Xabi Alonso is the ‘brain’ of Real Madrid. The speed and accuracy of his passing and his vision of the game make him the reference point in the Whites’ midfield. His brilliance was crucial in winning the Copa del Rey in 2011 and the La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup in 2012.
He was brought up in a football family and followed in his father’s and his brother’s footsteps. He started his career playing for his local team Antiguoko in San Sebastián and quickly caught the attention of several scouts from major clubs.
He would soon join Real Sociedad, where he gained further experience and matured as a footballer. However, it was his spell at Liverpool which really made him one of the best midfielders in Europe. He became one of the key players for the Reds and was a commanding presence in midfield for the team which went on to win the Champions League final.
He is also a key player in the Spanish national team. His greatest achievement with this team was winning the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and he was also a member of the squad that won the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.