Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams ended his record of consecutive league starts at 251.
Athletic lost 0-1 in the 2022-2023 Spanish La Liga round 19 Celta Vigo expedition held at Vigo Estadio de Balaidos, Spain on the 30th (Korean time). This season, 7 wins, 5 draws, 7 losses, 26 points, staying in 8th place, while recording 5 draws 안전놀이터 in the league.
There were no familiar names on the starting list. It was Williams. Williams has not played in Spanish La Liga for the first time since April 2016. He was sidelined due to a hamstring injury. Williams’ injury status is not yet known.
In the meantime, he was the one who broke all the records in Spain as well as the club. In December 2019, he broke the previous record of 132 consecutive appearances set by goalkeeper Carmelo Sedrun with 133. In October 2021, he even broke the record of 202 consecutive appearances set by Juan Antonio Laranaga.
It was a record that lasted for nearly 7 years. According to the British Sports Bible, at the time Williams had not previously played, Barack Obama was the US president, and the European Football Federation (UEFA) Euro Champion was Spain, the 2012 winner. Real Madrid, who had won 14 Champions League titles in their career, still had just 10 trophies.
Ghanaian-born Williams debuted with Athletic Pro in 2014 and remains with the team. He was called up to the Ghana national team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and started against Korea.