Famous Spanish Football Players

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Pep Guardiola
(Former Spanish Football Player Who is Considered One of the Greatest Managers of All Time)
Pep Guardiola
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Birthdate: January 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santpedor, Spain

A football addict from beginning, Pep Guardiola went on to become a key player with the Barcelona and the Spanish National team. He played a crucial role in winning major titles like the La Liga and an Olympic gold medal. After retiring as a player, he became a coach and is widely regarded as one of the world's best coaches. 

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Andrés Iniesta
(Spanish Footballer Who is Regarded as One of the Greatest Midfielders of All Time)
Andrés Iniesta
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Birthdate: May 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fuentealbilla, Spain
Spanish midfielder Andrés Iniesta, who now captains the Japanese club Vissel Kobe, has had a 22-year stint with Barcelona, serving as a captain in three seasons and winning nine La Ligas and four UEFA Champions Leagues. He scored the winning goal to help Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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Xavi
(One of the Greatest Football Midfielders of All Time)
Xavi
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Birthdate: January 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Terrassa, Spain
Former Barcelona footballer Xavi won multiple trophies with the team, such as the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Famous for his tiki-taka style, he also helped Spain win the FIFA World Cup in 2010. After playing for the Qatari club Al-Sadd, he began coaching the team.
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Sergio Ramos
(Spanish Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Sergio Ramos
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Birthdate: March 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camas, Spain

Spanish footballer, Sergio Ramos, is known for his defensive skills and also for his ability to play offensively and score goals. He plays for the Premier League Club, Real Madrid. Ramos was a member of the Spanish national side which won the European Championship in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2010. 

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Gerard Piqué
(Spanish Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Gerard Piqué
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Birthdate: February 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué, who plays for FC Barcelona, is considered one of the world’s best centre halves. He is amongst the few players who have won the UEFA Champions League for two consecutive years, but for different teams. He also played a crucial role in the Spain national team’s victory in 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.

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Iker Casillas
(Spanish Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Iker Casillas
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Birthdate: May 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Iker Casillas is a Spanish former footballer who won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Counted among the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the sport, Casillas was renowned for his spectacular saves and athleticism. He was named the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper on a record five occasions. Also a philanthropist, Casillas owns a charitable foundation in Spain.

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David de Gea
(Spanish Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
David de Gea
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Birthdate: November 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea currently plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester United and has helped his team win a Premier League, an FA Cup, and an EFL Cup, among other titles. With his previous team, Atletico Madrid, he won a UEFA Europa League and a UEFA Super Cup.
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Fernando Torres
(Footballer)
Fernando Torres
13
Birthdate: March 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fuenlabrada

Fernando Torres is a former football player whose ability to score goals earned him a reputation as one of the best goal-scorers in the world. He helped his Spanish football team win their first FIFA World Cup in 2010. Such is his popularity in Spain that a stadium was built in his honor in Fuenlabrada, Spain, in 2011.

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Thiago Alcântara
(Spanish Football Player Who Plays as a Central Midfielder)
Thiago Alcântara
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Birthdate: April 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Pietro Vernotico, Italy

Italian-born Brazilian-origin footballer Thiago Alcântara grew up watching his footballer father Mazinho. The talented midfielder has played for teams such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich and now represents Liverpool and the national team of Spain. An injury prevented him from playing in the World Cup 2014.

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Alvaro Morata
(Football player)
Alvaro Morata
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Birthdate: October 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Alvaro Morata is a Spanish professional soccer player who has represented popular clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, and Atlético Madrid. He is also an important player for the national team, having gathered the experience of playing in high-pressure tournaments like the UEFA European Football Championship. A versatile player, Alvaro Morata is best known for his pace, energy, and technique.

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David Silva
(One of the Greatest Midfielders of His Generation)
David Silva
9
Birthdate: January 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arguineguín, Spain
Spanish footballer David Silva played a key role in Spain's victories in the UEFA Euro Cup in 2008 and 2012 and the FIFA World Cup in 2010. A midfielder, he is known for his dribbling skills and ability to retain possession of the ball. Having played for football clubs like Valencia and Manchester United, he currently plays for Real Sociedad.
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Juan Mata
(Spanish Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Midfielder )
Juan Mata
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Birthdate: April 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Burgos, Spain

Known as an attacking midfielder from Spain, Juan Mata is a promising young footballer who plays for the Spanish national team and Manchester United. Born to a footballer father, he began his career with the Real Madrid youth team. While at Chelsea, fans called him Johnny Kills.

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Alfredo Di Stéfano
(Argentine Professional Footballer and Coach Who Played as a Forward)
Alfredo Di Stéfano
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Birthdate: July 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barracas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: July 7, 2014

Alfredo Di Stéfano was an Argentine-born Spanish football player and coach. Counted among the greatest football players of all time, Di Stéfano is remembered for his association with Real Madrid, where he played a major role in the club's domination of La Liga and the European Cup during the 1950s. In 2004, he was included in Pele’s FIFA 100 list.

