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My FM18 RCD Mallorca XI

To mark the end of my 9 seasons in this save, I decided to cobble together My Mallorca XI. This is not necessarily a collection of the XI best players to have come through the doors of the Son Moix but rather the XI players I feel have greatly influenced me throughout the save. I will explain each player’s inclusion along with detailing their Mallorca appearances and goals (league only, in the interest of fairness and ease). I will have links to screenshots of their attributes upon signing and on the final day of my save (or prior to their retirement in one case).

4-1-4-1

We played a 4-1-4-1 for the majority of this save and, as such, I have lined up My XI in this formation.

GK – Jaume Riera

League Apperances: 129, Clean Sheets: 45

Jaume Riera came to us through our Youth Intake in Season 3 (March 2020). His journey to the senior team wasn’t quite as planned, aged 16 he was thrust into first team action in our first top flight season in the midst of an injury crisis. He showed such great development during the early part of this season that he ended up securing his place in the team for the whole season. We limited him to cup appearances only in his second season before he returned to being first choice from the following season until the present day. Aged 21 he has already amassed over a century of senior appearances along with a handful of youth international caps. Rarely have I seen such a young player develop so quickly and that alone merits his inclusion in this team.

Jaume Riera on intake day and at the end of Season Nine.

DR – Joao Gois

League Apperances: 105, Goals: 0

Gois was signed for the sum of £325k from Aves, Portugal, in August 2019. At the time this was considered a significant expenditure but he was a player that was too good to turn down at the time. The reason for Gois’ inclusion is down to the legacy he left as he represented a change in playing style that shaped the remainder of my time at the club. A player with a high attribute for long throws and the coveted ‘long flat throw’ trait, we used this to great advantage in attacking situations leading to a number of goals frm such scenarios. Gois would lead the way for future young players Biel and Ousmane Sow in tutoring them to utilise this throwing ability. Gois was released at the end of his contract in 2023 and would play two further seasons back home in Portugal before retiring.

Joao Gois on signing and prior to his retirement in 2025.

DL – Salva Ruiz

League Appearances: 176, Goals: 0

Left back was a spot we really struggled to fill following Salva’s departure. Ruiz was part of the club when I joined and offered a good attacking outlet with defensive stability. He was never a bright shining light and perhaps his inclusion here is somewhat fortunate as a result of being the only consistent left sided full back of note we had during the save. He would be sold on to Sevilla for £2.2m in January 2023.

Salva Ruiz at the end of Season Nine.

DC – Horacio Tabarez

League Appearances: 177, Goals: 13

Tabarez was a Juy 2020 signing from Nacional, Uruguay, for £1.9m. A centreback with bags of potential and capable with either foot, he developed well into a first class defender. He was a danger in the box from attacking plays as shown by his decent return of 13 goals for a defender, along with a number of assists. Monaco came calling in July 2025 and Tabarez was sold on for £20m – a great financial profit.

Tabarez on signing and at the end of Season Nine.

DC – Joao Palhinha

League Appearances: 122, Goals: 4

Joao Palhinha was signed from Sporting Lisbon, Portugal, in July 2020 for £1.1m following his transfer listing. Despite costing less than Tabarez, he was the first ready made top level player signing we made. The two forged a fantastic partnership in the early days of our top flight seasons prior to Porto coming calling in January 2024 with the sum of £6.5,. A return home was too good for Palhinha to turn down and we said farewell to a great servant of the club.

Joao Palhinha on signing and at the end of Season Nine.

DM – Carles Alená

League Appearances: 123, Goals: 11

It is natural for midfielders to gradually drop back to the DM strata as they age, however, Alená followed the opposite path. A £1.1m signing frm Barcelona in July 2021, Alená slotted in initially as a Deep Lying Playmaker in DM before eventually advanacing to become a CM(A). He was a great all round midfielder who began to find his goalscoring touch. He was also adapt at assisting goals but really found his niche as the famous ‘assister to the assist’. A player with more player traits than you could shake a stick at, he was eventually snapped up by Monaco in July 2025, when they activated his release clause of £20m, to link up with Horacio Tabarez again.

Carles Alená on signing and at the end of Season Nine.

MR – Ernest

League Appearances: 104, Goals: 26

Ernest is a striking addition to this list given that he is actually not very good, attribute wise! A youth intake player from March 2020 along with Riera, he was thrust into the first time in similar circumstances. He maintained his position there for a number of seasons due to his surprising goalscoring record of 1 in 4. Eventually being displaced in the final season by Gerard Deulofeu, Ernest would drop down to the Mallorca ‘B’ team where he would claim 5 goals and 8 assists in 19 appearances there.

Ernest on intake day and at the end of Season Nine.

ML – Jiri Gabriel

League Appearances: 107, Goals: 47

Perhaps our first, and only (?), truly World Class player. Jiri Gabriel was signed from Tigres, Mexico, for £10m in August 2022. Initially a striker, he was converted to play as a goalscoring left mdifielder when I decided we could not displace Mayoral up front. Gabriel was adept at not only finding the goal but also making darting outside runs to cut back for assists. We fended off approaches from several clubs in 2025 but when Arsenal came along in January 2026 with an offer of £105m we could not turn them away. The Czech (or ‘Czexican’ as named by Servalarian in Slack, due to his strange appearance at Tigres) was truly an outstanding player for us.

Jiri Gabriel on signing and at the end of Season Nine.

MC – Mahmoud Ragab

League Apperances: 224, Goals: 44

Mahmoud Ragab was a July 2019 signing from Al-Ahly, Egypt, for £325k. Again, a vast sum at this stage but I had seen a lot of potential in him. Ragab fulfilled a number of positions but mostly either as a Box to Box midfielder or CM(A). As his record suggests, he was fond of popping up in goalscoring positions, he ‘shoots from distance’ trait was at times a nuisance but also a saving grace when he would strike from range out of nowhere at crucial times to rescue draws or secure late victories. Ragab and fellow XI midfield partner Ngwenya struck up a great dynamic in the central midfield which was instrumental in our rise.

Mahmoud Ragab on signing and at the end of Season Nine.

MC – Allan Ngwenya

League Appearances: 88, Goals: 6

Ngwenya was signed at the same time as Ragab in July 2019 from Zanaco, Zambia, for a measly £28k. The only player in this XI not to amass over a century of appearances, he was a shining beacon in his brief period at the club. As mentioned, his partnership with Ragab was a sight to behold and he became a top assister and a driving force in the middle of the park. Arsenal pounced in January 2022 to make Ngwenya our first BIG transfer out with a fee of £20m – an astonishing profit made for the big Zambian.

Allan Ngwenya on signing and at the end of Season Nine.

ST – Borja Mayoral

League Appearances: 290, Goals: 159

It is fitting that Borja Mayoral is the final inclusion. Somehow we managed to hoodwink Real Madrid into letting us loan him entirely free of charge for 7 consecutive seasons. We tried numerous times during this period to seal a permanent deal but it was only upon his release from Madrid in June 2024 that we were able to make him a bonafide Mallorca player. Mayoral took just 3 seasons to break Samuel Eto’o’s Mallorca goalscoring record of 54 goals. At only 29 he would be well placed to go on and break Francisco Soler’s appearance record of 338 also. A special striker who would score all sorts of goals, Mayoral dragged us out of a hole on numerous occasions. It’s doubtful as to whether I’ll strike up another love affair with a Football Manager player like this.

Borja Mayoral on first loan signing, permanent signing and at the end of Season Nine.