 2022–: Olympiacos: 13: (7)
  • 2009: France U18: 5: (1)
  • 2009–2010: France U19: 16: (4)
  • 2010–2011: France U20: 17: (3)
  • 2015–2022: DR Congo: 40: (13)

Cédric Bakambu was born on April 11th, 1991 in Vitry-sur-Seine, France. He started his career at Ivry before moving to Sochaux and subsequently Olympiacos.

Cédric is a forward who can also play as a winger or second striker. In total he has made 94 appearances for Olympiacos, scoring 15 goals along the way. Outside of football, Cédric is studying business administration at Panthère Academie Sports Sciences in Paris suburb Pantin.[3] Bakambu began his career with French side Lille OSC and made an immediate impact, scoring 14 league goals in 24 appearances as a teenager.

He then moved to Spanish giants Villarreal for €12 million (£9 million) and went on to score 32 goals in 75 appearances over two seasons there before joining Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan for €71 million (£58 million). Bakambu has represented DR Congo at senior level since 2015 and scored 13 international goals in 40 appearances. In January 2019, he signed a four-and-a-half year contract with Turkish club Bursaspor

36. Pablo Fornals

Midfielder

Pablo Fornals Career

  • 2003–2008: Villarreal
  • 2008–2012: Castellón
  • 2012–2014: Málaga
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2014–2015: Málaga B: 41: (12)
  • 2015–2017: Málaga: 59: (7)
  • 2017–2019: Villarreal: 70: (5)
  • 2019–: West Ham United: 121: (14)
  • 2016–2019: Spain U21: 17: (2)
  • 2016–: Spain: 6: (1)

Pablo Fornals is a 26-year-old attacking midfielder who currently plays for West Ham United. He started his career at Villarreal before playing for Castellón, Málaga and finally, West Ham United in 2019.

His main strengths are his passing and dribbling ability which have earned him regular starting spots with all the clubs he has played for. Pablo Fornals is known for his hardworking attitude on the pitch and is often seen working tirelessly to create chances for team mates.

With eight years of professional experience under his belt, Pablo Fornals looks set to continue making an impact on the English Premier League scene with West Ham United this season Fornals began his professional career with Málaga, before moving to Villarreal in 2017. The midfielder has represented Spain at youth level and was part of their U21 side that reached the UEFA Nations League final last year.

Fornals is known for his ability to distribute the ball quickly and create chances for teammates, which has seen him score 13 goals from 141 appearances in all competitions. With West Ham United he is set to play in the Premier League next season and will be looking to help them achieve promotion back to England's top flight after a two-year absence.

37. Sergio Asenjo

Goalkeeper

Career

  • : San Juanillo
  • 2005–2006: Valladolid
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2006–2008: Valladolid B: 39: (0)
  • 2006–2009: Valladolid: 47: (0)
  • 2009–2014: Atlético Madrid: 18: (0)
  • 2011: → Málaga (loan): 5: (0)
  • 2013–2014: → Villarreal (loan): 35: (0)
  • 2014–2022: Villarreal: 193: (0)
  • 2022–: Valladolid: 5: (0)
  • 2006: Spain U17: 10: (0)
  • 2007: Spain U19: 8: (0)
  • 2009: Spain U20: 4: (0)
  • 2008–2010: Spain U21: 15: (0)
  • 2016: Spain: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16 September 2022

Sergio Asenjo is a Spanish goalkeeper who currently plays for Valladolid. Asenjo started his career with San Juanillo before moving to Valladolid in 2005.

He has been a regular starter for the La Liga club and helped them reach the Copa del Rey final in 2014–15, where they were beaten by Sevilla. In 2016–17, he was part of Spain's World Cup squad but did not feature in any of their matches as they were eliminated at the group stage.

Asenjo signed an extension to his contract with Valladolid earlier this year which will keep him at the club until 2020. Sergio Asenjo began his career at Valladolid, playing for the club from 2006 to 2009. He then moved to Atlético Madrid and played there until 2014, when he was loaned out to Villarreal.

In 2016, Asenjo made his international debut for Spain against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier. He is currently with Valladolid once again, having signed a contract extension in September of that year.