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Mikel Arteta
(Former Footballer midfielder)
Mikel Arteta
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Birthdate: March 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Sebastián, Spain
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Julio Iglesias
(Singer-songwriter - One of The Best-Selling Hispanic Artist of All-Time)
Julio Iglesias
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Birthdate: September 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Legendary Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, father of singer Enrique Iglesias, won the first Guinness Diamond Disc for selling the most albums in the most languages ever. A Hall of Fame of Latin Composers inductee, he initially played for Real Madrid Castilla before an accident ended his football career.
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Cesc Fàbregas
(Footballer)
Cesc Fàbregas
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Birthdate: May 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arenys de Mar, Spain

Cesc Fàbregas is a Spanish football player. Widely regarded as one of the best midfielders, Fàbregas played a key role in helping his national team win its first FIFA World Cup in 2010; his pass to Andrés Iniesta in the world cup final was converted into a goal, which gave Spain its first title.

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Raúl González
(Football manager, Football player)
Raúl González
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Birthdate: June 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Marco Asensio
(Association football player)
Marco Asensio
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Birthdate: January 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palma, Majorca Palma, Spain
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Isco
(Spanish Professional Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder )
Isco
5
Birthdate: April 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Benalmádena, Spain

Isco is a Spanish football player best known for his excellent ball control and technique. Over the years, he has represented popular teams like Real Madrid and the Spain national team. He was named among the world's 30 best players during the 2017-18 season. 

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Xabi Alonso
(Football Midfielder)
Xabi Alonso
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Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tolosa, Spain
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Sergio Busquets
(Football- Defensive midfielder for Spain)
Sergio Busquets
5
Birthdate: July 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sabadell, Spain
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Rafael Benítez
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Rafael Benítez
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Birthdate: April 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid
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César Azpilicueta
(Association football player)
César Azpilicueta
5
Birthdate: August 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pamplona
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Carles Puyol
(Footballer Defender)
Carles Puyol
5
Birthdate: April 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Pobla de Segur, Spain
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Diego Costa
(Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Diego Costa
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Birthdate: October 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lagarto, State of Sergipe, Brazil

Diego Costa is a professional football player who helped Atlético Madrid win a UEFA Super Cup, Copa del Rey title, and La Liga title. Costa is one of the few footballers to have represented two international teams, having played for the Brazil national team and Spain national team; he played for the latter at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga
(Football player)
Kepa Arrizabalaga
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Birthdate: October 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ondarroa, Spain
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Hector Bellerin
(Football player)
Hector Bellerin
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Birthdate: March 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
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Víctor Valdés
(Football player)
Víctor Valdés
5
Birthdate: January 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
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Ander Herrera
(Football player Midfielder)
Ander Herrera
5
Birthdate: August 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bilbao, Spain
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Fernando Llorente
(Association football player)
Fernando Llorente
6
Birthdate: February 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pamplona
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Bojan Krkić
(Footballer Forward / Winger)
Bojan Krkić
5
Birthdate: August 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Linyola
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Jordi Alba
(Association football player)
Jordi Alba
5
Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marmolejo
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Pepe Reina
(Footballer)
Pepe Reina
6
Birthdate: August 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Lucas Vázquez
(Association football player)
Lucas Vázquez
5
Birthdate: July 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Curtis
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Danny Carvajal
(Spanish footballer)
Danny Carvajal
3
Birthdate: January 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leganés, Spain
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Pedro
(Football player)
Pedro
7
Birthdate: July 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
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Nacho
(Football player)
Nacho
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Birthdate: January 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Paco Alcácer
(Football player)
Paco Alcácer
5
Birthdate: August 30, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Torrent, Spain
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Ansu Fati
(Football forwarder position)
Ansu Fati
2
Birthdate: October 31, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
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Michu
(Spanish Former Footballer Who Played as a Striker or Attacking Midfielder)
Michu
4
Birthdate: March 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oviedo, Spain
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Jesús Navas
(Footballer right winger or a right back)
Jesús Navas
3
Birthdate: November 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Palacios, Spain
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Brahim Díaz
(Footballer midfielder position)
Brahim Díaz
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Birthdate: August 3, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain
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Lucas Pérez
(Football player)
Lucas Pérez
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Birthdate: September 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: A Coruña, Spain
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Sergi Roberto
(Association football player)
Sergi Roberto
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Birthdate: February 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tocopilla
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Álvaro Negredo
(Association football player)
Álvaro Negredo
4
Birthdate: August 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madrid
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Fernando Hierro
(Football player & Football manager)
Fernando Hierro
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Birthdate: March 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vélez-Málaga, Spain
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Koke
(Football player)
Koke
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Birthdate: January 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Iñaki Williams
(Football player - Forward)
Iñaki Williams
2
Birthdate: June 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bilbao, Spain
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Aymeric Laporte
(Spanish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back )
Aymeric Laporte
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Birthdate: May 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Agen, France

Aymeric Laporte is a French-born footballer who plays for the Spain national team and Manchester City of Premier League. Although he represented France at youth international levels, Laporte switched national teams after receiving Spanish citizenship in 2021. A powerful defender who is renowned for his passing ability, Laporte has won many titles including three Premier Leagues and three EFL Cups.

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Emilio Butragueño
(Footballer - Striker)
Emilio Butragueño
3
Birthdate: July 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain