"Ronaldo or Messi?" a common question on every football fans lips, but GMS Academy member Matthew Teague explores both those and other players in contention for the title of world's best player.
For generations the best player in the world has generally been thought of as an attacking player, with some obvious exceptions.
But my theory is, if you put Messi in a defensive role, would he still be the best player in the world? In my opinion the best player in the world, must be a player who is an all-rounder.
Perfect examples are players such as Xabi Alonso, he can attack well, defend well, has great versatility and has almost perfect passing ability. Bastian Schweinteiger, Yaya Toure, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Sergio Ramos are all great examples.
Ronaldo and Messi are without a doubt among the best players in the world, maybe even ever, and they both have very different playing styles, this shows just how hard it is to judge the quality of a footballer.
This is why I feel there is no particular "best player" but best players in their given positions, this is my best starting Xl at the current time.
GK: Manuel Neuer
Neuer kept five clean sheets in the Champions League this past season, and 18 in the Bundesliga, where his save percentage was an impressive 93.
RB: Philipp Lahm
He averages nearly six accurate long passes per game and passes the ball at a success rate of almost 90%. As well as being both Bayer Munich and Germany captain.
CB: Thiago Silva
The former Fluminense and AC Milan defender is one of the most rounded players in football, combining physicality, intelligence and high levels of skill to form an exceptionally good defensive player.
CB: Vincent Kompany
An exceptional all-around player who spent much of his early career in midfield, Kompany offers a powerful and technically complete presence at the heart of the defence. On form, he is the best defender in the Premier League. Although he sometimes lacks consistency.
Marcelo struggled initially at Real Madrid following his arrival from Brazilian football in 2007, but he's since gone on to be a huge hit at Madrid. Now the first-choice for Brazil at left-back, it can be easy to forget that Marcelo, is still just 25, and has plenty more years ahead of him.
DM: Xabi Alonso
His very command over the ball is exceptional and is arguably the best passer in the world. His incredible ability to dictate the tempo of play shows just how difficult this position really is.
RW: Arjen Robben
Dynamic and skillful, Robben's placement on the right wing at Bayern continues to make him a greater goal threat then with any of his previous clubs. His left foot remains a powerful weapon, capable of both curling shots with finesse into the goal or simply smashing them into the back of the net.
CAM: Cristiano Ronaldo
The master of skill, his great strength and ability rightly put him as one of the best in the world.
LW: Franck Ribery
An outstanding dribbler, his ability to swerve and change direction quickly causing full-backs across Europe a huge amount of problems.
ST: Lionel Messi
He has smashed almost every record on the footballing planet and has a house just for his awards! (Not really) Arguably the best player ever was the most obvious choice on my list.
ST: Luis Suarez
Controversy aside, many people love to hate him. His incredible scoring ability and work rate put him up there with the best, unfortunately, this is often over shadowed by his dark-side.
For me the best player in the world is Lionel Messi, possibly even Xabi Alonso.
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