38. Javi Venta

Defender

Javi Venta Career

  • 1981–1992: Romanón
  • 1992–1995: Oviedo
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1995–1997: Oviedo B: :
  • 1996–1997: → Marino (loan): 20: (0)
  • 1997–1999: Gimnástica: 66: (3)
  • 1999–2010: Villarreal: 182: (1)
  • 1999–2000: → Onda (loan): :
  • 2000–2001: → Racing Ferrol (loan): 39: (0)
  • 2001–2002: → Tenerife (loan): 29: (1)
  • 2010–2012: Levante: 59: (0)
  • 2012–2013: Villarreal: 15: (0)
  • 2013: Brentford: 1: (0)
  • Total: : 411: (5)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Javi Venta is a Spanish right-back who has played for Levante and Oviedo. He made his senior debut with Romanón in the 1992–93 season, before joining Oviedo two years later.

Venta helped Oviedo to promotion to La Liga in 1995, and also featured in the UEFA Cup that year. In 1998–99, he scored five goals from defence as Oviedo finished runners-up in La Liga behind Valencia CF; this led to him being named Player of the Year by both AS and Marca newspapers.

After leaving Oviedo, Venta had spells with Racing Santander (1999), Atlético Madrid (2000) and Zaragoza (2002). He rejoined Levante in 2003 after a brief spell at UD Las Palmas.[1] He started his career at Oviedo in 1995, before joining Marino the following year. After spells with Gimnástica and Villarreal, Venta signed for Valencia in 1999 where he spent six years playing 182 matches and scoring one goal.

He then moved on to play for Tenerife and Levante over a three-year period, before signing for Brentford in 2013.

39. Paco Alcácer

Forward

Paco Alcácer Career

  • 2000–2003: Monte-Sión
  • 2003–2005: Torrent
  • 2005–2009: Valencia
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2012: Valencia B: 64: (42)
  • 2010–2016: Valencia: 93: (30)
  • 2012–2013: → Getafe (loan): 20: (3)
  • 2016–2019: Barcelona: 37: (10)
  • 2018–2019: → Borussia Dortmund (loan): 14: (12)
  • 2019–2020: Borussia Dortmund: 23: (11)
  • 2020–2022: Villarreal: 58: (11)
  • 2022–: Sharjah: 11: (6)
  • 2009: Spain U16: 3: (0)
  • 2009–2010: Spain U17: 11: (14)
  • 2011: Spain U18: 3: (5)
  • 2011–2012: Spain U19: 16: (7)
  • 2013: Spain U20: 7: (3)
  • 2013: Spain U21: 1: (0)
  • 2014–2019: Spain: 19: (12)

Alcacer is a Spanish striker who currently plays for Sharjah in the UAE Pro-League. Alcácer was born on 30 August 1993 in Torrent, Spain. He started his career with Monte-Sión before joining Valencia in 2009.

Alcácer has scored 93 goals in 123 appearances for Valencia and helped them reach the Champions League semi-finals twice (in 2014 and 2016). In May 2017, he moved to Sharjah on a two-year contract worth $1 million per year.[4] Alcàcer is married to Poli Timor Agung and they have one child together.[5] He represented Spain at under-21 level but has not yet made an appearance for the full national team[6].

Paco Alcácer is a versatile forward who can play as an attacking midfielder or on the left wing. He joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2013 and made his senior debut for Spain later that year. In 2017, he moved to Borussia Dortmund on loan before joining Villarreal the following season. Paco Alcácer has won two UEFA European Under-19 Championships with Spain, in 2011 and 2012, and was also part of the team that reached the final of the World Cup in 2014.

He has represented his country at both under-21 level and at full international level, making 23 appearances overall

40. Cani

Midfielder

Cani Career

  • : Stadium Venecia
  • : Zaragoza
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2000–2002: Zaragoza B: 32: (6)
  • 2000–2001: → Utebo (loan): 15: (1)
  • 2002–2006: Zaragoza: 122: (13)
  • 2006–2015: Villarreal: 259: (23)
  • 2015: → Atlético Madrid (loan): 4: (0)
  • 2015–2016: Deportivo La Coruña: 18: (0)
  • 2016–2017: Zaragoza: 32: (1)
  • Total: : 482: (44)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Rubén Gracia Calmache is a Spanish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Villarreal CF. Cani started his career with Valencia CF, playing in their youth system before moving to Zaragoza in 2001.

He made his La Liga debut with Zaragoza in 2003 and went on to make over 150 appearances for the club over nine seasons, winning two Copa del Rey titles and one Segunda División title. In 2011, he signed for Villarreal and has since played more than 100 games in La Liga and UEFA Europa League competitions; helping them win the 2016–17 Europa League title.

Cani was named La Liga Player of the Year twice (2007–08, 2009–10) and received international recognition when he won Spain's prestigious Golden Ball award at the 2010 World Cup.[2] On 1 July 2017, aged 34 years old,[3] Cani announced his retirement from professional football after 12 seasons[4][5][6].

41. Jorge Cuenca

Career

  • 2015–2017: Alcorcón
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017: Alcorcón B: 8: (0)
  • 2017: Alcorcón: 5: (0)
  • 2017–2020: Barcelona B: 65: (3)
  • 2018: Barcelona: 0: (0)
  • 2020–: Villarreal: 0: (0)
  • 2020–2021: → Almería (loan): 35: (3)
  • 2021–2022: → Getafe (loan): 32: (1)
  • 2017–2018: Spain U19: 7: (0)
  • 2019–2021: Spain U21: 12: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 29 May 2022

Jorge Cuenca is a 23-year-old Spanish centre back who currently plays for Villarreal. He began his professional career at Alcorcón, before making the move to Villarreal in 2017.

Jorge has made one appearance for the Spain U21s and represented his country at the U20 World Cup in 2017. He is known for his pace and ball control, which have seen him become a key player for Villarreal over the past two seasons.

Jorge is an attacking full back with excellent positional sense," said manager Javi Gracia after signing him last summer."He will add quality to our squad." Jorge's speed, strength and ability onthe ball make him very difficult to beat down the left flank Jorge Cuenca was born on December 10, 1993 in Madrid, Spain.

Jorge started his career at hometown club Alcorcón before joining Barcelona in 2017. Jorge established himself as a regular starter for Barcelona's B team and made 5 appearances during the 2017-2018 season. In 2018, he joined Spanish giants Barcelona but failed to make an appearance with the first team due to injury problems.

He then signed a loan deal with Villarreal where he played 35 games and scored 3 goals between July 2020 and May 2021 before returning to Barça once again on a permanent basis in June 2021 after his loan expired.. Jorge has represented Spain at U19 level but is yet to make any senior international appearances

42. Johan Mojica

Johan Mojica Career

  • : Academia
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2012: Academia: 33: (0)
  • 2012–2014: Llaneros: 17: (0)
  • 2013: → Deportivo Cali (loan): 14: (0)
  • 2013–2014: → Rayo Vallecano (loan): 12: (0)
  • 2014–2018: Rayo Vallecano: 6: (0)
  • 2014–2016: → Valladolid (loan): 64: (9)
  • 2017–2018: → Girona (loan): 40: (0)
  • 2018–2021: Girona: 34: (0)
  • 2020–2021: → Atalanta (loan): 11: (0)
  • 2021: → Elche (loan): 17: (0)
  • 2021–2022: Elche: 36: (2)
  • 2022–: Villarreal: 5: (0)
  • 2015–: Colombia: 20: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19 November 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 1 February 2022

Johan Mojica is a Colombian defender who currently plays for Villarreal. Mojica made his senior debut with Deportivo Cali in 2011 and has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for the club, scoring six goals.

He represented Colombia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and helped them reach the quarter-finals of the tournament. Prior to joining Villarreal, Mojica spent time on loan at Granada and Atlético Nacional respectively during 2016–17 season.

Johan Mojica was born in Cali, Colombia on 21 August 1992.[1] After making his senior debut with Deportivo Cali in 2011, he went onto play over 100 games for the club before moving to Spain in 2017 to join La Liga side Villarreal FC[2].

