Founded in 1929, La Liga, the professional soccer league in Spain, has flourished into one of the best, most expensive soccer leagues in the world. Of course, many will argue that you simply cannot beat the Premier League, but according to UEFA’s league coefficient, La Liga has been the top European league five years running, and are the only league in the history of the Champions League to qualify five teams for the tournament.
But is this really surprising, when you look at the exceptional history and winning culture found at the league’s two top clubs for the past century, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. The two clubs attract the biggest starts on the planet, and are currently starting the two greatest players in the world in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But unfortunately I’m not here to talk about greatness. I’m not here to talk about the crème de la crème of the Spanish League, but the worst of the worst. Because the great players in La Liga are too often talked about. We already know all about their successes. It’s time to get to know the little guy, and more importantly his story. Here are the 15 worst players currently signed with a team in La Liga.
15 Alessio Cerci
14 Felipe Caicedo
13 Asier Illarramendi
Asier Illarramendi was never really able to show the world, despite being on football's biggest stage at one point of his career, the type of footballer he really is. Currently playing a central defensive role for Real Sociedad, the Spaniard saw a real slip in his game this season. Real Sociedad currently sit in 10th in La Liga, with Illarramendi appearing in 15 games in that span. He’s also extremely uncritical, scoring just three goals in 128 La Liga appearances.
12 Isaac Cuenca
11 Thomas Vermaelen
We move on to the 30-year-old central defender from Belgium, Thomas Vermaelen. Currently playing (although not much) for FC Barcelona in Spain’s top division, Vermaelen had the most success in his career during his years with Arsenal. For five years, he played defense with Arsenal. He scored on his debut, and was even affectionately nicknamed “The Verminator” by the fans. However, consecutive horrid performances in his last games with the Gunners meant he would lose the starting role at Arsenal.
10 Guilherme Siqueira
9 Iker Muniain
Iker Muniain is a Spanish footballer that currently plays in La Liga's Athletic Bilbao, who currently sit sixth in the La Liga standings, not in great part due to Iker Muniain. Due to his style of play and stature, Muniain was dubbed at a young age as “the Spanish Messi,” by the media. For our all sake, it’s lucky the media don’t scout players for the big clubs. Although Iker can play attractive, skillful football, he is nowhere close to being a Spanish Messi or any type of Messi, especially not with only two La Liga goals on the season.
8 Xavi Torres
7 Fernando Torres
Alas, we finally come to Fernando Torres, El Nino. Once electrifying with Atletico Madrid, his second bout with the club is not as successful. On a long-term loan from Milan, Torres has made 40 appearances for Atletico in La Liga, scoring eight goals. Not bad from a striker many had thought had completely lost his game. Torres made waves when he transferred to Liverpool in 2007, marking the beginning of a remarkable goal scoring spree for the Spanish striker. He was for many people the greatest striker in the world at the time. But just when things go so well, they can just as quickly turn sour.
6 Guillermo Ochoa
5 Douglas Pereira dos Santos
More commonly known simply as Douglas, dos Santos is a Brazilian footballer currently playing right back for FC Barcelona. The number one right back for FC Barcelona is still his fellow Brazillian Dani Alves. When they decide to give Alves a break, Aleix Vidal has taken up the right back position a few times in place of Alves. This means that for Douglas, his time has been very limited, and when he does appear he fails to make much of an impression. He made his Barcelona debut in 2014. He was limited to a yellow card and some heavy criticism after the match.
4 Tomas Pina
Pina is a tall central midfielder currently playing with fourth place La Liga side Villareal. He has an unfortunate seven goals for Villareal overall three seasons, including an incredible zero goals scored in 17 appearances this season. Villareal spent an outstanding €5 million for the midfielder when they brought home over from Mallorca, prompting many to turn around and say, “but who is this Tomas Pina.”
3 Álvaro Arbeloa
2 Pedro Leon
Moving to Leon, a Spanish footballer currently playing for Getafe, who sit 18th in the league and on the brink of relegation. He’s been particularly bad for Getafe in the past two seasons, netting only three league goals so far, a probable huge contributor to his teams lack of success. At just 29 years old and with a good footballing background, he was expected to be a big time player with Getafe, but it simply has not panned out for either parties, and the result is a pitiful season for both parties.
1 Enrique “Kike” Sola
At 30 years old, it seems “Kike’s” best football is far behind him, and It seems his manager at Athletic Bilbao knows it as well, opting to loan the striker to second division English team Middlesbrough instead of having him start for Bilbao. He made his way to Bilbao from Osasuna for €4 million transfer fee, although it should’ve been for less than half in my opinion. His time with Bilbao was very unsuccessful, scoring just five goals in two and a half years with the club. In Bilbao’s defense, they purchased the Spanish forward after he netted nine goals with Osasuna the previous seasons, but lack of form and injury will likeky never see him be a threat in La Liga again.
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?Get Your Free Access Now!