Selecting La Liga's greatest XI from the last decade (2010-2020)

Barcelona v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg

Some of the best footballers in history have played in La Liga over the last 10 years.

While the Premier League will continue to be considered the most competitive, Spain's top division has been remarkably dense with quality amongst the top three clubs.

Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona during the turn of 2010s will go down in legend, never mind the fact arguably the best two players ever shared the competition for nine years.

So, in celebration of La Liga's stellar players and moments since 2010, we've decided to draw up the best possible starting XI for the decade as a whole.

Obviously, there are certain players who fall straight into the team, but there's also some incredibly contentious positions. Check out our selection below and see what changes, if any, you'd make.

GK - Jan Oblak

The Atletico Madrid number one is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world; has won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy four times in a row and conceded just 18 goals(!?) during the 2015-16 season.

Obviously, this is a highly competitive position for La Liga, but the quartet of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Victor Valdes, Keylor Navas and Thibaut Courtois (largely for his Atletico spell) simply can't answer to the Slovenian.


RB - Dani Alves

The most decorated footballer in history and potentially the greatest right-back ever.

Alves enjoyed the best years of his career at Camp Nou and won five La Liga crowns, three Copa del Rey trophies, two Champions League titles and two FIFA Club World Cups in the decade we're assessing.

Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alve

CB - Sergio Ramos

Despite 'only' topping La Liga twice throughout this decade, Ramos lives and breathes silverware and earns his place in this team for winning the Champions League four times if nothing else.


CB - Gerard Pique

To be fair, Carles Puyol was arguably a better centre-back than his successor in their respective primes but we're talking about the 2010s here, so Pique has to be given the nod.

The Spaniard has transformed himself from a Manchester United reject to part of the furniture at Barcelona and you have to wonder whether the Blaugrana's defence will fold when he eventually retires.

Barcelona v Athletic Club - Copa del Rey Final

LB - Marcelo

The first out-and-out Barcelona vs Real Madrid decision in this team, Marcelo earns his selection after reaching the FIFPro World XI six times and wracking up over 400 appearances since 2009.

So, yes, that means Jordi Alba misses out by the finest of margins. The Spaniard scored in a European Championship final during his Valencia days and went on to become a regular fixture at Camp Nou.


CDM - Sergio Busquets

That's right, there's no Luka Modric or Xabi Alonso in this midfield. Instead, we're going for arguably the most underrated player in football history.

Busquets boasts a larger trophy cabinet than the Real Madrid duo, gels far better with our other two midfield choices and above everything else, has been world-class for every single season of the decade.


CM - Andres Iniesta

Duh. There's nothing we can say about the mercurial ex-Barcelona man that hasn't already been said and it would be a crime against football if we didn't select one of football's greatest ever.

FC Barcelona v Chapecoense - Joan Gamper Trophy

CM - Xavi

The second consecutive no-brainer. Age meant that Xavi didn't enjoy quite as spectacular of a decade as Iniesta, but he still entered the decade as the beating heart of Pep Guardiola's inimitable Champions League-winning side. 

Juventus v FC Barcelona  - UEFA Champions League Final

RW - Lionel Messi

The greatest player of all time strolls into this team, having won an eye-watering four Ballon d'Or trophies and six European Golden Shoes during the decade in question.

Throw in over 500 goals, seven La Liga wins, two Champions League victories, five Copa del Rey trophies, two FIFA Club World Cups and you have yourself a near-unbeatable 10 years at the top.


ST - Luis Suarez

Never has £64.98 million looked like such a bargain. Suarez has scored at least 25 goals in each of his five full seasons in Catalonia and won the European Golden Shoe with 59 strikes in 2015-16.

Karim Benzema comes in a close second place, scoring over 200 goals in approximately 400 games, while Antoine Griezmann is at least worthy of a mention.


LW - Cristiano Ronaldo

Seriously, just imagine if this team actually played together in this prime. Ronaldo reached the peak of his career at the Bernabeu, winning the Pichichi trophy three times and scoring 48 times during the 2014-15 season alone.

It seems cruel that Neymar hasn't made the cut for his spectacular four seasons at Barcelona, but the Brazilian isn't a patch on prime Ronaldo.