If the Celta striker has minutes, he will be the fourth oldest footballer to defend the Spanish shirt in 15 years and he will sneak into the historical top-10
22 mar 2023 . Updated at 05:00 h.
There is a phrase that Iago Aspas has repeated on several occasions in recent years. Who wants to stay active until the head goes faster than the legs. Their twelve goals So far this season in the First Division they show that that moment has not yet arrived and his great performance at the age of 35 has brought him back to the Spanish team at the hands of Louis of the Source and after that Luis Enrique —y Robert Moreno during his stage— did without him in the last close to four years.
Now, the great star of Celta is in a position to sneak into the ten of older players who have worn the shirt of the Spanish national team throughout its history. In the event that he participates against Norway, he would do so at 35 years and 237 days, a figure that, furthermore, only three footballers have surpassed in the last fifteen years.
The record in recent history is held by Aritz Aduriz, born in 1981 and now retired, who said goodbye to internationals playing at the age of 36 and almost ten months. also Ral Albiol he had reached 36—that was four days—when he last wore the red jersey. In the case of David Villaalready exceeded by very little the moas: 35 years and nine months.
The last player with 35 years of age who had entered the calls was the one who was captain of the team, Sergio Ramos, who played his last game in March 2021 at 35 and a day. They also said goodbye at 35, but being even younger than the Celtic youth squad counts, Iker Casillas y Pepe Reinawith the connotation that both were goalkeepers, the demarcation in which sports careers tend to last longer.
Beyond recent times, the historical record is held by another Galician, Luis Surez Miramontes, who said goodbye with about 37 years —36 and 346 days—. But that match was played after an absence from the Spanish team that was even longer than Aspas’: almost six years. The current registry was established in a Spain-Greece of April 1972, with Ladislao Kubala as a technician, and their previous meeting dated from July 1966.
Then two goalkeepers appear: Antonio Ramallets (36 years and 318 days) and Andoni Zubizarreta (36 years and 240 days). Before another goalkeeper and former Celta, Santi Caizares (187 days out of 36 passed) the aforementioned Aritz Aduriz appears. Without having blown out all 36 candles, but older than the moas is now, they appear Gent, Miguel angel Nadal y David Villa. Aspas is now in a position to move into ninth place, displacing If Mara Pea Saleguiwho was a Celta player and coach in the 1930s, and taking Isacio Calleja out of the top-10, whose last duel as an international was played at the age of 35 years and 169 days.
Protagonist in Las Rozas
Iago Aspas is one of the components of Luis de la Fuente’s call-up that will go through the press room this week. He is expected to be tomorrow when he appears in Las Rozas, after yesterday he did Kepa and today, Nacho. At the official press conference prior to the match against Norway, I will accompany the coach lvaro Morara.
In the first training session, which was open to the public and broadcast on the official channels of the selection, it was possible to see how a group of fans who attended chanted his name. There was also, among the public, a vigus team shirt. Yesterday, in the morning session, the national team dedicated a tweet to him in which he chatted smilingly with two of his teammates, Dani Ceballos and Martín Zubimendi. He also showed a goal of his during training.
Kepa aims to start
Kepa Arrizabalaga aims to be chosen by Luis de la Fuente to defend the goal of the Spanish team this Saturday (8:45 p.m., La 1) at the La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga. The goalkeeper predicted a tough game, even though the Nordic team attended the meeting without Haaland. He is making a difference. He is unstoppable in the last meters. On paper it is better that he is not there, but another striker will come out who will do well. We have to focus on the block and not on individuals, argued the Basque.