Spain's position as the most supreme team on the plant is one undoubted after their record-breaking trio of successive triumphs at international tournaments
Victory in Euro 2008 ended decades of under-achievement, and Spain's golden generation followed up with World Cup success two years later and another Euro crown in 2012.
Unsurprisingly, Spain's star performers excel at club level too and their dominance can be highlighted in the market value of their most prominent players.
Using data from the brilliant Transfermarkt, GMF has cobbled together a list of the most highly valued central midfielders in world football, with four of Spain's finest topping the rankings.
Andres Iniesta, recently voted UEFA's Best Player in Europe, has the highest value of any midfielder in the world, with the Barcelona star worth a hefty £61.5 million.
Some way behind the 28-year-old is his clubmate and compatriot Cesc Fabregas, who has seen his value increase since moving to the Nou Camp from Arsenal little over a year ago.
Manchester City maestro David Silva is fourth with a value of £44 million - £18 million more than City signed him for from Valencia - while Sergio Busquets is rated at £37 million.
Silva's City teammate Yaya Toure also makes the top ten, while there are three Germans in the list in the form of Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze.
1. Andres Iniesta - £61.5m
2. Cesc Fabregas - £48.5m
3. David Silva - £44m
4. Sergio Busquets - £37m
5. Mesut Ozil - £35m
6. Luka Modric - £35m
7. Yaya Toure - £32m
8. Bastian Schweinsteiger - £31m
9. Daniele de Rossi - £30m
10. Mario Gotze - £26.5m
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