LaLiga: Veteran players are thriving in LaLiga Santander
LaLiga From Joaquin to Molina to Jesus Navas
There has been a trend this season of LaLiga Santander veterans simply not feeling the weight of their years.
It’s becoming an increasing popular trend for clubs to trust older players more, especially with young talent often being hyper-valued in the transfer market.
Here, we take a look at several examples of older stars who are still getting the job done.
Continuing from his fine run to the World Cup final with Croatia, Luka Modric has enjoyed a year in which he has won the most coveted individual award, the Ballon d’Or.
When Rubi selects his starting line-up for Espanyol, it’s essentially Diego Lopez and 10 others.
The 37-year-old stopper has played every single minute of the club’s LaLiga Santander campaign this term, despite losing his place to Pau Lopez in the 2017/18 season.
Ivan Cuellar has been equally as vital for Leganes at the age of 34, having missed just one league match this season, while 35-year-old Asier Riesgo at Eibar is another veteran who is playing to an incredibly high level when filling in for Marko Dmitrovic.
With this being said, there are exceptions, with Miguel Angel Moya having been left without a place in the team by Geronimo Rulli.
Joaquin (37 years old) and Jorge Molina (36 years old) are two of the leagues elder statesmen, with the former having the kind of reputation that a player can only dream of when they are starting out in their career.
Quique Setien totally trusts Joaquin‘s experience on the wing, and the veteran is still performing at the top level when on the pitch.
His goal in the Copa del Rey semi-final was a special moment, while he also netted the winner in the derby against Sevilla earlier in the season.
Molina has scored nine league goals this season, playing in every single match, and is just one strike away from leading the race for the Zarra Trophy.
Garcia is widely considered as the ‘grandfather’ of the current Alaves team, despite being just 32 years old.
He wears the captain’s armband with pride and is a hugely important figure for Abelardo Fernandez.
He has made 22 appearances in the league this term, but his crowning moment was his winning goal against Los Blancos.
Pablo Machin has deployed the Spaniard as a wing-back on the right side, but he also has license to get forward.
Camacho is the oldest active player in the top division of Spanish football, at the age of 38.
He has been with Huesca for 11 seasons, however the 2018/19 season has seen him make his first appearance in LaLiga Santander for 13 years.
His last act in the top flight before this return with Huesca came back in May 2005, when he made a 20-minute cameo for Real Zaragoza against Real Madrid.