Our staff will periodically weigh in on who are currently the best players across the globe at their respective positions.
After much deliberation (“Matic? you’re a homer!” – “No, I’m not! I left off Eden!” and “Dude, Kroos, no James??” – “Yeah dude, KROOS…but it’s close,” among many other points of contention), we reached a consensus.
Without further ado…
GK: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany)
RB: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/Argentina)
CB: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/Belgium)
CB: John Terry (Chelsea/England – retired)
LB: David Alaba (Bayern Munich/Austria)
CM: Nemanja Matic (Chelsea/Serbia)
CM: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/Germany)
RM: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)
LM: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)
ST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Sweden –
ST: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/Argentina)
On the Bench:
GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/France)
CB: Mehdi Banetia (Bayern Munich/Germany)
LB: Marcelo (Real Madrid/Brazil)
CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea/Spain)
LM: Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Belgium)
RM: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/Netherlands)
ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France)
-Manchester City (3) leads the pack among starters as well as Argentina (3).
-No Brazilians were fielded in the starting XI.
-34-year-old John Terry’s resurgence has not gone unnoticed, nor has the meteoric rise of teammate Nemanja Matic.