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Best XI: 1980s

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Maradona stunned the world during the 80s (©GettyImages)
Maradona stunned the world during the 80s (©GettyImages).

The 1980s were an exciting time for Football. It featured sides like Sacchi's AC Milan, Giovanni Trapattoni's Juventus, the 1982 Brazil and players like Diego Maradona, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten.

Here is my take on the greatest starting line-up possible from 1980 till 1989.

Formation : 3-5-2

Goalkeeper : Michel Preud'Homme

The Belgian keeper was well-known for his terrific reflexes and agility. He probably was the best '80s shot-stopper, even though he didn't win many major trophies.

Right-Centre-Back : Gaetano Scirea

The captain of the Bianchoneri's golden generation in the 80s, the idolized Scirea was a graceful sweeper with tactical ability and great leadership skills.

Centre-Back : Franco Baresi

The sweeper from Brescia, is one of the greatest defenders football fans have ever witnessed. He was voted as A.C. Milan football player of the century in 1999.

Left-Centre-Back : Daniel Passarella

Certainly the best defender Argentina gave to the footballing world. A marvellous leader, confident passer with great awarness in the defensive line.

Defensive-Midfielder : Frank Rijkaard

Frank Rijkaard ranks as the archetype ideal defensive-midfielder. Tall, strong, quick, technical and aggressive, he'd often had more steals in a game than all the defenders combined. 

Centre-Midfielder : Socrates

The Brazilian with the doctor's degree, was a player that could lead and calm the midfield in any situation. A great playmaker and teammate.

Right-Attacking-Midfielder : Ruud Gullit

Gullit was a phenomenal athlete and an incredibly strong, fast and versatile midfielder. His performances with A.C. Milan in 1987 and 1989 gave him the World Football Player of the Year award.

Attacking-Midfielder : Michel Platini

The current UEFA president was an amazing passer, a free-kick specialist and won the Ballon d'Or three consecutive times, which made people consider him as one of the best playmakers in football history.

Left-Attacking-Midfielder : Zico

He is known as "White Pele", as he was the most exciting Brazilian since the great Pele had retired. He is commonly considered as one of the most skilled playmakers and one of the best passers ever.

Inside-Forward/Second-Striker : Diego Maradona

One cannot really argue with the pick of the arguably greatest football player that ever lived, in any possible football XI.

Centre-Forward : Marco Van Basten

One of the finest strikers in football's history, Marco van Basten married the technique and vision of a playmaker and the elegance of a winger with the killer instinct of a great striker.

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