Date of birth: November 25, 1981
A playmaker with an amazing vision, Alonso has been the backbone for his club, Real Madrid and country. While playing for Spain, Alonso has won the Euro 2008, the Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup, and he has also represented his country in the Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. He won the UEFA Champions League in 2004/05, his first season at the Liverpool. This season, he won the same championship playing for Real Madrid. He is going to have to play a major role in Spain's attempt to retain the title in Brazil.