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Thiago Alcântara

Spain

Position
Club
Age
Midfielder
Liverpool
30
Caps
Goals
Rating
46
2
Group16QFSFF
6
6
6
6

Since the retirements of Xavi and Andres Iniesta, Thiago stands out as perhaps Europe’s most technically accomplished midfielder. The son of World Cup-winner Mazinho and professional volleyball player Valeria – she gave up sport aged 19 to move to Europe with her husband and raise their children – and brother of Rafinha, now at Paris St-Germain, used to try to emulate his father’s moves in the family living room...