Who would be in your Ultimate XI right now?
It’s not an easy line-up to name. There are difficult decisions to make in pretty much every position.
Alisson Becker, Marc-Andre ter Stegen or Jan Oblak in goal? Does Raheem Sterling get in? Who partners Virgil van Dijk in defence?
ESPN have gone ahead and asked their experts to form the Ultimate XI they feel “could win anything”.
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Money wasn’t an object, although their team had to follow some rules:
- no more than two players from the same club
- use the 4-3-3 formation, a base template for so many top teams
- remain true to each player's position: no picking four center-backs and no using a star in a position he plays the least
- everyone's picks were collated and the most-selected player at each position made the cut for our Ultimate XI
They picked a team that would cost roughly €1.2 billion at current market prices.
It goes as follows…
GK | Jan Oblak | Atletico Madrid | Estimated transfer value: €100 million
RB | Joshua Kimmich | Bayern Munich | €70 million
CB | Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool | €90 million
CB | Kalidou Koulibaly | Napoli | €75 million
LB | Andrew Robertson | Liverpool | €60 million
CM | Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester City | €130 million
CM | N’Golo Kante | Chelsea | €100 million
CM | Frenkie De Jong | Barcelona | €85 million
RW | Lionel Messi | Barcelona | €150 million
ST | Kylian Mbappe | Paris Saint-Germain | €200 million
LW | Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus | €90 million
All estimated transfer values are from Transfermarkt.
That’s some team.
But, as was bound to be the case, ESPN have left out some high-profile names.
Liverpool’s Alisson misses out despite a stellar 2019 and there’s no room for his club teammate Mohamed Salah, either.
Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva has been incredible for Manchester City and Portugal. He can perhaps feel hard done by to miss out.
And no room for Robert Lewandowski? Ouch.
ESPN’s team has caused a stir among football fans.
"Definitely Lewy of [sic] Mbappe. Thiago, Verratti, Bernardo Silva all good picks over De Jong,” one fan wrote on Reddit.
Another opined: “I just have no idea how anyone can consider Mbappe to be better than the likes of Hazard, Salah, Sterling, Neymar out wide or the likes of Griezmann, Kane, Aguero, Lewandowski centrally.”
On Twitter, one fan wrote: “Midfielders better than De Jong; Bernardo, Kroos, Verratti, Pogba, David Silva”.News Now - Sport News