At international level, Mojica has represented Colombia at various youth levels including U20s and U23s as well as appearing at Copa América Centenario where they reached the semi-finals stage before being knocked out by eventual winners Chile.[3] In total he has made 24 appearances for his country (including 3 starts).[4][5] *Senior career includes all competitive matches

43. José Luis Morales

José Luis Morales Career

  • 1992–2006: Brunete
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2006–2010: Parla: 69: (17)
  • 2010–2011: Fuenlabrada: 36: (20)
  • 2011–2013: Levante B: 79: (22)
  • 2013–2022: Levante: 294: (66)
  • 2013–2014: → Eibar (loan): 38: (3)
  • 2022–: Villarreal: 15: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:27, 7 January 2023 (UTC)

José Luis Morales is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a winger or forward for Villarreal. He made his senior debut in the 2006–07 season with Real Murcia, and went on to make over 200 appearances for the club before joining Villarreal in January 2014.

Morales has also represented Spain at international level, making 11 appearances including five caps during Euro 2012 qualifying campaign and appearing in the 2013 Confederations Cup. In 2016 he signed for Levante where he played until 2018 when he moved back to Villarreal José Luis Morales is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Levante UD.

José Luis Morales began his career at hometown club Brunete, before signing for Parla in 2006. After two seasons with Parla, Morales moved to fellow La Liga side Fuenlabrada in 2010. He spent three seasons with Fuenlabrada, helping the club to promotion to La Liga in 2011. In July 2013, after just one season back in Spain with Levante B, Morales joined newly promoted La Liga side Levante on a free transfer..

Over the next six years he amassed 294 appearances and 66 goals for Levante as they reached the UEFA Europa League twice and finished fourth once in La Liga . . .

44. Nicola Sansone

Forward

Nicola Sansone Career

  • –2002: SV Neuperlach
  • 2002–2010: Bayern Munich
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2011: Bayern Munich II: 32: (2)
  • 2011–2014: Parma: 43: (8)
  • 2011–2012: → Crotone (loan): 35: (5)
  • 2014–2016: Sassuolo: 84: (17)
  • 2016–2019: Villarreal: 53: (14)
  • 2019: → Bologna (loan): 15: (2)
  • 2019–: Bologna: 86: (8)
  • 2007: Italy U17: 1: (0)
  • 2009: Italy U18: 1: (1)
  • 2009–2010: Italy U19: 6: (1)
  • 2012: Italy U20: 1: (0)
  • 2012–2013: Italy U21: 7: (0)
  • 2015–2016: Italy: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 09:07, 13 June 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 15 November 2016

Nicola Sansone is a forward for Bologna. He made his senior debut with Bayern Munich in 2010, and has since played for the club on various loan spells. In total, he has scored over 30 goals in league play, including 14 during the 2016/17 season which helped Bologna secure promotion back to Serie A.

Nicola Sansone was born in Germany but moved to Italy as a child, where he started playing football at SV Neuperlach before moving onto Bayern Munich's youth system. After making several first-team appearances for Bayern's reserve team and spending time on loan with SC Freiburg and Hannover 96, Sansone signed with Bologna permanently in 2017/18 after helping them gain promotion from Serie B last season Nicola Sansone started his career with Bayern Munich II before joining Parma in 2011.

After two seasons at Parma, he moved to Crotone on a loan deal and then back to Parma the following season. In 2014, Sansone joined Sassuolo where he spent four years before moving on to Villarreal in 2016. In 2019, Sansone signed for Bologna on a long-term contract and has since helped them reach the top half of Serie A every year since arrival. Nicola Sansone has also played for Italy U17s, U18s, U19s and Italy U21s but has yet to make an appearance for the senior team

45. Rodolfo Arruabarrena

Rodolfo Arruabarrena Career

  • 1985–1992: Boca Juniors
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1993–2000: Boca Juniors: 178: (11)
  • 1996: → Rosario Central (loan): 15: (0)
  • 2000–2007: Villarreal: 219: (11)
  • 2007–2008: AEK Athens: 16: (0)
  • 2008–2010: Tigre: 67: (2)
  • 2010: Universidad Católica: 13: (0)
  • 1995–2006: Argentina: 5: (0)
  • 2011–2012: Tigre
  • 2013–2014: Nacional
  • 2014–2016: Boca Juniors
  • 2016–2018: Al Wasl
  • 2018: Al-Rayyan
  • 2018–2020: Shabab Al Ahli
  • 2020–2021: Pyramids
  • 2022–: United Arab Emirates

Rodolfo Arruabarrena is a left back who has played for several clubs in his career, most notably Boca Juniors and Villarreal. He was manager of United Arab Emirates from late 2013 until early 2017.

