Regardless of where your loyalties lie, you cannot help but admire Xabi Alonso and all the mercurial, perfectly groomed skill the Spanish midfield maestro possesses.
Despite both of them being fierce rivals on the pitch during Alonso's time in the Premier League, the Bayern Munich and ex-Liverpool man was more than willing to bring out his admiration for Michael Carrick in an interview with The Sunday Times.
As per Sky Sports, the Spaniard said: "I’ve always seen myself in Carrick. He could play in the Spain national team.
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"And for United he has been a very important player. I remember him and Scholes were like a perfect machine, because Carrick was always in the right position and Scholes was moving around, doing his special things.
But in the national team Carrick doesn’t play that important a role. I could see him being an important figure in making the team better, but it doesn’t happen."
Considering the fact that Michael Carrick is one of the unsung heroes of the Premier League, Alonso is spot on with his comments about the Manchester United vice-captain.
Alonso, during his Premier League career failed to win the Premier League but did manage get European glory with Liverpool in the famous comeback in Istanbul; before leaving for Real Madrid where he was part of a La Liga winning side and also captured La Decima.
After which he left for Bayern Munich, where he has already won the Bundesliga in his debut season with the Bavarians. He also has a World Cup and two European Championships in his international trophy cabinet so far.