Sergio Ramos has won two leagues with Real Madrid these last ten years. The defender has become the third highest scoring defender in all of LaLiga history, with a total of 66 goals.5. BusquetsSergio Busquets is the midfielder who has played the most minutes in the last decade in La Liga, adding 25,530 minutes. During these years, the player has scored 8 goals and made 25 league assists.FC Barcelona, club in which he has played since 2008, has managed to win six leagues in the last decade.6. EvenThe current Valencia player has played 25,041 minutes in LaLiga the last ten years. He started the 2010/11 season as a Getafe player, with whom he scored 3 goals and 5 assists in the league.In the 2011/12 season he signed for Valencia. Since then, the Valencia captain has scored 53 goals and 49 assists for the club.7. PiquéGerard Piqué has played the last decade with FC Barcelona, and adds 24,716 minutes. During these years, the player has become one of the best defenses in LaLiga.He has achieved 25 goals and 7 assists for the club in the league, and has raised 6 leagues with Barcelona in the last ten years.8. Cristiano RonaldoThe Portuguese striker became the best Real Madrid player of the last decade, for which he added 24,508 minutes disputed. During his career at Real Madrid the last ten years, he has managed two leagues and he has scored 285 league goals and achieved 85 league assists.With Real Madrid he won two leagues in 2013 and 2018. As for personal titles, has achieved four Golden Balls, three Golden Boots, three Pichichi Trophies of the Spanish League and a Player of the Year trophy for the League.Currently, the Portuguese striker plays for Juventus, the club for which he signed this season and with which he has 21 goals.9. GabiThe Spanish midfielder has played for the last decade 24,210 minutes in the league. In the 2010/11 season he played for Zaragoza in the first division, with which he scored 11 goals and achieved 5 assists.After finishing the season, he signed for Atlético de Madrid, with which he managed to win a league in 2014. During his time at Atlético, he has achieved 6 goals and 26 league assists.This season, Gabi signed for Al Sadd, with whom he has played ten games and managed one assist.10. IraizozGorka Iraizoz is the goalkeeper who has played the most minutes during the last decade in LaLiga, reaching the 23,655 minutes disputed.The decade began as an Athletic goalkeeper, with whom he has conceded 293 goals and managed to maintain the clean sheet in 64 games.In the 2017/2018 season, he signed for Girona and played 16 games. It is currently retired.11. KokeThe midfielder has played in the last ten years with Atlético de Madrid, and has added 23,159 minutes. Won their only Spanish league in the 2013/14 season.Koke has managed to score 31 goals and 78 league assists for the club over the past ten years. The Santander League is one of the most powerful and competent league competitions in the world. Many of the best players in history have played in Spain, such as Messi, Di Stéfano, Cristiano Ronaldo or Johan Cruyff. Despite the large number of players who have competed in La Liga, so only the best can stand out and have a long career.The Transfermarkt portal has carried out the eleven of the players who have played the most minutes during the last decade in the Santander League, an eleven that adds up 520 million euros market value. Of the eleven players that appear, seven continue to play in the Spanish league.FC Barcelona highlights, which has four players who currently play for the club at eleven. Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid and Valencia have a player in eleven.This is the eleven players with the most minutes played in the last decade in LaLiga: 1. Leo MessiThe Barcelona player has played 28,850 minutes in La Liga the last 10 years, in which he has scored 349 goals and 139 assists. During this decade, FC Barcelona has won six leagues.As for the individual awards, the Argentine forward has won six gold boots, six Spanish League Pichichi trophies, six trophies for the best player of the season and six Golden Balls.2. GriezmannThe French striker has disputed 26,701 minutes in the last decade of La Liga. Antoine Grizmann has played on three teams in the last ten years: Real Sociedad, Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona.He debuted in the First Division with Real Sociedad in the 2010/11 season. He remained at the Basque club until the 2013/14 season. During these four years, Griezmann scored 47 league goals.In 2014 he signed for Atlético de Madrid, becoming one of the club’s top scorers. He played for five seasons in the Madrid team, with which he scored 114 goals in LaLiga.This last season he signed for FC Barcelona, with which he has 13 goals. This season Griezmann could win his first Spanish league.3. GodínDiego Godín has 26,028 minutes in La Liga since the 2010/11 season, in which he signed for Atlético de Madrid. The Uruguayan became a key defender in Atlético’s eleven. In the season 2013/14 won their only Spanish league. During his time at Atlético the last decade he achieved 17 goals and 10 assists in the league.The Uruguayan defender signed for Inter Milan this season, where he has played 17 games and has made one assist.4. Sergio RamosThe Real Madrid captain has played 25,713 minutes in the Spanish league since 2010. This last decade he has played in the Madrid club, and has become one of the best players in the club, adding 42 goals and 16 assists.
Host Ray Stubbs was joined in the studio by Henry Winter and Patrick Barclay.The boys reflected on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, including Arsenal’s shock defeat to West Ham.
What does the death of Michael Jackson mean to an Indian of my generation? A generation not much removed from the late pop idol in terms of age, but hugely distant nevertheless in cultural orientation. More pointedly, why should the possibly drug-induced cardiac arrest of a skinny (even anorexic) Black crooner of dubious musical depth and ambiguous sexual preference, stir up anything more than a fleeting ripple of grief among middling Indians? Indians whose idea of good looks is inseparably tied to physical heft wrapped in a fair skin, who are apt to bristle at so-called deviant proclivities, and whose range of popular-music taste began with Lata Mangeshkar and ended with Kishore Kumar? But not even the most insular of Indians — particularly those who lived, studied or worked in the United States in the 1980s — could claim to be untouched by the Jackson Phenomenon. It came roaring into the America’s collective consciousness in the early years of that decade, and sustained itself into the 1990s, with generous help from extra-musical happenings in the singer’s life — not least, his colorful lifestyle.And to those of us who landed there as graduate students at that time, the man was our introduction to a pan-American concept of cultural identity, and his work was our gateway of sorts to American acculturation and acceptance.I can never forget the sight of an Indian friend at Ohio University in Athens carrying a brand new copy of Michael Jackson’s just-released Thriller album into my dorm room. “Milinda,” I exclaimed. “You too!” (His real name was Milind, elongated by friends to rhyme mischievously with “Melinda.”)Milind hailed from Dhule, a small dusty town in northern Maharashtra and, although as smart as the next doctoral student, he was as alien to the world of pop music as rustic Dhule is to the razzmatazz of Los Angeles. A sheepish grin attesting to his plight of being caught with a hand in the sinful cookie jar, Milind explained, “Just wanted to find out what all the noise is about…”He sure did. I suspect it got him so clued in to the conversational reference points of American campus life that he soon put on a slurry Yankee accent, began dating American girls, and finally ended up marrying his Filipino classmate. (Remember that Filipinos, colonized once by the United States, often turn out to be more American than the Americans.) Milind, a former comrade-in-the-making who spouted Marxist jargon after a couple of stiff drinks, is today the epitome of capitalist success. As a senior executive in a U.S.-based multinational company, he counts his financial assets in the millions.Not all of us took that route. I can speak best for myself. I first landed in the U.S. in September 1982, weeks before the Thriller album release. Although familiar with Western cultural mores, thanks to the typical Indian city-bred youth’s diet of Time, Newsweek and Hollywood films, my favorites in non-Indian music were restricted to the Beatles whose tunes often echoed international influences and whose lyrics sometimes nudged the frontiers of poetry, and to the foot-tapping rhythms and the occasionally insightful themes from Boney M and Abba numbers.When I reached the country, America was done with condoling the senseless 1980 killing of Beatle John Lennon, and Abba too had somehow become passé. Boney M, strangely, was nowhere on the scene or in the music stores, thanks — I was told — to a rift between the Caribbean pop group’s business manager and the American recording industry honchos.The stage, I guess, was all set for a relatively new entrant on the American — and international — music landscape. Michael Jackson, with his smartly crafted Thriller, stormed into it: the album created unprecedented tremors. As an eye-witness in the U.S. — that is, at the very epicentre of the quake — I have never seen a music album grab a nation’s attention and its affection in such measure. It played in homes, in dormitories, in cafeterias, in malls, in cars, in airports, and in the boom boxes carried on shoulders by youths wearing turned-back baseball caps. With fans gobbling up nearly 60 million copies, Thriller remains the world’s largest-selling music album. Soon Jackson was seen grabbing something else — his own crotch, if you please. Was it because his later albums did not fare as well, that he resorted to cheap street-corner tapori-like pelvic thrusts, not to mention those bizarre get-ups and outfits? Was he — with an emphasis on his nimble-footed dancing skills and hi-tech videos — heralding an age of the “star-performer” to replace the bygone era of a mere “singer”? Did that emphasis effectively cover up — and later, come back to expose — the vacuity of his music and lyrics? And did that vacuity in fact reflect the state of his personal life?Genuine fans of the pop star — who fondly remembered an outrageously talented kid of five leading his older brothers in the old Jackson Five concerts — were aghast at the decline. The rumored drug-related excesses, the whispered fondness for young boys, the façade of media-showcased marital happiness to counter allegations of child-molestation, the flirtations with Islam and Jehovah’s Witness, the multiple medical procedures which resulted in his pale and bloodless plasticene look and a horrific distortion of his facial features. The final straw, I believe, came when Jackson dangled his little child head-down outside the upper-floor hotel window in Berlin when his fans clamored for a look. No amount of publicity thereafter about Michael’s physical and mental trauma at the hands of an abusive father during his childhood years could convince people that the pop star had not come unhinged.I must thank Mr. Jackson though for a sudden spurt in my popularity as a teaching assistant in the mid-1980s. After a class, students flocked around me with an unusual interest in the subject I was assigned to teach. Later, a student blurted out the explanation: “Oh, we think you’re really trendy,” she said. The class was apparently taken in by the fact that I had, like Michael Jackson, worn white socks with black shoes. Little did those undergrad teenyboppers know the real reason for the “trendy” choice: my dark-coloured socks were awaiting a tumble in the dryer!Let my wife’s elderly aunt from Karnataka have the last word on Michael Jackson’s sexiness. She sat through one of his videos where he chases a girl and, in the process, repeatedly gets in and out of a car. “What’s so sexy about a man who follows a girl into a car, then crawls out of it behind her, and does nothing in between?” she asked, with a wry shrug. Related Items