Ghanaian players to watch as Spanish La Liga begins

Partey will play for Atletico Madrid

The Spanish league has been arguably the best league in the world in the last decade. Many great players have come to leave their legacies in the league: the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Telmo Zara, Raul Gonzales, Carlos Puyol and currently the two best players in world football – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Andres Messi.

The league, La Liga, which started in the 1928/29 season saw FC Barcelona be the first winner.

However, the Spanish La Liga has seen players from about 99 countries, across the length and breadth of the world, feature.

The world’s current top two players ply their trade in La Liga

The league has, however, not seen many Ghanaians make a mark during their peak as compared to the other players from other countries.

Sixteen Ghanaian players have featured in La Liga, some have been on loan spells while others stay for about 2-3 seasons and move elsewhere.

Mubarak Wakaso is the only Ghanaian player who has made several outings, for five different clubs. The aggressive midfielder made appearances for Villarreal and Espanyol between 2010-13 seasons. He returned from Rubin Kazan on a loan move to Las Palmas for the 2015-16 season. He stayed in Spain and played for Granada in 2017 and will hope to make an appearance in the 2017/18 league season for his new club Alaves.

Atletico Madrid versatile midfielder Thomas Partey is behind his national teammate for many seasons spent in the league.

He signed for the club in 2014 and has already made 29 appearances, netting three goals. Before that he had some loan spells with Mallorca and Almeira in two seasons.

He went on to make 68 appearances, scoring 9 goals during his loan spells with the two Spanish clubs. He was a runner-up in the Champions League 2015-16, as they lost to their city rivals Real Madrid.

Las Palmas has also had a great and exciting player in Kevin-Prince Boateng, who on 2 August 2016 signed for the Spanish club and went on to make 28 appearances, netting 10 goals.

On 24 October 2016, Boateng scored a goal against Villarreal which was regarded by some pundits as one of the best goals of La Liga that year.

Unfortunately for the Spanish side, the experienced midfielder had to part ways with Las Palmas.

On 16 August 2017, Las Palmas announced that Boateng had cancelled his contract with the club on mutual consent, citing “irreversible personal reasons” for the decision.

READ: Kevin-Prince Boateng returns to Germany

It’s always been intriguing from the Ghanaian perspective to have had some magnificent players to have tasted one of the most exciting leagues in the world.

The Spanish league will commence this weekend, on 18 August 2017.

Currently, Ghanaians will only see Partey and Wakaso face Girona and Leganes respectively and hope to start on a bright note.

By Derrick Ayim|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana

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