Iñaki Williams Sets Athletic Record With 133 Consecutive La Liga Appearances

Inaki Williams Celebrate Osasuna

Iñaki Williams scored the first goal against Osasuna (AC)

Iñaki Williams has been the picture of reliability throughout his career. The striker has been fortunate to avoid injuries over the years and has kept himself in fantastic shape so as to always be available to the manager. On Sunday, as Williams took the field at El Sadar against Osasuna, he set a new Athletic record by making his 133rd consecutive La Liga appearance.

The previous record of 132 games was originally set by legendary goalkeeper Carmelo Cedrún nearly 70 years ago and was matched by Williams two weeks ago in a win over Levante at San Mamés. “It’s really special,” Williams told Athletic TV after Sunday’s win. “It seems like it was yesterday when I debuted and I haven’t been suspended. I haven’t been injured and I hope to increase the number further.”

Williams’s impressive streak began on 20 April, 2016 in a match against Atlético Madrid at San Mamés and the 24-year-old has featured in every La Liga match since then. In addition, Williams wore the captain’s armband in the second half at El Sadar after Raúl García was taken off at halftime due to a suspected groin injury.

Sunday’s match was historic for Williams but he wasn’t the only player to reach a special milestone. By coming on as a second half substitute, Mikel San José made his 300th La Liga appearance for Athletic. Both players will be looking to build on their numbers in the matches to come and Iñaki Williams will be chasing the all-time La Liga record of 202 consecutive appearance currently held by former Real Sociedad player Juan Antonio Larrañaga.

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