Who’s In? Every Real Madrid Player Included in Their Country’s 23-Man Squad for the World Cup

Even though the likes of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale – two players imperative in Real Madrid’s Champions League final success – will not be in Russia representing their respective countries this summer, Los Blancos still boast an eye-catching number of names at the World Cup.

 
16 players across 11 countries who enjoy their club football at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will sport the colours of their nation as they hunt to round off a scintillating trophy-winning campaign with the greatest prize in international football. 

So, let’s take a look at which Los Blancos’ will be at the 2018 festival of football…

1. Marcelo

Country: Brazil

Year of Debut: 2006

After a troubling time under former coach Dunga which saw Marcelo miss out on the 2010 World Cup, a thrilling rise back to form on the international stage has seen the 30-year-old become an imperative part of Selecao’s XI – with his self-confessed aim no less than lifting the famous gold trophy this summer. 

2. Casemiro

Country: Brazil

Year of Debut: 2011

After captaining his side during Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia in October last year, Casemiro has become a constant fixture in Tite’s starting lineup while the likes of Fernandinho, Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho sharing the two spaces around him. 

3. Keylor Navas

Country: Costa Rica

Year of Debut: 2008

Four years on from Brazil where Keylor Navas made his name known to the world, the 31-year-old returns to the World Cup as a Real Madrid player for the first time. 

Although, the stopper’s occasional lapses in quality domestically this season will certainly be something of interest for Serbia, Brazil and Switzerland during the group stages. 

4. Luka Modric

Country: Croatia

Year of Debut: 2006

Over a decade on since his debut on the international stage, Luka Modric will be hoping to transfuse his ever-present excellent league form into what is likely to be his last World Cup, and the 32-year-old will at least have one friendly face alongside him while he does so…

5. Mateo Kovacic

Country: Croatia

Year of Debut: 2013

Despite Austria being Mateo Kovacic’s country of birth, the 24-year-old was destined to feature for Vatreni after joining Dinamo Zagreb as a young boy and finding success through the nation’s youth system. 

6. Raphael Varane

Country: France

Year of Debut: 2013

Usually a regular feature alongside Sergio Ramos in Madrid, Raphael Varane has featured only once in Didier Deschamps’ XI since October 2017, which came in Les Bleus’s 3-2 home defeat to Colombia – showcasing the serious squad depth France possess this year. 

7. Toni Kroos

Country: Germany

Year of Debut: 2010

Although Manchester City’s Leroy Sane may have been the shock exclusion from Joachim Low’s Germany squad, one name which will undoubtedly be ever-present in Russia is Toni Kroos – whose under-the-radar midfield contribution is arguably up there with any other in the world. 

8. Achraf Hakimi

Country: Morocco

Year of Debut: 2016

A player who has enjoyed his breakthrough season at Los Blancos this year, and one who is able to celebrate such achievement with his first World Cup this summer, is defender Achraf Hakimi. 

It’s unlikely the 19-year-old will find similar levels of success on the international stage to that of domestically in years to come, however. 

9. Cristiano Ronaldo

Country: Portugal

Year of Debut: 2003

The only major prize still missing from Cristiano Ronaldo’s CV after leading Portugal to the European Championship title in 2016 is the World Cup. 

Could this summer be the one which the five-time Ballon d’Or-winner pushes himself beyond the achievements of Lionel Messi? 

10. Dani Carvajal

Country: Spain

Year of Debut: 2014

As Dani Carvajal limped out of the Champions League with an appeared hamstring issue, it looked as though the defender’s World Cup dream would be over. 

However, less than two weeks later manager Julen Lopetegui confirmed the 26-year-old as part of his final 23, but how ready will the Real Madrid man be? 

11. Sergio Ramos

Country: Spain

Year of Debut: 2005

The second most capped Spaniard of all time behind only goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos could take to the field in Russia knowing this summer’s tournament could be his last. 

And what a fitting way it would be for one of La Roja’s greatest servants to go out with the golden trophy held aloft. 

12. Nacho Fernadez

Country: Spain

Year of Debut: 2013

A newbie in comparison to the aforementioned Ramos, and a player utilised more from the substitutes’ bench by coach Lopetegui; however, Nacho Fernandez is indeed a valuable asset to have in any squad. 

13. Isco

Country: Spain

Year of Debut: 2013

After enjoying arguably his most successful season at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Isco will be eyeing this summer’s World Cup in Russia as a stage he can prove his talents to the world, particularly after grabbing a hat-trick during his side’s decimation of Argentina in March. 

14. Marco Asensio

Country: Spain

Year of Debut: 2016

After hitting the headlines around the globe following a scintillating start to the domestic season, and in what will undoubtedly be the first of many World Cups for Marco Asensio, the 22-year-old has the chance to write his name into Spanish history this summer. 

15. Lucas Vazquez

Country: Spain

Year of Debut: 2016

Yet another unsung hero from Los Blancos’ ranks representing La Roja during the upcoming festival of football is winger Lucas Vazquez – a player who, without grabbing the front pages, certainly earned his Champions League winner’s medal this year. 

16. Federico Valverde

Country: Uruguay

Year of Debut: 2017

Even though the teenage midfielder is yet to record a senior outing for Real Madrid, Federico Valverde is part of Uruguay’s World Cup squad this summer after a surprisingly impressive prolonged loan campaign with recently relegated Deportivo La Coruna. 

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