Arruabarrena represented Argentina at youth level before turning professional with Boca Juniors in 1993. After spells with Rosario Central and AEK Athens, he moved to Spain to play for Tigre in 2008–10 before returning home to manage Emirati club Al Ain FC in 2013 Rodolfo Arruabarrena is a football manager who has had a successful international career.

He started his managerial career at Tigre in 2011 before moving to Nacional the following year. In 2013, he joined Boca Juniors where he won two titles and led the club to their first Copa Libertadores final in 2016. He then moved abroad to take charge of Al Wasl in 2018 before joining Shabab Al Ahli later that year. His latest job sees him return to Argentina with United Arab Emirates side Al Rayyan, starting from 2020-21 season onwards.

Rodolfo Arruabarrena holds an Argentine passport and was born on December 1st, 1972 in La Plata, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina . As of May 2019, Rodolfo Arruabarrena is currently managed Saudi Arabia national football team

46. Kiko Femenía

Kiko Femenía Career

  • 2000–2001: Beniarbeig
  • 2001–2004: FB Dénia
  • 2004–2008: Hércules
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2008–2009: Hércules B: 10: (0)
  • 2008–2011: Hércules: 71: (4)
  • 2011–2013: Barcelona B: 62: (6)
  • 2013–2014: Real Madrid B: 5: (0)
  • 2015: Alcorcón: 17: (0)
  • 2015–2017: Alavés: 69: (5)
  • 2017–2022: Watford: 144: (2)
  • 2022–: Villarreal: 11: (0)
  • 2009: Spain U18: 2: (1)
  • 2009–2010: Spain U19: 6: (0)
  • 2011: Spain U20: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12:39, 29 December 2022 (UTC)

Kiko Femenía was born in 1991 and is a Spanish defender. He joined Villarreal from Barcelona B in 2012, making 31 appearances for the club so far. Kiko began his youth career with Beniarbeig before joining FB Dénia in 2001.

After impressing at Villarreal, he was called up to Spain's U21 team in early 2013 and has since made two senior international appearances for La Roja, both of which came during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia later that year.[1] At 1.74 metres tall,[2] Kiko is primarily a right-back but can also play as a central or left-back on occasions.[1][3] As well as playing football professionally, Kiko studies law at Universidad de Albacete.[4] In September 2017, it was announced that he had signed for Atlético Madrid on loan until January 2019[5], but returned to Villarreal after just one month due to an injury crisis at Atlético Madrid.[6][7][8] [email protected]

47. Diego Godín

Defender

Diego Godín Career

  • : Estudiantes El Colla
  • 2000–2003: Defensor
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2003–2006: Cerro: 63: (6)
  • 2006–2007: Nacional: 26: (0)
  • 2007–2010: Villarreal: 91: (4)
  • 2010–2019: Atlético Madrid: 277: (17)
  • 2019–2020: Inter Milan: 23: (1)
  • 2020–2022: Cagliari: 39: (1)
  • 2022: Atlético Mineiro: 5: (1)
  • 2022–: Vélez Sarsfield: 6: (1)
  • 2004–2005: Uruguay U20: 14: (0)
  • 2005–: Uruguay: 161: (8)

Diego Godín is a Uruguayan international centre-back who currently plays for Vélez Sarsfield. Diego Godín began his career at Estudiantes El Colla before moving to Defensor in 2003.

After three years with Defensor, Diego Godín joined Cerro in 2006 and helped the club win the Liga Sudamericana title that season. Diego Godín made his international debut for Uruguay in 2007 and has since accumulated over 60 caps, scoring four goals.

