Euro 2020 isn’t the only international competition kicking off this weekend.
Turkey and Italy raise the curtain for the delayed European tournament on Friday but, over in South America, Copa America will also begin on Sunday night with spontaneous hosts Brazil taking on Venezuela.
Football fans can feast on a month-long festival of football from the best players in Europe and South America with very few fixture clashes.
On some days in Britain, Euro 2020 will have fixtures scheduled at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. While Copa America will follow with games at 10pm and 1am the following day. Yes, please.
But which tournament will have the better players on show?
Well, that’s something that Spanish outlet Marca wanted to explore earlier this week. They created a Copa America XI and a Euro 2020 XI to see which continent boasts the best players this summer.
Let’s take a look at each side.
Copa America XI
Defender: Jose Gimenez
Defender: Davinson Sanchez
Midfielder: Juan Cuadrado
Midfielder: Angel Di Maria
Attacking midfield: Lionel Messi
Forward: Lautaro Martinez
Striker: Luis Suarez
Liverpool’s Alisson gets the nod in goal with Atletico Madrid’s Gimenez, PSG’s Marquinhos and Tottenham’s Sanchez in front of him.
Casemiro is the holding midfielder with Cuadrado and Di Maria on either side of him.
Messi is in the No.10 role behind a talented front-three of Neymar, Lautaro and Suarez.
Euro 2020 XI
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
Defender: Antonio Rudiger
Defender: Ruben Dias
Defender: David Alaba
Midfielder: N’Golo Kante
Midfielder: Toni Kroos
Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne
Midfielder: Frankie De Jong
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo
Forward: Kylian Mbappe
Striker: Robert Lewandowki
Real Madrid’s Courtois comes out top in the battle for the No.1 spot.
While’s it’s no surprise to see Dias at centre-back, it’s perhaps a little bit of a shock to see Rudiger and Alaba on either side of him.
It’s a very narrow midfield four with Kante, Kroos, De Bruyne and De Jong forming something of a diamond.
They will be supplying three incredible strikers with Ronaldo, Mbappe and Lewandowski. Yeah, not bad.
For us, there’s only one winner in this match-up - the Euro 2020 XI.
Okay, the defence may not scream world-class but that midfield four is full of talent. They just take a look at that attacking trio. Not even Romelu Lukaku or Harry Kane can get a look in.News Now - Sport News