Marcos Senna


Marcos Senna: the Villarreal and Spain midfield's one-man balancing act

Marcos Antonio Senna da Silva (Sao Paulo, 17 July 1976) was a midfield metronome who helped make things tick for Villarreal CF and the Spain team that were crowned European champions in 2008. His physical prowess was such that he could have run the engine room for any club in the world as consummately as he did for Villarreal and La Roja. What's more, he continually added to his game in order to make himself indispensable.

A set-piece specialist, his fierce ball striking was undoubtedly another of his strengths and indeed he treated us to numerous spectacular goals despite his natural position being as a holding midfielder. No distance was out of range for Senna because of the way he could unleash piledrivers from anywhere, although opponents were particularly wary when he got to the edge of their box. All in all, he was a complete midfielder who played a key role in the success of both Villarreal and the Spanish national side.