In 2018, Diego Godín played at the World Cup where Uruguay reached the semi-finals before being defeated by France on penalties following a 1–1 draw after 120 minutes of playing time.[5] Outside of football, DiegoGodin is married and has two children.[6] Diego Godín is a world-renowned defender who has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe and South America.

Diego Godín started his career at Nacional, before moving to Villarreal in Spain. He was then signed by Atlético Madrid, where he spent nine seasons before joining Inter Milan. Diego Godín has made over 270 appearances for Atlético Madrid and Inter Milan combined, winning La Liga twice (with Atlético) and the Champions League once with Inter Milan. After leaving Italy, Diego Godín joined Cagliari on a one-year deal during the summer of 2020; however after just six appearances he moved back to Atlético Madrid on a permanent basis later that year.

At international level, Diego Godin has represented Uruguay at Copa América tournaments on three occasions (winning in 2011), as well as playing at World Cups 2014 and 2018..

48. Diego Forlán

Forward

Diego Forlán Career

  • 1990–1991: Peñarol
  • 1991–1994: Danubio
  • 1994–1997: Independiente
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1997–2002: Independiente: 80: (37)
  • 2002–2004: Manchester United: 63: (10)
  • 2004–2007: Villarreal: 106: (54)
  • 2007–2011: Atlético Madrid: 134: (74)
  • 2011–2012: Inter Milan: 18: (2)
  • 2012–2014: Internacional: 34: (10)
  • 2014–2015: Cerezo Osaka: 42: (17)
  • 2015–2016: Peñarol: 30: (8)
  • 2016: Mumbai City: 11: (5)
  • 2018: Kitchee: 7: (5)
  • Total: : 525: (222)
  • 2002–2014: Uruguay: 112: (36)
  • 2020: Peñarol
  • 2021: Atenas

Diego Forlán is a Uruguayan-born forward who has played for Manchester United, Atlético Madrid and Inter Milan. He made his debut for Independiente in 1997 and went on to score 74 goals in 106 appearances for the club.

Forlán joined Manchester United in 2002 and helped them win the Premier League title that season as well as the UEFA Champions League two years later. He left Old Trafford after four seasons to join Villarreal where he enjoyed more success, scoring 134 goals in 174 appearances over six seasons with the Yellow Submarine.

In 2011, he moved to Atlético Madrid where he won two La Liga titles before joining Inter Milan in 2012; however, he only featured 18 times during three years at San Siro due to various injuries sustained while playing football professionally.. Diego Forlán is a striker who has played for Uruguay and Cerezo Osaka in international football.

Diego Forlán was born on October 10, 1988 in the city of Montevideo. Diego Forlán started his professional career with Uruguayan side Cerro Largo before moving to Japanese outfit Cerezo Osaka in 2002. After spells at Atlético Madrid and Manchester United, Diego Forlán signed for Indian Super League club Mumbai City ahead of the 2018 season.

In total, he has made 525 appearances in International Football (202 for Uruguay and 336 for Cerezo Osaka). He also represented Uruguay at Copa America 2011 where they won the tournament title. Currently, Diego Forlán is contracted to Chinese Super League side Kitchee FC until 2021

49. Ramiro Funes Mori

Defender

Ramiro Funes Mori Career

  • 2008: FC Dallas
  • 2008–2011: River Plate
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2015: River Plate: 76: (7)
  • 2015–2018: Everton: 55: (4)
  • 2018–2021: Villarreal: 48: (2)
  • 2021–2022: Al-Nassr: 21: (0)
  • 2022–: Cruz Azul: 5: (1)
  • 2015–2019: Argentina: 26: (2)

Ramiro Funes Mori is a defender who currently plays for Cruz Azul. He started his career with FC Dallas in 2008 and went on to play for River Plate between 2008-2011.

In 2012, he joined Villarreal where he has played since then, winning La Liga twice (in 2013 and 2015) as well as the Copa Del Rey in 2017. He was part of the Argentina squad that won the Copa América Centenario in 2016 and made two appearances at the World Cup later that year, including one against Croatia which helped them reach the quarter finals.

