Another GMS Academy member, Jack Cunningham, uploaded his greatest XI of players from the past 15 years.
I felt this selection was missing a few key names, so I have decided to put forward an XI of my own, using a 4-2-2-2 formation.
GK: Iker Casillas
It was a toss up between him and Gianluigi Buffon and I would be happy with either but Casillas gets the spot because his recent record is incredible.
The Brazilian is the classiest right back the game has seen in a long time and I doubt anybody could argue against his place in the team and probably the biggest miss from the other article.
Carles Puyol has captained not only the most successful club side of the era but also the most successful international team as. At his peak, the Spaniard would walk into any side in any generation.
CB: John Terry (Cap)
No doubt this choice will ruffle a few feathers but the Chelsea skipper at his best is second to none in at the heart of defence and his leadership skills earn him the captains armband.
LB: Ashley Cole
Widely accepted as one of the greatest left-backs of all time, Cole’s unbeatable stamina and incredible consistency and lock tight partnership with Terry earn him the spot.
CDM: Claude Makalele
The Frenchman virtually invented the modern holding midfield role that most DM’s emulate these days, so for that reason he is the only choice.
Probably the best CM the world has ever seen; his ability to control a game, always being available for a pass and rarely taking more than one touch mean there is only one choice in this position.
CAM: Zinedine Zidane
Zizou should be in the greatest team in footballing history so his inclusion here was a no-brainer.
Has there ever been a player who can control a ball like the Brazilian? Ronaldinho did impossible things every week and teamed up with Zidane would quite simply be the most beautiful thing the game has ever seen.
CF: Lionel Messi
This one clearly needs no explanation.
CF: Cristiano Ronaldo
I would play him up front to allow the two attacking midfielders more freedom and room – let’s face it, he is pretty much a striker anyway.
Subs: Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Nesta, Paolo Maldini, Andres Iniesta, Paul Scholes, David Villa, Ronaldo.
Honourable Mentions: Oliver Kahn, Dida, Sergio Ramos, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Luis Figo, Alessandro Del Piero, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andrea Pirlo, Thierry Henry and Philipp Lahm.
As ever with this type of article countless people will disagree with my selection, so feel free in the comment section to tell me whom I missed out.
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