WorldXI of the 21st Century

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GK- Iker Casillas
There have been so many exceptional goalkeepers since the turn of the century, Buffon, Cech just to name a couple. For me though Casillas is the stand out choice, the most capped Spain international, is one of a very select group of players who have won all major club and national championship titles. He has also featured in six consecutive teams of the years from 2006-2012

RB- Philip Lahm
The versatility and talent of this footballer has been shown with him recently adapting to a central midfield position under Guardiola. Lahm has won 5 Bundesliga titles, and a Champions league at Bayern. He has also won over a 100 caps with Germany.

CB- John Terry
A controversial inclusion I believe for some. Labelled captain, leader, legend, at Chelsea. Terry has turned out outstanding performances for Chelsea for over a decade. Resulting in him being named Uefa Club defender of the year in 2005, 2008 and 2009. He has also overcome bad moments in his career, missing the penalty in the champions league final against United, which could have haunted the rest of a players career.

CB- Carlos Puyol
Puyol has been the rock of the Barcelona and Spain teams for the past decade. Although injuries have recently plagued Puyol, the man boasts 21 major titles at Barcelona, and 100 caps for Spain and featured in the team that won the European Championship in 2008 and the World Cup in 2010.

LB- Ashley Cole
Cole has been one of the only English players to carry his club form into international football, boasting 100 caps for his Country. He has had an illustrious club career at Chelsea and Arsenal. Being an integral part of Arsenal’s invincible’s in the 2003/2004 PL season and Chelsea’s champions league triumph in 2012.

CM- Andres Iniesta
One of the greatest midfielders of all time. Iniesta, has had one of the most successful careers of all time. Having scored the winning goal in extra time of the 2010 World Cup Final, a dream we all have as a boy. Also being named the player of the tournament in Spain’s 2012 European Championship triumph. At Barcelona he has had 3 champions league triumphs, and has won countless tournaments. Was also named as the European player of the year in 2012.

CM-Zidane
Although a lot of Zidane’s career was played in the 1990’s, his performance at the 2006 World Cup on its own could put him in this team. In my opinion the best player of his generation, he won a European Championship in 2000 and his trademark volley in the champions league final against Bayern Leverkusen, establishing himself as a Madrid legend. His two goals in the 1998 World Cup final also delivered France their first World Cup.

LW-Cristiano Ronaldo
A machine of a man, Ronaldo has everything if you were to make the perfect player, Ronaldo would be pretty close to that. Recently being named world player of the year, Ronaldo has almost single handedly delivered Portugal to this year’s World Cup. He has won countless trophies at United and Madrid, most notably the champions league in 2008.

ST- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
This man makes my list because of his goal scoring record at each different league and team he has played in. Having played in Eredivisie, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1. Ibrahimovic has certainly had controversies in his career but just looking through his catalogue of goals, you just can’t deny this man’s place in the team.

ST- Thierry Henry
Growing up watching the premier league, this player was always a cut above the rest. Scoring countless unbelievable goals, and delivering so much success to Arsenal. Being part of the invincible’s in 2004, and their all time top scorer with 228 in all competitions, being nominated for world player of the year twice. Also scoring 51 goals for his Country, he won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.

RW- Lionel Messi
There couldn’t be a team of the 21st century without Messi, the four time player of the year is only 26 years old and is already being labelled the best player of all time. His club career at Barcelona has been phenomenal. He scored an unbelievable 73 goals in all competitions in the 2010-11. He’s fired the club to three champions league triumphs, and six La Liga titles. He has yet to fire on all cylinders at international level but that could all change at his years World Cup.

Comment below, on players you believe should have made the team.
Dougie Gordon

4 thoughts on “WorldXI of the 21st Century

  1. Paul Scholes. When Zidane was asked how does it feel being the greatest midfielder in the world, he replied, ask Paul Scholes. Good chat though Doug.

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