At club level, Ramiro Funes Mori has also won titles with Villarreal from both La Liga (2013–2015) and Copa Del Rey (2017). He signed for Cruz Azul permanently ahead of season 2018/19 after spending time on loan there previously during seasons 2017/18 & 2018/19 Funes Mori is a versatile defender who can play at either back or in midfield. He has played for River Plate and Everton since joining the league, before spending two seasons with Villarreal.

The Argentinian international made his international debut in 2015, and has picked up 26 caps to date. Funes Mori is known as an efficient tackler andgood crosser of the ball, which could see him take on a more attacking role with Argentina in the future

50. Roberto Soriano

Midfielder

Roberto Soriano Career

  • 2006–2009: Bayern Munich
  • 2009–2010: Sampdoria
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2016: Sampdoria: 136: (18)
  • 2010–2011: → Empoli (loan): 27: (2)
  • 2016–2019: Villarreal: 55: (9)
  • 2018–2019: → Torino (loan): 11: (0)
  • 2019: → Bologna (loan): 17: (2)
  • 2019–: Bologna: 101: (14)
  • 2007–2008: Italy U17: 7: (1)
  • 2009: Italy U18: 4: (0)
  • 2008–2010: Italy U19: 11: (0)
  • 2009–2011: Italy U21: 15: (2)
  • 2014–: Italy: 9: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:07, 15 May 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 11 November 2020

Roberto Soriano is a German-born Italian footballer who currently plays for Bologna. He has represented his country at youth level, and made his senior debut in 2015.

Soriano played for Bayern Munich from 2006 to 2009, before signing for Sampdoria in 2009. After two seasons at the club, he moved on to Juventus where he spent three years before joining Bologna in 2015.

A midfielder by trade, Soriano is known for his ability to create opportunities for teammates with strong passing and movement off the ball; he has also been praised for his aerial abilities, strength in the tackle, and fast bursts of speed down the wing.

Roberto Soriano is one of Italy's most decorated players: having won both Serie A titles (with Milan) as well as European Championships (with Italy), Champions League medals (with Milan and Juve), Coppa Italia trophies (both with Milan) and Supercoppa Italiana titles (all with Juventus).

In 2017–18 season Roberto Soriano was awarded Serie A Footballer of The Year award by La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.[2]

51. Mateo Musacchio

Defender

Mateo Musacchio Career

  • : 25 de Mayo
  • 1999–2006: River Plate
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2006–2009: River Plate: 10: (0)
  • 2009–2010: Villarreal B: 22: (3)
  • 2010–2017: Villarreal: 189: (7)
  • 2017–2021: Milan: 63: (1)
  • 2021: Lazio: 4: (0)
  • 2006–2007: Argentina U17: 15: (1)
  • 2008–2010: Argentina U20: 3: (0)
  • 2011–2017: Argentina: 6: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21 March 2021

Musacchio started his professional career at River Plate, where he spent five seasons before joining Villarreal in 2012. Musacchio is a versatile centre-back who is capable of playing both as a starter or on the bench.

He has been capped by Argentina at U20 and U23 level, and made his full international debut against Paraguay in March 2016. In 2017–18, Musacchio helped Villarreal to finish as runners-up in La Liga, scoring twice during the season alongside teammate Raul Garcia.

The 32-year-old defender has since announced that he will leave Villarreal at the end of the 2018–19 campaign.[3] Musacchio is likely to move abroad next season with several clubs reportedly interested in signing him including Premier League side Liverpool.[4] Mateo Musacchio is a versatile defender that has played for River Plate, Villarreal B and Villarreal.

He was born in Argentina on 25th of October 1990 and moved to Spain at a young age. Mateo made his debut for River Plate in 2006 and went on to play 188 games for the club before joining Milan in 2017. In total, he has scored 63 goals during his time with Milan, Lazio and Villarreal as well as representing Argentina at U20 level and senior level. Musacchio is an excellent reader of the game who likes to get forward from defence; this makes him very difficult to beat one-on-one or through balls into the box.

Final Words

. . Villarreal CF is one of the most prestigious football clubs in Spain. The club was founded in 1923 and has won a total of 54 trophies, including 26 La Liga titles, 9 Copa Del Rey championships, 2 European Cup Winners’ Cups and 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Some of Villarreal’s best players include Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) and Fernando Torres (Liverpool).

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