As many as 87 Spain-based players were at the 2022 World Cup
LaLiga’s stars showed what they’re made of at World Cup 2022. A total of 22 players from the Spanish top flight reached the semi-finals.
Here at Diario AS, we’ve put together a rundown of LaLiga's most notable representatives in Qatar…
Walid Regragui’s team made history at the World Cup, becoming the first African country to make it to the tournament’s last four.
Sevilla pair Bono and Youssef En-Nesyri had a big hand in that. Bono was one of the best keepers in Qatar, with MVP displays vs Spain and Portugal.
En-Nesyri silenced the doubters. The spearhead of the Atlas Lions' attack, he scored two goals, including the strike that took his team into the semis.
Jawad El Yamiq was a surprise star. The Valladolid man won his place in the side in the knockouts, and was close to scoring a bicycle kick against France.
Ez Abde was given a substitute’s brief, the Osasuna man getting on against Croatia, Belgium and Spain. At 21, he’s a promising prospect.
As well as Atlético’s Nahuel Molina, Rodrido de Paul and Ángel Correa, more LaLiga players picked up winners’ medals. Sevilla’s Marcos Acuña and Gonzalo Montiel were key in defence.
In the final against France, Montiel scored the winning penalty to secure Argentina’s third World Cup. Papu Gómez, also a Sevilla player, had a less of role in the Albiceleste team.
Real Betis’ Germán Pezzella and Guido Rodríguez, and Villarreal’s Juan Foyth and Gerónimo Rulli, were also fringe members of Lionel Scaloni’s squad.
Real Madrid's Luka Modric was key to Croatia's run to the semis, while Osasuna’s Ante Budimir was involved against Japan and Morocco. They came home with a bronze medal.
Together with João Félix, William Carvalho was an important player for Portugal. He was the midfield fulcrum, and was missed against Morocco.
Betis full-back Youssouf Sabaly was ever-present for Senegal, while Rayo’s Pathé Ciss grew into the World Cup. He ended up as a starter in midfield.
Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah was the lungs of the US team. He played the full 90 in three out of four of the Stars and Stripes’ games.