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For that matter, Alejandro Balde his omission from the Spanish World Cup team was given a very bad name in Barcelona, ​​since even according to neutral opinions he is the Spanish left-back in the best shape, among others Jordi Alba, who cannot be kicked out of the national team, is often forced out of Barça because of Balde. The only 19-year-old talent born in Barcelona to a Guinean father and a Dominican mother has never played for the Spanish national team, but was a stable member of various age groups.

When it turned out that José Gaya he cannot travel to Qatar due to his ankle injury, Luis Enrique almost breathed a sigh of relief that he could satisfy the public’s demand and invited Balde from the hip – the player has a telling name, balde means bucket in Spanish. This made Balde the seventeenth Barcelona player to be in Qatar at the World Cup, and this is one more than the number of players delegated by Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

In detail: Barça will add eight players to the Spanish national team (Eric García, Jordi Alba, Balde, Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Gavi, Ferrán Torres, Ansu Fati), two each from the French (Jules Koundé and Ousmane Dembélé) and the Dutch (Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay), one each from the German (Marc-André ter Stegen), the Danish (Andreas Christensen), from Uruguay (Ronald Araújo), to the Brazilian (Raphinha) and Polish (Robert Lewandowski) national teams.

Thus, the Catalan club came to the top of this particular world ranking, since in a tie second Bayern and Manchester City boast 16 world championship players each, Manchester United with 14, and the great rival Real Madrid with “only” thirteen.

In this way, the Catalans are ahead of the capital city at least in this area, even if they are currently one point behind Benzema’s in the Spanish league…

If we look at the leagues, it is not surprising that the Premier League is represented by the most in Qatar, with 136 players, followed by La Liga with 86 players, Germany’s Bundesliga with 75, Serie A with 68, and France’s Ligue 1 with 54 players. . And this roughly reflects the internationally accepted order of strength between the leagues.

(Cover photo: Alejandro Balde. Photo: Cristina Quicler / AFP)