How did Spain, a heavy favorite for the F.I.F.A. 2018 World Cup, lose to Russia, rated 60th in the world going into the competition.

July 9th, 2018

Most avid Football fans would agree that the top strikers and goal-scorers in Europe play for Barcelona or Real-Madrid, the top-two teams in La-Liga, the Spanish Football League.

Even Harry Kane, arguably the top Center-Forward from the U.K., plays for Real Madrid.

For Football fans, the hub of league activity, excitement, skill, and entertainment is in Europe, with a popularity-ranking being the Spanish League, British Premier League, German, and French.

While South America arguably produces the world`s best players, their life-aspiration is to play in Europe. That`s where the money is.

When a foreign-born player signs a 5-year contract with Real Madrid (Spain), P.S.G. (France), or Manchester City (British Premier League), ravid Football-fans throughout the world are treated to witnessing history. Never again will there be another Lionel Messi or Christiana Ronaldo. By turning to your cable sports-channel, you can access their magic as a weekly part of your life.

This way, one associates players with their teams, not country-of-origin.

Even the most prestigious European League, preserves the current structure of the existing teams and players in a knock-out competition for the best annual team in Europe.

Again, we see the players shining for their clubs- where the team and it`s supportive staff become bonded into a brotherhood.

That provides the background to a match in the F.I.F.A. 2018 World Cup stunning elimination of Spain by a somewhat anonymous Russian Team, failing to even make it out of the group-stage to the final 16 teams.

What the audience witnessed was Spain showing it`s usual mid-field magic, then dancing around the goal-posts.

But the bottom-line was Spain`s failure to “pull-the trigger” – putting the ball in the back of the net.

What went wrong?

The answer is found by looking at the Top Strikers in La-Liga: None of the elite Spanish team`s forwards qualified for playing for the country where they play, but for their country of origin.

  • Lionel Messi – who played for Argentina, his country of birth
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – who played for Portugal, his country of birth
  • Luis Suarez – who played for Uruguay, his country of birth

One could extend the list, and it doesn`t only apply to Spain. But their unceremonious exit was dramatic.

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