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GMS contributor Joseph Stuart picks a team made up of players who are plying their trade wearing an Adidas team kit on the pitch.

The team is primarily based on current form but also considers the historic achievements of the players in question.

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Arguably the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment, Neuer is a commanding figure in the Bayern Munich goal and is an outstanding shot stopper.

Always able to keep his cool, the 27-year-old German will be wearing his Bayern Munich and German national team No.1 for plenty more years to come. 

Right Centre-Back: Phillip Lahm (Bayern Munich)

Although being undeniably the best right-back in the world, I am playing Lahm a little tighter in a back three. With the complete package, Lahm both has a great ability going forward, but is also always trustworthy at the back with a great marking and tackling ability.

Included in the 2012 UEFA Team of the Year, Lahm easily beats out the likes of David Luiz and Brazilian team-mate Dante for this spot. 

Centre-Back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Hard tackles, creativity at the back, strong in the air, Ramos has almost got it all for a defender. Since being moved from right-back into the middle of the back, the Spaniard has developed into one of the best centre-backs in the world.

Captaining a star studded Real Madrid side, the 27-year-old has won the 'La Liga Defender of the Year' award for the past two seasons.

Left Centre-Back: John Terry, Captain (Chelsea)

Included in the FIFPro team of the year every year from 2005 to 2009, the Chelsea captain has picked up from a rather silent season last year and is shining once again after the return of Jose Mourinho.

Although maybe not technically as good as Lahm or Ramos, Terry's sheer will and dedication is second to none. A great leader, Terry gives it his all on the field and will his put body on the line to save his team. 

Central Midfielder: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)

Part of a side that won the treble last season in Germany- now a Champions League winner- Schweinsteiger brings a great sense of leadership and experience to this Adidas side.

Voted as the 'Footballer of the Year in Germany' Schweinsteiger just continually impresses and there are no signs of the 29-year-old's ability declining.

Consistently he has been one of the best European midfielders for the past decade and with six Bundesliga titles and now a Champions League, the German will be hungry to win more trophies this season.

Central Midfielder - Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich)

At the time when Bayern splashed out an enormous £38million for Martinez, there were some who felt that he was overpriced. Martinez however has been proving his doubters wrong ever since.

Showing his ability when he stepped up and dominated the midfield as Bayern stunned Barcelona 7-0, Martinez was all over the middle of the park closing down the Barca midfielders, preventing the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta from finding any sort of time and space.

With such a successful first season at Bayern, the Spaniard will be looking to do even better this season. 

Right Attacking Midfielder: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Currently Chelsea's top scorer, the 22-year-old was nominated for PFA Young Player and Player of the Year last season in his first season in the Premier League. A questionable season last year in comparison to his transfer fee for such a young player, under Jose Mourinho, Eden Hazard is slowly becoming somewhat of a magician in the Chelsea midfield.

The Portuguese manager is nurturing his (Hazard) vast talents, and if the Belgian can continue to develop he will surely become one of the most dangerous midfielders in the world.

Central Attacking Midfielder: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

At 24-years-of-age, Muller has made 150 league appearances for Bayern Munich and is still growing as a player. With 47 caps for his country, the youngster is already a highly skilled and talented player.

The German was the top scorer at the 2010 World Cup and came in 6th place for the UEFA Best Player in Europe award 2013. Winning the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) as well as the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup this year was a great experience for Muller and he will hopefully continue to improve and have an even greater season.

Left Attacking Midfiedler: Frank Ribery (Bayern Munich)

The first Ballon D'or nominee on this team, Ribery has had an outstanding season with Bayern Munich. Last season, he was awarded with the UEFA Champions League Best Player award, as well as picking up the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and was named the man of the match in this year's UEFA Super Cup tie against Chelsea.

The Frenchmen was also chosen as 'French Player of the Year'. With Bayern now managed by mastermind Pep Guardiola Ribery will look to thrive under the new management and continue to shine this campaign.

Centre Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 

Currently the world's best and a potential winner of the Ballon d'Or, the amount of goals Ronaldo's scores is just astonishing.

Tied top scorer in the La Liga with 17 goals already this season, the Portuguese forward seems unstoppable. With nine goals in his Champions League group, he's scoring for fun and alongside the likes of Luka Modric, Isco and Gareth Bale is slowly forming what could be the deadliest midfield in the world.

Included in the UEFA Team of the Year seven times, Ronaldo has been runner-up for the Fifa Ballon D'or for two seasons now and this season will be looking to make his move and win the coveted Golden Ball.

Deep-Lying Forward: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Just recently moving to an Adidas club, Gareth Bale will be played just behind Cristiano Ronaldo to hold up possession but also to get the ball from deep and then take it up the field.

Last year's PFA Young Player and Player of the Season had a bit of a slow start at real, but is growing in quality with each passing week. After scoring a perfect hat-trick for his new club, the most expensive footballer of all time will be looking to regain the form that earned him the move to such a prestigious club. 

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