LaLiga Santander takes over the World Cup
If we were to make a Matryoshka doll here at LaLiga with all our players, it would be just as big as the quality and prestige that emanate from our competition. A total of 80 players from 20 LaLiga Santander teams will take part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup which kicked off on Thursday afternoon in Russia.
In order to show how proud we are of the players representing LaLiga Santander at the World Cup, LaLiga has prepared a tribute to the stars vying to get their hands on the biggest honour in world football over the next month. The image of traditional Russian dolls shows all the players that are currently representing every corner of Spain.
The numbers are a reflection of LaLiga Santander's prestige. 80 of the 736 players in Russia played for a LaLiga Santander team in 2017/18. In other words, one in every nine players at the tournament featured in the top flight of Spanish football last season. Goalkeeper Munir Mohand, who plays for CD Numancia in LaLiga 1|2|3, is in action for Morocco, bringing Spain's total figure up to 81.
17 of the 80 LaLiga Santander players competing at the tournament are doing so for Spain, with 63 flying the flag for other nations. Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay all have at least one LaLiga player in their ranks, meaning just ten countries at the World Cup do not have any representatives from Spain's top flight in their squads.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are the clubs with the most players in Russia, with 15 and 14 respectively, while Atletico Madrid have nine, Sevilla FC have six, RC Deportivo have five and Villarreal CF have four. Girona FC, Real Sociedad and RC Celta all have three, while Valencia CF, Real Betis, Getafe CF, SD Eibar, RCD Espanyol, Levante UD and CD Leganes all boast a pair. Athletic Club and D. Alaves complete the set of LaLiga Santander representatives at the World Cup in Russia with one apiece.