Atlético’s growth in recent years is also measured in these parameters. That of the rojiblancos footballers who will play in the World Cup. Years ago, when the relegation to the Second Division and the return to the First Division were still recent, the appointments and concentrations of the national teams passed almost by the Cerro del Espino . They did not leave weeks almost in privacy, with four, five players from the first team only under orders, the majority stayed, it happened the other way around, there were four, five, those who left with their teams. Six were in the 2006 World Cup , for example: Torres, Pablo, Antonio López (Spain), Leo Franco and Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) and Kezman (Serbia). One in 2002, the Mono Burgos (Argentina). In Qatar there will be eleven, surpassing ten in Russia 2018. Grbic, Nahuel, Giménez, Witsel, Llorente, De Paul, Koke, Carrasco, João, Griezmann and Morata are the rojiblancos who will play in Qatar for Croatia, representing eight different countries, Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium, Spain, Argentina, Portugal and France for Costa, Koke, Saúl, Griezmann, Lemar, Lucas Hernández, Godín, Giménez, Vrsaljko and Filipe for Spain, France, Uruguay, Croatia and Brazil in 2018, one more than in the 2016 World Cup, with nine rojiblancos in the appointment: Juanfran, Koke, Villa, Costa, Godín, Giménez, Cebolla Rodríguez, Courtois and Alderweireld for Spain, Uruguay and Belgium.
Llorente, Koke and Morata
The three will represent Spain in Qatar . For the striker it will be the first World Cup after suffering a last-minute injury that prevented him from going to Russia. Permanent for Luis Enrique, he attended the appointment with hip pain that caused him to be absent in Soria, but it is mild, without a problem. Koke is a sure value and Llorente always adds, even from the side, a position that the coach invented for him and that Simeone has later taken advantage of.
His best moment will always be linked to that photo: that of world champion in 2018. MVP of the tournament, he did not score as many goals as in the 2016 Euro Cup in which he was a finalist and also the best of his team (six goals), but his sacrifice and work were always essential for Mbappé and others to shine , essential for achieving 13 of his 23 goals.